Neelken (d. 1559)

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Neelken, an Anabaptist martyr, is mentioned in the hymn "Aenhoort Godt, hemelsche Vader" (Hear, O God, heavenly Father), which is hymn No. 16 of the Lietboecxken van den Offer des Heeren. In this hymn Neelken is called a "dochter" (daughter), which usually means an unmarried woman. She was executed at Antwerp, Belgium, in 1559. Van Braght states that she suffered martyrdom with Betgen and Mariken Fransse. It is not clear which martyr is meant here. Génard believes that she is identical with Neelken Jacobs, the wife of Adriaen Pan, executed on 28 June 1559. But in this case the word "dochter" would be rather strange.


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, 244.

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: 618. Available online at:

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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