Adriaenken Jansdochter (d. 1572)

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Execution of Jan Woutersz van Kuyk and Adriaentje Jans of Molenaarsgraaf, Dordrecht, 1572.
Engraving by Jan Luiken in Martyrs' Mirror, v. 2, p. 567 of Dutch edition.
Source: Rijksmuseum.

Adriaenken Jansdochter, an Anabaptist martyr, lived at Molenaarsgraaf, near Dordrecht in the Dutch province of South Holland. She was imprisoned in the Vuylpoort in Dordrecht, and died on 28 March 1572, after being strangled and then burned, along with Jan Woutersz. When Adriaenken learned about her death sentence she thanked God that she was found worthy to offer up her body to God. Her mouth having been stopped with a wooden plug,  she could not speak to the bystanders at her execution, among whom were some fellow believers. The Martyrs' Mirror includes a letter that Adriaenken wrote in prison to her husband, J. A. van Dort, as well as his reply written 18 or 19 January 1572. In this letter her husband encourages her to stand true and persevere in her faith. There is also a song concerning Adriaenken and Jan Woutersz which begins: "Uut de woestyn roepen wy Heer tot dy, Die ons in alle noot staet by" (From the wilderness we cry to Thee, O Lord, Who in every need art near).


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1955

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