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Mariken van Meenen (Maeyken Eghels), an Anabaptist martyr, drowned at the Steen castle at Antwerp, Belgium, on 5 September 1562 with several other martyrs. Mariken, who was a native of Haerlebeke near Kortrijk, Flanders, is commemorated in the hymn "Lieve broeders, ick groet u met sanghen" (Dear brethren, I greet you with songs), found in theNieu Liedenboeck of 1562 and of 1583 and reproduced by . The account found in van Braght'sMartyrs' Mirror on Mariken and her fellow martyrs is rather insignificant, and erroneously gives as the date of execution of a number of martyrs 15 August 1561.


Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, …, 1685. Part II: 288.

Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 655. Available online at:

Génard, P. Antwerpsch archievenblad: IX, 141, 149; XIV, 32 f., No. 364.

Wackernagel, Philipp. Lieder der niederlandischen Reformierten aus der Zeit der Verfolgung im 16. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt: Hender & Zimmer, 1867. Reprinted Nieuwkoop: B. de Graaf, 1965: 140.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 484. All rights reserved.

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