Pieter den Ouden (d. 1569)

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Pieter den Ouden (Old Peter), also called Pieter (den) Oudeg(h)od(t), an Anabaptist martyr who was burned at the stake at Kortrijk (Courtrai) in Flanders on 30 April 1569, after being cruelly tor­tured three times (van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror gives only the year). He was executed with five other Anabaptists, and died with the words, "O Lord, stand by Thy servant and strengthen him in this last extremity, and do not hold this evil deed to their account, but convert them; for they know not what they do." He was a native of Kortrijk, living as a cabinetmaker at Meenen (Menin), where he was arrested. His property was confiscated. He had been (re)baptized in 1568.


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: 408.

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

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 351.

Verheyden, A. L. E. Le Martyrologe Courtraisien et la Martyrologe Bruxellois. Vilvorde: R. Allecourt, 1950: 38, No. 23.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 172. All rights reserved.

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