Grietgen van Sluys (d. 1573)

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Grietgen van Sluys, an Anabaptist martyr according to van Braght (Martyrs' Mirror), born at Tielt in the Dutch province of Guelderland, was executed at Ghent, Belgium, in 1573. According to Verheyden (Gent, 61) she is identical with Beelken (Beliken) de Jaghere, who was burned at the stake at Ghent on 17 March 1573. But it seems more likely that she is the same person as Grietken Heyndrick of Hos near 's Hertogenbosch, Dutch province of North Brabant, who was 23 years old and married to Martin van der Sluys, who lived at Zomerghem near Ghent; this Grietken Heyndrick was burned on the same day as Beliken de Jaghere.


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, 647.

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: 968. Available online at:

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 175.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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