Lysbeth Piersins (d. 1551)

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Lysbeth (Lysbette, Elisabeth Piersins (Pierssins); van Braght, only Elisabeth), was an Anabaptist martyr burned at the stake on 21 July 1551, on the Veerle square at Ghent, Belgium, with Gilles de Gusemme. Standing on the place of execution, the executioner treated her indecently, the only case of indecency which is related in the literature concerning the martyrs. Gillis and Lysbeth are celebrated in a song "Als men schreef vijftienhondert jaer en een en vijftich daer toe voorwaer," No. 8 in the Lietboecxken van den Offer des Heeren. Both had been (re)-baptized by Gillis van Aken. Lysbeth Piersins may have belonged to the Pierson family later found in the Netherlands and the Pearson family of England.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 535-537. 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: Part II, 105.

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: 552. Available online at:

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 552.

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 17, No. 33.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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