Pieter Vettewarier (d. 1558)

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Pieter Vettewarier, an Anabaptist martyr, burned at the stake on the market place at Antwerp, Belgium, on 16 December 1558. His name is commemorated in the hymn "Aenhoort Godt, hemelsche Vader" (Hear, O God, heavenly Father), No. 16 of the Lietboecxken. Some particulars about this martyr have been published by Génard in the Antwerpsch Archieven-Blad. His official name was Pieter Henricx; he had a grocery store with the name "In de Vettewary," hence his name. Génard also lists Pie­ter van Hese, "vettewarier int Lelyken," who had been arrested on 11 June 1535, and sentenced on 24 December 1535, to a pilgrimage to Nicosie, because he had associated with the Anabaptists and other "Lutherans," that is, heretics. This man may have been identical with Pieter Vettewarier.


Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doops-gesinde 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, 202.

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: 583. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.

Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1562, 1567, 1570, 1578, 1580, Amsterdam, 1590, n.p., 1591, Amsterdam, 1595, Harlingen, 1599. The 1570 edition is cited as reproduced in BRN II., 51-486, including Een Lietboecxken, tracterende van den Offer des Heeren (pp. 499-617): 566.

Génard, P. Antwerpsch archievenblad VIII, 454, 465; XIV, 14 f., No. 142; 24 f., No. 270.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 352.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 173-174. All rights reserved.

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