Trijntgen (d. 1571)

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Trijntgen (Trijntje, Catharina), the daughter of Lyntgen Joris, an Anabaptist martyr, was one of the twelve persons, six men and six women, executed by the Spaniards in 1571 at Deventer in the Dutch province of Overijssel. They were arrested on 3 March 1571. After a period of imprisonment and trials, two men were executed on 14 May; a few days later, two men and four women were put to death, and finally on 16 June the remaining two men and Lyntgen and her daughter Trijntgen. They had told Trijntgen that her mother had recanted. Trijntgen had no opportunity to verify this information because in prison they were separated. Now seeing her mother on the scaffold to be burned at the stake, she knew they had told her a lie to make her forsake her faith. She was glad to see her mother firm in the faith and she herself too died faithful. While each was bound to a stake and the servants of the executioner were arranging the firewood around them Trijntgen and her mother cheerfully nodded each to another, and also to the bystanders, among whom there were probably many friends and members of the congregation.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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