Andries Langedul (d. 1559)

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Martyrdom of Andries Langedul, Mattheus Pottebacker, and Laurens van der Leyen, Antwerp, 1559.
Engraving by Jan Luiken in Martyrs Mirror, v. 2, p. 263 of Dutch edition.
Source: Rijksmuseum.

Andries Langedul, an Anabaptist martyr, was born a leper in Flanders. He was beheaded at Antwerp on 8 November 1559, along with Laurens van der Leyen and Mattheus Pottebakker. Andries was captured while he was reading the Bible. His wife had just been delivered of a child, but could be taken away and thus did not fall into the hands of the persecutors. Andries was executed secretly within the Steen prison at Antwerp. His name occurs also in the song, "Aenhoort Godt, hemelsche Vader" (Give ear, O God, heavenly Father), in the Liedtboecxken van den Offer des Heeren, numbe16r , in which Andries is listed as number 57; he also is mentioned by Wolkan in Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 567. Available in full electronic text at:

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, 262, 269.

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: 633, 639. Available online at:

Génard, P. Antwerpsch archievenblad: IX, 5, 10; XIV, 26-27, No. 303.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 617.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903. Reprinted Nieuwkoop, B. De Graaf, 1965: 63, 72.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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