Proentgen (d. 1562)
Proentgen (Peronne, Pronken, Pierrine, Pierrette, Pierotte Pertrijs), an Anabaptist martyr, the daughter of Willem van Meteren, wife of Karel van de Velde, and sister of Claesken, who was the wife of Françoys de Swarte. She was arrested at Hondschoote in Flanders, with Claesken and her husband and three other Anabaptists. The others were burned at the stake; but she and her sister were secretly drowned there in a tub on 3 October 1562. "One of the women, when she saw that they intended to put her to death secretly, complained of it, since she would have preferred to testify publicly to the truth with her death, whereupon her sister said: 'It is all the same, for God sees it; He will reward us and avenge our wrongs.'"
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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: 663. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: III, 399.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 221. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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