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Beliken de Jaghere, an Anabaptist martyr (in Martyrs' Mirror, Beliken van der Straten, in the official documents Beelken or Belynken Eyghere (Eygheere), and also Beelken Jan Stayaertsdochter), was burned at the stake in Ghent, Belgium, at the Vrijdagsmarkt at 2 p.m. on 17 March 1573. Beliken was the wife of Marten van der Straeten. She was a native of Bommel in the Dutch province of Gelderland but had lived in Ghent for seven years. She was 26 years of age and had been married for four years. She had been rebaptized four years before her death in a woods near Ghent by a man named Hendrik. Verheyden's suggestion that Beliken de Jaghere is identical with the person who is called Grietgen van Sluys in the Martyrs Mirror does not seem tenable.

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Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde 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, 631.

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: 954. Available online at:

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 61, No. 215.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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