Christiaen Kemels (d. ca. 1575)

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Christiaen Kemels, a Dutch Mennonite who fled from the Netherlands to England and was arrested in London in 1575 and put in prison with Hendrik Terwoort, Jan Pietersz, Gerrit van Byler, and others. The petition to Queen Elizabeth, the Confession of Faith, and a letter to John Fox, all found in the Martyrs' Mirror, were signed by Christiaen Kemels. Whereas Hendrik Terwoort and Jan Pietersz were executed and Gerrit van Byler and others set free, Christiaen died in the Newgate prison before the sentence was passed. This is related in a song, Een nieu Liedeken, . . . found in the 1579 edition of a very rare booklet (in the Amsterdam Mennonite Library): Confession of Thomas van Imbroeck.


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, 710-712.

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: 1009, 1022-1024. Available online at:

Catalogus der werken over de Doopsgezinden en hunne geschiedenis aanwezig in de bibliotheek der Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente te Amsterdam. Amsterdam: J. H. de Bussy, 1919: 59. Available in full electronic text at

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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