Michiel Buyse (d. 1589)
Michiel Buyse (Buesse, Buerse), an Anabaptist martyr, was captured in Ghent, Belgium, on 13 January 1589, with Joos de Tollenaere and Josyntgen Swynts (Sijntgen Wens). "After much temptation and torment in which they constantly remained steadfast" they were condemned to die as heretics. On 13 April they were secretly hanged on a pillar in the Gravensteen castle at Ghent. Then the executioner hung the corpses of the men on the gallows outside, while Sijntgen was buried beneath it. Michiel was 40 years of age, and married. By trade he was a weaver. In 1578 or 1579 he had been (re)baptized at Meenen.
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