Pieter Stayaerts (d. 1538)
Pieter Stayaerts (Styaert, Stayert) and his cousin Jan Styaertsz, two seekers after God, Anabaptist martyrs, who lived with their parents in Mereedor (Meerendree), a village of Flanders, Belgium. Through searching the Scriptures they arrived at the belief that baptism is necessary for the regenerated, and traveled to Germany to look for others of their faith. Being baptized there, but not finding satisfaction, probably because they were averse to the revolutionary views of many Anabaptists, they returned to their home, were seized there, were held prisoner in a vile pit, and then beheaded in 1538 at Vinderhout, a village near Ghent, Belgium. This account by van Braght (Mart. Mir. D 44, E 449) is correct, as has been shown by the official documents. Van Braght, however, lists another martyr by the same name, Pieter Stayert, who with some others was executed at Ghent in 1569. This Pieter Stayert is commemorated in the hymn "Alsmen schreef duyst vijfhondert jaer ende twee en tsestich mede," found in the Lietboecxken. Verheyden (Gent, 56) did not find this latter martyr in the records of Ghent.
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: 44, 407,
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: 449, 759. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.
Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1562, 1567, 1570, 1578, 1580, Amsterdam, 1590, n.p., 1591, Amsterdam, 1595, Harlingen, 1599. The 1570 edition is cited as reproduced in BRN II., 51-486, including Een Lietboecxken, tracterende van den Offer des Heeren (pp. 499-617): 653.
Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 4, Nos. 9-10.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 173. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
©1996-2013 by the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. All rights reserved.
MLA style: Neff, Christian and Nanne van der Zijpp. "Pieter Stayaerts (d. 1538)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 20 May 2013. http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/pieter_stayaerts_d._1569.
APA style: Neff, Christian and Nanne van der Zijpp. (1959). Pieter Stayaerts (d. 1538). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 May 2013, from http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/pieter_stayaerts_d._1569.