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Willem de Snyder (Willem Snyders), an Anabaptist martyr, burned at the stake on 18 May 1570 (Van Braght's Martyr's Mirror has 3 May 1568), near Bruges, Belgium. Verheyden has published a num­ber of particulars on a group of Anabaptists captured while holding a meeting on Ascension Day, 4 May 1570, in the woods of Tillegem near Bruges. Among those arrested were Willem de Snyder and his wife Christijntgen. Willem, whose offi­cial name was Willem Vernon, was born at Dixmuiden and was a citizen of Bruges. He was a wood carver. Before the judges he declared that he had been a member of the church for six years. Though he was cruelly tortured, he refused to recant or to name other members of the Bruges congregation. He was executed with Karel (Kaerle de Raed) and Hansken in't Schaeck at Tillegem. His wife suffered martyrdom a few days later.

Bibliography

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, 369.

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

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Brugsche Martyrologium (12 October 1527-7 Augustus 1573). Brussels, [1944]: 61, No. 65.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959


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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Willem de Snyder (d. 1570)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 24 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Willem_de_Snyder_(d._1570)&oldid=96860.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1959). Willem de Snyder (d. 1570). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Willem_de_Snyder_(d._1570)&oldid=96860.




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