Pieter van Male (d. 1562)

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Pieter (Pierre) van Male, an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake on 16 July 1562 (van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror gives only the year, not the exact date), with three others on the Vrijdagsmarkt of Ghent, Belgium. Pieter van Male, who may have been related to the Mennonite van Male family of Flanders, later found at Haarlem, Hol­land, was 39 years of age and a native of Ghent. He had been arrested before 7 January 1562, but, as the Inquisitor Titelman complained, the trial had been postponed because the head bailiff of Ghent and the bailiff of Den Oudburg disagreed concerning their competence in this case. Pieter's wife Lynken de Meyere had already suffered martyrdom on 24 March 1562. Pieter and his co-martyrs are commemorated in the hymn "Alsmen schreef duyst vijfhondert jaer ende twee en tsestich mede," found in the 1578 and following editions of the Lietboecxken.


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, 289.

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

Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, 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): 650. Available in full electronic text at: http://www.dbnl.org/tekst/_off001offe01_01/

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 3.

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 28, No. 85.

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. 171-172. All rights reserved.

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