Maeyken (d. 1573)

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Maeyken, an Anabaptist martyr, was taken prisoner with Hans van Munstdorp, his wife, and two other women, as they had met to hear the Word of God, and imprisoned at Antwerp, Belgium. In September 1573 Hans van Munstdorp was burned at the stake. Since his wife was pregnant, the four women were not delivered to the stake until 6 October, after "they had valiantly withstood the many terrible threats, the arguments of the worldly learned men and other means used against them." Their death is mourned in the song, "Och vrienden al te samen hoort," included in the Rotterdamsch Liedboek (now lost). This martyr is apparently identical with Maeyken Goossens.


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, 644.

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: 983. Available online at:

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 711.

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

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