Michiel Willems (d. 1576)

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Michiel Willems (van Braght,Martyrs Mirror: Michiel van Bruyssel, i.e., Brussels in Belgium), an Anabaptist martyr, a silk weaver, who was arrested at Ghent, Belgium, with his wife Barberken (Barbele Pieters) in 1576 (not 1573 as stated in the Martyrs' Mirror). They were put to death "after manifold temptations and trials of their faith, . . . not for any evil deed, but only for the obedience of the truth of Jesus Christ." Michiel was burned on 19 July 1576 at the Vrijdagsmarkt and Barberken beheaded in the Gravensteen castle.


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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: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 124.

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

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 671-672. All rights reserved.

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