Aerdt Aerssens (d. 1558)

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Aerdt (Arent) Aerssens, a Dutch Anabaptist martyr of Utrecht, who in the Martyrs' Mir<em>ror</em> is called Arent Passementwercker, was burned at the stake at Antwerp on 16 December 1558. The Martyrs' Mirror states that together with him five other martyrs were executed. This is not quite correct; according to the records compiled by Génard, on 16 December the following martyrs were burned: Aerdt Aerssens (Arent Passementwercker), Peeter Henricx (Pieterin de Vettewarier), Jan Collen (Hans van Borculo),and Geert Franssens (Geraert Passementwercker). Aerdt is also mentioned in the song, "Aenhoort God, hemelsche Vader" (Hear, O God, heavenly Father), No. 16 of the Lietboecxken van den Offer des Heeren.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 566. Available online at: Het Offer des Heeren.

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, 202.

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: 583. Available online at:

Génard, Petrus. Antwerpsch archievenblad: VIII, 454, 466; XIV, 24-25, No. 271.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903. Reprinted Nieuwkoop, B. De Graaf, 1965: 63, 72.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1955

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