Maeyken Goossens (d. 1573)

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Maeyken Goossens, an Anabaptist martyr, burned at the stake on 6 October 1573, at Antwerp, Belgium. Van Braght'sMartyrs' Mirror names her twice, once with her full name, and once calling her only Maeyken, both times giving 1573 as the year of execution, once giving the exact date. The records published by Génard give the information that she had previously lived in the Dutch province of Zeeland, and that she was married to Hans van Obbergen, who is identical with Hans van Munstdorp.


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: 965. Available online at:

Génard, P. Antwerpsch archievenblad: XIII, 130, 179; XIV, 92 f., No. 1038.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 139.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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