Gerrit Vermandele (d. 1569)

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Gerrit (Gheert) Vermandele (van Mandel), an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake in Antwerp on 30 March 1569, together with Willem de Clercq and Pieter Verlonge. He was a weaver, originally from Kortrijk, Flanders, 26 years of age; he lived for a number of years at Borgerhout near Antwerp; he had been (re)baptized four years before by Hendrik van Arnhem in a wood near Antwerp. He and his companions were arrested while holding a meeting in the house of Jan Poote at Borgerhout. Gerrit refused to give details about the congregation. He remained steadfast in his faith and died faithfully.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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