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Peter van den Broecke, an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake on 18 August 1550, at Antwerp, Belgium Van Braght's account  that Jan and Pleun died with him is not correct. Jan Lievensz van Gent was executed on 14 August and Pleun, who is called "een Lakenbereider" without the mention of another name, on 22 August. Their death is commemorated in the song Een Liedeken van III Vrienden, No. 4 in the Lietboecxken; it begins with the words, "Ick sal met vreuchden singen een Liet." Van Braght mentions the "three friends" but names only Jan Lievensz. Peter van den Broecke, a baker, was born at Komen (Commines) in Flanders; he later lived in Ghent.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 521-526.

Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doops-gesinde 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, 99, 128.

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: 497, 524. Available online at:

Génard, Petris. Antwerpsch archievenblad VIII: 390, 393; XIV, 18 ff. No. 192.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Peter van den Broecke (d. 1550)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 30 Mar 2017.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 149. All rights reserved.

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