Claes Denysse (d. 1571)

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Claes Denysse (called in the Martyrs’ Mirror, "De knecht van Peter de Gulicker," that is, the servant of P. de G.) was an 18-year-old weaver, who could not read nor write, and had not yet been baptized, because he was still too young and "at this time not well enough founded in the true Christian belief." He was taken prisoner on 5 August 1571 (Martyrs’ Mirror incorrectly 1572), at Klundert, when a meeting held in the house of his master was surprised by the sheriff. He was examined before the court several times, the last time being 17 September 1571. Shortly after this he must have been executed. Notwithstanding his lack of knowledge and culture, Claes remained steadfast and died as a true martyr, while his master recanted.


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, 603-605.

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: 929.  Available online at:

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1912): 36-37, 42.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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