Maerten Jansz Corendrager (d. 1572)

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Maerten Jansz (Jansen) Corendrager (Maerten van Delft), an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake at Delft, Dutch province of South Holland, on 5 February 1572, with Jan Hendriksz (Jan Hendricksen). Their death was commemorated in the song "Verhoort ons droevich claghen, o Heer in dese noot" (Hear, O Lord, our sad complaint in this distress). Both this hymn, found in the Lietboecxken van den Offer des Heeren, and also the detailed account found in the Dutch martyrbooks of 1615 and later, including van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror, give substantial information about these two martyrs, who had to endure many cruelties and died loyal, Maerten Jansz with the words, "O Lord, be merciful to me, poor sinner, who am not worthy to suffer for Thy name; but Thou hast made me worthy." Maerten Jansz was a citizen of Delft, a grain porter (hence the name) of the market place. The official sentence of these martyrs is found in the Martyrs' Mirror.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 658-662. 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, 606.

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: 931. Available online at:

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 549.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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