Claes Leks (d. 1548)
Claes Leks, an Anabaptist martyr, born at Ostende, Belgium, was summoned to the courthouse in 1548 and subjected to a cross-examination, in which "he made a good confession of his faith." He was well spoken of for the alms he distributed among the poor. Because he refused to desist from his faith, he was condemned to death at the stake, "and offered up his sacrifice as a true child of God."
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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 615. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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