Armentières (Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France)
Armentières is a small town in northern France, close to the Belgian border, where in 1564 the Mennonite martyrs, Daniel Calvaerd and Pieter Florisz, and in 1567, Adriaen Olieux and Karel Hailing, were executed. The martyr Claes van Armentieres, executed at Antwerp in 1575, came from this place. There must have been a congregation at Armentières, of which mention is made in the Martyrs' Mirror, where Adriaen Olieux is called a minister of the church at Armentières. According to the letter of the Inquisitor Pierre Titelman, written from Yper (Ieper), Belgium, 14 November 1561 to the Regent Maria of Hungary at Brussels, the Anabaptist congregation at Armentières had so many members that they were forced, in order to keep their meetings secret, "to hold their communion services, or—as they say—their breaking of bread, at various times and places, each meeting consisting of eighty to one hundred persons." In the same letter it is stated that many Anabaptists had fled from Yper to Armentières.
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, 345.
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: 704. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 159. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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