Hans de Smet (d. 1559)

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Hans de Smet (official name Jan Symens) was an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake on 7 August 1559, at Ghent, Belgium. He was a native of Waasten (Warneton) in Flanders and a cloth dyer by trade. He was arrested at Ghent on Friday after Pentecost, together with a large number of members of the Ghent congregation. Hans remained steadfast, as did his wife Tanneken Gressy, executed at Ghent on 27 June 1560, after she had given birth to her child. The names of Hans and the other martyrs executed at Ghent in 1559 are found in a song, "Ick moet een liet beginnen" (I must begin a song), which is found in the Liedtboecxken vanden Offer des Heeren, No. 14.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 348, 556 ff.. Available in full electronic text at: http://www.dbnl.org/tekst/_off001offe01_01/

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: 246.

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: 620. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 250.

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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 652. All rights reserved.

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