Betken, Doof (d. 1560)

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Doof (deaf) Betken, an Anabaptist martyr, was secretly drowned in a tub at the Steen prison in Antwerp on 16 March 1560, together with Betgen van Gent and Lijsken Smits. According to the official records her name was Elisabeth Heuvels, born at Kortrijk or Wervick in Flanders. All three women "persisted in their rebaptism." Their names are found in a song, "Aenhoort Godt, hemelsche Vader" (Give ear, O God, heavenly Father), No. 16 in Liedtboecxken van den Offer des Heeren. This song is also mentioned by Wolkan, Lieder.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 567. 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, 270.

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: 640. Available online at:

Génard, Petrus. Antwerpsch archievenblad (IX): 7, 11, 17; (XIV): 28-29, No. 312.

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

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903. Reprinted Nieuwkoop : B. De Graaf, 1965: 63, 72.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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