Anthonis Ysbaarts (d. 1573)

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Burning of Anton Ijsbaerts, Tielt, Flanders, 1573.
Engraving by Jan Luiken in Martyrs' Mirror, v. 2, p. 675 of Dutch edition.
Source: Rijksmuseum.

Anthonis Ysbaarets, an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake for his faith in the year 1573 at Thielt in Flanders. He had previously been in the employ of the chief bailiff of Ghent and in this capacity had been present at the execution of many Mennonites. He was later converted and joined the Mennonites. Shortly after his conversion, while he was living in Thielt to supervise the affairs of some Mennonites who had immigrated to Friesland, he was taken captive. Efforts were made to divert him from his faith, but he remained steadfast. To a monk, who even after the sentence had been pronounced tried personally to move him to recant, he spoke as follows: "Leave me in peace, my mind is at ease and my departure at hand, for the clock that stands there will not strike more than once before I hope to have made my offering and to be at home with my Saviour, upon whom all my hope and trust rests."


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, 674.

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: 991.  Available online at:

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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