Adriaen Jansz (d. 1571)

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Adriaen Jansz, an Anabaptist martyr, a hatter by trade, was burned at the stake in 1571 at Lille (Rijssel) in France, with Jelis de Backer. While in prison Adriaen wrote two letters to his wife and one to the "brethren and sisters." These letters, which give evidence of a firm faith, were included in the martyr books, theMartyrs' Mirror among others. The letters were printed for the first time in 1588. Adriaen says that he wrote them "with tears," and wanted to write more, but the circumstances in the prison were not suitable. Evidently he was confined, as was the case with most of the martyrs, in a dark underground dungeon. He asked that greetings be taken to J. S. (Servaes Jansz, according to Vos). Vos is of the opinion that Adriaen was also a preacher.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1955

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