Frans Swertveger (d. 1555)

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Frans Swertveger (Sweerdtveger), a cloth shearer, whose official name was Frans Deens or Doos, an Anabaptist martyr, was put to death in Antwerp on 27 August 1555 with three brethren, Hans Borduerwercker, Jan Drooghscheerder, and Pieter with the lame foot, after a valiant confession of his faith. Their names are celebrated in the song, "Aenhoort, Godt, hemelsche Vader" (Hear, O God, heavenly Father), which is found in the Liedtboecxken van den Offer des Heeren (1563) No. 16. Frans's property was confiscated.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 564.

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: II, 161.

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: 550. Available online at:

Génard, Petrus. Antwerpsch archievenblad: VIII, 426, 428, 468; XIV, 20 f., No. 227.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903: 63, 72.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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