Abraham Tancreet (d. 1559)

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Abraham Tancreet (or Tanghereet), an Anabaptist martyr, burned at the stake in Ghent, Belgium, 7 August 1559. He was born at Nukerke (Nijpkerke) in Flanders and was a tailor by trade. On the Friday following Whitsunday he was captured with eleven others. The execution took place on the Vrijdagsmarkt in Ghent at seven o'clock in the morning. Concerning Abraham and the other eleven brethren and sisters, who all remained steadfast, there is a song: "Ick moet een liet beginnen"(I must begin a song), which appears in the Liedtboecxken van den Offer des Heeren of 1563 (No.14).   It is also mentioned by Wolkan.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 556. Available online at: http://www.dbnl.org/tekst/_off001offe01_01.

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: 620-622. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/contents.htm.  

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 25, No. 62.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903. Reprinted Nieuwkoop, B. De Graaf, 1965:62-71.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1955

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 8. All rights reserved.

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