Grietgen Bonaventuers (d. 1559)

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Grietgen Bonaventuers (Margriete van Halle, widow of Willem Eggertink), an Anabaptist martyr, was seized 20 May 1559 in Antwerp, Belgium. In the pursuit of an Anabaptist the bailiffs forced their way into homes where Grietgen and five other Anabaptist women were living. Not finding the man they sought, they imprisoned the women. Neither threats nor torture caused them to forsake their faith. They all died as martyrs. Grietgen Bonaventuers was drowned in Antwerp, 12 October 1559, not beheaded as the Groot Offerboek of 1613 and also van Braght, Martyrs' Mirror erroneously assert (DB 1899, 107). In memory of Grietgen and the women who suffered martyrdom with her a song was written, which begins, "Babels raets mandamenten" (Een liedeken van ses vrouwen), and also in the song, "Aenhoort Godt, hemelsche Vader," both found in the Liedtboecxken van den Offer des Heeren (Nos. 16 and 19).


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 566, No. 55, 581-586. 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: II, 249.

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: 622. Available online at:

Génard, Petrus. Antwerpsch archievenblad: IX, 4, 9, 16; XIV, 26f., No. 300.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 245.

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

Author(s) Otto Hege
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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