Sijntgen (d. 1576)

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Sijntgen (Kreupel; that is, Lame Sijntgen), an Anabaptist martyr, who was beheaded on 19 July 1576, at Ghent in Flanders, Belgium, together with Lippijntgen Roetsaert and Barbele Pieters. The account in van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror on this martyr incorrectly gives 1573 as the year of execution; van Braght calls her a cripple and relates that she was carried to the scaffold on a chair. Verheyden has added some particulars from the official documents: her official name was Jossyne Bornaige, or Barninge; she was a daughter of Francois and was born at Kortrijk in Flanders; she was the widow of Maerc de Smet. She had been baptized upon her faith at Wervik, Flanders, by Joachim (that is, Elder Joachim Vermeeren) in 1561.


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: II, 648.

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: 968. Available online at:

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 127.

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 67, No. 241

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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