Maeyken Deynoots (d. 1571)

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Maeyken Deynoots, an Anabaptist martyr, executed at Rijpermond (i.e., Rupelmonde, Belgium), in 1571. The method and exact date of execution are unknown. With Hendrik Verstralen she was imprisoned in the castle of Rupelmonde and chained with iron shackles. The Offer des Heeren (1578) and the later Dutch martyrbooks, including van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror, contain short letters by Maeyken addressed to the congregation. They were farewell letters, in which she admonished them to remain steadfast in the faith. She was apparently acquainted with the writings of Menno Simons or Dirk Philips. Maeyken's letters had been published separately before they were included in the Offer des Heeren.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 646-648. 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, 548.

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: 880-882. Available online at:

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1899): 83.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 432.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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