Adriaen Willemsz (d. 1569)

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Adriaen Willemsz, an Anabaptist martyr, was beheaded at Vianen in the Dutch province of South Holland on 22 March 1569. He was captured in his house on the night of 4 April 1568. Much effort was made to have Adriaen return to the Roman Church. Repeatedly, and even after he had been sentenced, he was visited in his cell by monks who "sought to rob him of his faith," but Adriaen remained steadfast and died "with a willing heart, retaining his faith." In contrast to most of the martyrs, he was well-treated and did not have to endure any torture. According to tradition, Adriaen, during his imprisonment of nearly a year, produced various writings, which were lost at the time of a flood in February 1571.


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, 366.

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: 721. Available online at:

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1955

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