Anneken van Brüssel (d. 1575)

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Anneken van Brüssel was an Anabaptist martyr whose true name was Tanneken Leonets. She was unmarried. Four fellow believers (Jacob de Schoenlapper and his wife, Tanneken Walraven, and Grietgen, a widow of Brussels) were burned at the stake with her at Antwerp on Pentecost, 22 May 1575, with screws on their tongues. At the close of the account in the Martyrs Mirror it is said that these witnesses produced many writings in their captivity, which were, however, destroyed in the revolt against the Spanish on 4 November 1576.


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, 693.

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: 1007. Available online at:

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Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 73.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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