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Sijntgen Wens, also called Sijntgen (Joosyne) Swynts (Swints), and Syntgen de Wind, an Anabaptist martyr, who was secretly strangled on 13 April 1589, with Joos de Tollenaer and Michiel Buyse within the 's Gravensteen castle at Ghent, Belgium, and then hanged. She was 33 years of age and the wife of Pieter Dierkens. She had been (re)baptized at the end of 1588 during a meeting held outside the city of Ghent. Before she was baptized she had already taken part in the meetings of the congregation for six or seven years. The account of this martyr by van Braght in the Martyrs' Mirror is rather short. He mentions that Sijntgen was arrested on 10 January 1589, at ten o'clock in the evening. Verheyden found the particulars (given in this article) in the official records.


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, 764.

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: 1069. Available online at:

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 69, No. 248.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Sijntgen Wens (d. 1589)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 29 Apr 2017.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 527. All rights reserved.

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