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Proentgen, an Anabaptist martyr, wife of Karel Tancreet, was put to death with eleven other Anabaptists at Ghent, Belgium, in 1559. This meager account found in van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror can be amplified by information published by Verheyden from the records. Peronne Witgans (her official name) was a native of Belle (Bailleul) in Flanders. Her execution took place on 5 July 1559, at seven o'clock in the morning. She was burned at the stake with five other martyrs, while on 4 July four others, ar­rested several days earlier, had been burned at the stake, among whom was Karel Tancreet, Proentgen's husband. These martyrs are commemorated in a hymn, "Ick moet ein Liet beginnen" (I must begin a song), found in the Lietboecxken.

Bibliography

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

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 400.

Offer, 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.

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 25, No. 66.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959


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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Proentgen (d. 1559)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 1 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Proentgen_(d._1559)&oldid=96127.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1959). Proentgen (d. 1559). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Proentgen_(d._1559)&oldid=96127.




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