Betgen van Maldeghem (d. 1562)

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Betgen van Maldeghem (or Betgen Martins), born at Deinze, Flanders, widow of Pieter van Maldeghem, an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake with four companions at Ghent, Belgium, on 21 July 1562, confessing her faith without dismay until her death and remaining true to it. Her name and the names of her fellow martyrs are found in a song of the Liedtboecxken van den Offer des Heeren (No. 1): "Alsmen schreef duyst vijf-hondert jaer Ende twee en tsestich mede" (In the year 1562).


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 656. 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, 244.

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: 618. Available online at:

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 209.

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 29, No. 90.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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