Olivier Willemsz (d. 1574)
Olivier Willemsz (Willemssens), an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake at Antwerp, Belgium on 24 January 1574. He was a native of Nijmegen, Dutch province of Gelderland. He had been a Catholic priest at Leeuwen near Nijmegen. When he left the Catholic Church he moved to Antwerp, opened a bookshop in the Steenhouwersvest, and joined the Mennonites. After some time both Willemsz and his wife were arrested. Willemsz was sentenced to death because of his "heretical faith," but his wife escaped from prison and died at the age of 85.
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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: 1007. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/contents.htm.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 56. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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