Pieter Coerten (d. 1559)

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Pieter Coerten (Coerte, Courte), a cloth shearer, born at Meenen, Flanders, living at Antwerp and later at Gent, an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake with three others on 5 July 1559, on the Vrijdagsmarkt at Gent, Belgium; on 7 August of that year seven more suffered martyrdom. All were members of the Gent congregation and had been seized on Friday after Pentecost, as Hans de Vette relates in his letter, who also gives the names of these eleven martyrs. They all remained steadfast. Their names are commemorated in the hymn "Ick moet een liet beginnen" (I must begin a song), found in the Lietboecxken.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1562, 1567, 1570, 1578, 1580, Amsterdam, 1590, n.p., 1591, Amsterdam, 1595, Harlingen, 1599. The 1570 edition is cited as reproduced in BRN II., 51-486, including Een Lietboecxken, tracterende van den Offer des Heeren (pp. 499-617): 348, 556 ff.

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: 246.

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: 620. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, (1946): 25, No. 58.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 170. All rights reserved.

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