Jan Christiaenz (d. 1561)

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Jan Christiaenz (in van Braght, Martyrs' Mirror, Jan N.), was an Anabaptist martyr. He was a native of Zeebrugge in Flanders and lived in Bruges. In the fall of 1561 a severe persecution befell the congregation and a large number of members were arrested. Jan Christiaenz was among them. He was burned at the stake on 11 December 1561, together with six others, while on the previous day five had already suffered martyrdom. These martyrs are celebrated in a song, "Genade en Vrede moet Godvresende sijn," found in Veelderhande Liedekens of 1569, reprinted by Wackernagel.


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. Part II, 288.

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

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Brugsche Martyrologium (12 October 1527-7 Augustus 1573). Brussels, [1944]: 49, No. 37. Available in full electronic text at: http://www.theologienet.nl/documenten/Verheyden%20Brugse%20Martyrologium.pdf.

Wackernagel, Philipp. Lieder der niederlandischen Reformierten aus der Zeit der Verfolgung im 16. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt: Hender; Zimmer, 1867. Reprinted Nieuwkoop : B. de Graaf, 1965: 130.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 71. All rights reserved.

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