Gillis van Havre (d. 1571)

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Gillis van Havre (Havere), an Anabaptist martyr, burned at the stake on 9 May at Antwerp, Belgium. Gillis van Havre, who is said to have been a young man, was sentenced to death because he was (re) baptized, and because he was not willing to recant. Apparently this martyr is the same person as Jelis Claversz and Jelis de Metselaer, who are listed in van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror as different persons.


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: II, 201.

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: 872. Available online at:

Génard, Petrus. Antwerpsch archievenblad : XIII, 53, 63; XIV, 76 f., No. 899.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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