Berendge (d. 1553)

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Berendge (or Beerenthien Beerentsdochter), an Anabaptist martyr, executed at Leeuwarden, Dutch province of Friesland, 2 May 1553, together with Tijs. She had poor health and was mostly confined to her bed. But her faith was sound and strong and she refused to recant, but persisted to the bitter end. She was secretly drowned in the town moat, being bound in a sack and thrown from a boat. For Berendge and Tijs a song was composed, "Een nieue liet heb ic gedicht, van twee schaep wtgecoren" (A new song I have made of two chosen sheep), which is found in the Dutch songbook Veelderhande Liedekens and is included by Wackernagel.


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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: 539. Available online at:  

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 164.

Wackernagel, Philipp. Lieder der niederlandischen Reformierten aus der Zeit der Verfolgung im 16. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt: Hender & Zimmer, 1867. Reprinted Nieuwkoop : B. de Graaf, 1965: 131.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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