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Anthonis van Cassele (also called Antheunis van Hellegoete or Anthonis van Gent) was a cloth-shearer who was burned as a martyr on 5 July 1559. On the first Friday after Pentecost the following persons were taken prisoner in this town: Pieter Coerten, Kaerle Tancreet, Anthonis van Cassele, Hans de Vette, Proentgen, the wife of Kaerle, Jacob Spillebout, Abraham Tancreet, Maeyken Floris, Marcus de Smet, Hans de Smet, Maritgen (also called Miertgen or Mijntgen), the wife of Hans de Vette, and Tanneken, wife of Hans de Smet. All remained faithful and were burned at Ghent. On 5 July 1559 the first four mentioned, then on 7 August the next six persons, finally on 27 June 1560 the last two women mentioned were burned. There are two songs about these martyrs, namely, "Een liedeken van XII Vrienden van Gent" (Liedtboecxken van den Offer des Heeren, No. 14) and another song that begins with the words, "Een eeuwighe vruecht die niet en vergaat," found in Veelderhande Liedekens (1569).

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Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p.: 1570: 348, 556-559.

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, 246.

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: 620. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 75.

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 25-26, No. 58-67, 73-74.


Author(s) Christian Neff
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953


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Neff, Christian and Nanne van der Zijpp. "Anthonis van Cassele (d. 1559)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 27 Nov 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Anthonis_van_Cassele_(d._1559)&oldid=120046.

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Neff, Christian and Nanne van der Zijpp. (1953). Anthonis van Cassele (d. 1559). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 November 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Anthonis_van_Cassele_(d._1559)&oldid=120046.




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