Cornelis Adriaensz (16th century)

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Cornelis Adriaensz (Brother Cornelis) was a Franciscan monk. His father, Adriaen Corneliszoon, was the Catholic priest of the Nieuwe Kerk at Dordrecht, Holland. Both father and son had a bad reputation as to their moral conduct. In 1566 Cornelis began to preach in Bruges, and incited the populace against the Mennonites. At least two martyrs debated with him: Jacob de Rore or Keersgieter and Herman van Vleckwijk. These debates are recorded in the Martyrs’ Mirror Cornelis is the author of the cruel statement that with the Anabaptists one must "debate with the executioner." It is a moot question whether the Historie en Sermoonen van Broeder Cornelis Adriaensz (Part I printed in 1569, second part 1578; there were several reprints) is genuine. S. Cramer thought it was not (Doopsgezinde Bijdragen 1899, 94 f., 145; 1900, 191). R. Fruin (Verspreide geschriften . . . The Hague, 1900, 387) took the opposite view, as after him Kühler did also.


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, 425-52.

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: 785-798. Available online at:

Kerkhistorisch archief 2 (Amsterdam,  1860): 325-336.

Kühler, Wilhelmus Johannes. Geschiedenis der Nederlandsche Doopsgezinden in de Zestiende Eeuw. Haarlem: H.D. Tjeenk Willink, 1932: I, 289, 405, 446.

Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis 7 (1908): 325-336.

Studiën en bijdragen op ’t gebied der historische theologie 1 (Amsterdam,  1870): 80.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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