Bartholomeus Panten (d. 1592)

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Bartholomeus Panten (also called Meeuws or Remeeuws Pantijn), an Anabaptist martyr, was executed by hanging in the Gravenkasteel (castle and prison) at Ghent, Belgium, on 15 September 1592, together with Michiel de Widower (Michiel de Cleercq). These two men were the last Mennonite martyrs to offer their lives for the sake of Christ in Ghent. Bartholomäus was a deacon and the leader of the Ghent Mennonite congregation in the last years of its existence. He was born in the Flemish town of Roesselare, had been baptized 20 years before, and was 48 years of age. He was cruelly tortured, but did not divulge the names of his fellow members of the church, nor renounce his faith, but remained loyal and steadfast to the bitter end.

In the Martyrs Mirror, van Braght included three letters which Bartholomeus wrote while in prison. The first was addressed to his brother Karel Panten, who was living in the Dutch city of Haarlem; the second was addressed to the congregation of believers (to all who love the truth). This second letter had a postscript in which he reported the trial and disputations which he and Michiel had with the Jesuits. The third letter was a "testament" addressed to his daughter, who after his imprisonment had been placed in a Roman Catholic convent.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1562, 1567, 1570, 1578, 1580, Amsterdam, 1590, n.p., 1591, Amsterdam, 1595, Harlingen, 1599. The 1570 edition is cited as reproduced in BRN II., 51-486, including Een Lietboecxken, tracterende van den Offer des Heeren (pp. 499-617): 624-625. Available in full electronic text at:

Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde 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, 779-786.

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: 372. Available online at:

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 333.

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 69, No. 249.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, pp. 239-240. All rights reserved.

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