Anthonis Schoonvelt (d. 1561)

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Anthonis Schoonvelt, also named Thonis (Thuenis) van Waestene, an Anabaptist martyr, was strangled and burned on the marketplace at Ieper, Belgium, in 1561. Along with several others he was captured in Ten Hoogensieken, near Ieper, and also remained true to his faith in spite of severe torture. Anthonis and the others spoke very freely and disrespectfully concerning the Roman Catholic Church and the "Sacrament of the Altar," calling the latter an idol. Anthonis occurs in the song, "Geroert ben ick van binnen" (I am moved within), which is to be found in the Nieu Liedenboeck of 1562 and in the Liedtboecxken van den Offer des Heeren of 1563, No. 23. It is reprinted by Wackernagel.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 605. 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, 285.

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: 652. Available online at:

Wackernagel, Philipp. Lieder der niederlandischen Reformierten aus der Zeit der Verfolgung im 16. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt: Hender & Zimmer, 1867. Reprinted Nieuwkoop : B. de Graaf, 1965: 141, No. 65.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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