Anpleunis vanden Berghe (d. 1568)

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Anpleunis vanden Berghe was, according to the Mennonitisches Lexikon, a Dutch nobleman, forced to leave his country estate and to wander, because he had permitted the Mennonites to preach on his estate and had lodged some fellow believers. This information is only partly correct. He was not a nobleman, though he was a rather wealthy man, nor was he from Holland. According to the records he was an agriculteur (farmer) born at Zwevegem in Flanders. He was imprisoned at Kortrijk in Flanders and declared that he had been a member of the Anabaptist congregation there for several years. After cruel torture he was burned at the stake at Kortrijk on 17 December 1568 (Martyrs Mirror wrongly states that he died in 1569, without exact date). His widow Kalleken was put to death on 30 April 1569.


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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: 758. Available online at:

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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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