Christijntgen (d. 1570)
Christijntgen was an Anabaptist martyr and wife of the martyr Willem Vernon. Willem had been arrested on Ascension Day, 4 May 1570, when a meeting of the congregation was held in the environs of Bruges, Belgium. Christijntgen, who had been able to escape, was seized in Bruges that same night by the burgomaster. Together with Grietgen, the wife of Kaerle de Raedt, because she remained steadfast in the truth, she was burned at the stake within the castle of Bruges. Van Braght (Martyrs' Mirror) states that this execution took place in 1568. This is wrong. Christijntgen and Grietgen were put to death in 1570, the exact date being uncertain (probably 20 May).
Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde of Weereloose Christene, 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, 369.
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 Yeare A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 725. 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. 584. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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