Francyntgen (d. 1561)

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Francyntgen (Francyntgen Meulenaers, wife of Andries Viblarre, or Andries de Molenaar), an Anabaptist martyr, was arrested with many other Mennonites in Bruges, Belgium, on 10 November 1561, while they were attending a meeting outside the town. They all remained steadfast and were burned at the stake at Bruges. Five of them were executed on 10 December 1561, among them Andries, the husband of Francyntgen, and on the next day Francyntgen with the five others was put to death. Their martyrdom is celebrated in a hymn, "Genade ende Vrede moet godvresende sijn," found in the old Dutch songbook, Veelderhande Liedekens of 1569, and in Wackernagel, Lieder. The records of van Braght (Martyrs Mirror) are somewhat inexact as to these martyrs.


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, 288.

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: 655. Available online at:

Wackernagel, Lieder, 130

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Brugsche Martyrologium (12 October 1527-7 Augustus 1573). Brussels, [1944]: 50, No. 41.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 370. All rights reserved.

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