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Dieuwertgen (Dieuwerken Jansdochter), an Anabaptist martyr, was sentenced to die by being buried alive with a brother and two sisters after cruel torture at Leiden (Holland) on 21 August 1552 (erroneously given as 1550 in the Martyrs' Mirror). When she was led to the site of execution she began to sing and then said, "Dear brethren, do not avenge me for this; for it is for the sake of the Lord." Her martyrdom is sung in the hymn, "Eylaes ick mach wel suchten," written by Adriaen Cornelisz.

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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, Y, 1685: Part II, 97.

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

Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . 1570: 578: note 1.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 448.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903. Reprinted Nieuwkoop: B. De Graaf, 1965: 63, 70.


Author(s) Christian Neff
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956


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Neff, Christian and Nanne van der Zijpp. "Dieuwertgen (d. 1552)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 23 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Dieuwertgen_(d._1552)&oldid=129759.

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Neff, Christian and Nanne van der Zijpp. (1956). Dieuwertgen (d. 1552). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Dieuwertgen_(d._1552)&oldid=129759.




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