Thijs Hendriksz (d. 1553)

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Thijs Hendriksz (Tijs Hermansz), an Anabaptist martyr, executed at Leeuwarden in Friesland, Netherlands, on 2 May 1553. Thijs, who was paralyzed, was put to death with a young woman, Berendge, by drowning. They were bound into a sack and thrown from a boat into the town moat. After the sentence was pronounced Thijs protested against the plan of a secret execution and said, "Cats and dogs are thus drowned." They wanted to be executed publicly at the official place of execution, desiring to give a testimony of faith before the bystanders.

There is a song commemorating the firmness of faith of these two martyrs: "Een nieuwe liet heb ic gedicht, van twee schaep wtgekoren." This hymn, found in the hymnal Veelderhande Liedekens, is included by Wackernagel.


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, 150.

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: 539. Available online at:

Wackernagel, Philipp. Lieder der niederlandischen Reformierten aus der Zeit der Verfolgung im 16. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt: Hender & Zimmer, 1867. Reprinted Nieuwkoop : B. de Graaf, 1965: 131.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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