Maeyken Cadts (d. 1559)

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Maeyken (Mayken) Cadts (Kats, de Catte), a daughter of Joos de Catte, an Anabaptist martyr of Wervik, Belgium, was seized on 20 May 1559 by the margrave of Antwerp with five other Anabaptist women and was drowned in the Steen castle after a courageous confession of faith on 19 or 29 July 1559 (not during the night of 18 June as related by van Braght). Maeyken and the five other women who were to die with her are celebrated in a hymn "Babels Raets Mandamenten worden aldus volbracht," found in the Lietboecxken van den Offer des Heeren (No. 19); her name is also found in hymn No. 16, "Aenhoort, Godt, hemelsche Vader."


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 566, 581 ff. 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, 249.

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: 623. Available online at:

Génard, P. Antwerpsch archievenblad: IX, 3, 9; XIV, 26f., No. 296.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 475.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903. Reprinted Nieuwkoop: B. De Graaf, 1965: 63.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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