Mahieu de Swarte (d. 1563)

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Mahieu (Hieu) de Swarte, youngest son of the martyr Jan de Swarte, an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake probably on 27 April 1563 at Rijssel (Lille) in France. He had been arrested at Halewijn, Flanders, on 7 March 1563, together with his parents, his brothers Claes, Christiaen, and Hans, and other members of the congregation. These Mennonites and also his father were put to death on 16 March at Rijssel (Lille) in France, while his mother and his three brothers suffered martyrdom with him, all remaining steadfast. Mahieu was only 16 years of age when he died.


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, 299 f.

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: 664 f. Available online at:

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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