Anneken (d. 1571)

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Anneken, the wife of Ydse Gaukes and an Anabaptist martyr, was taken prisoner with 11 others by the Spaniards in Deventer, Holland, 11 March 1571, and was put into the Noordenberger tower. The other 11 were her husband Ydse Gaukes, Dirk van Wesel and his wife Janneken, Herman de Verwer (Wever), Bruijn de Wever, Anthonis de Wever, Claes Opreyder, Lijsbeth Somerhuys, Catharina Somerhuys, Lijntgen Joris and her daughter Trijntgen. At first only four of the 12 remained faithful: the women all became unfaithful but afterward they returned to the faith. On 24 May 1571 some monks came to inform the prisoners that they were to be executed and to warn them; they remained until midnight, trying in vain to persuade them to deny their faith. The next day the execution was to take place, but that day only Anthonis and Bruijn were beheaded. Anneken was burned some time later, but before 16 June together with Dirk, Härmen, Janneken, and the Somerhuys sisters. At that execution suddenly there came about a swaer gedruysch (loud crash), as van Braght tells it, as of thunder, so that the onlookers were thrown down and smitten with fear. On 16 June also the last ones of this company, Ydse Gaukes, Claes Opreyder, Lijntgen and her daughter, were burned at the stake; all remained faithful in their great suffering.


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, 552-554.

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: 885-888. Available online at:

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1919): 29-37.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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