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Maeyken Pieters, a Mennonite woman, wife of the martyr Willeboort Cornelisz, was arrested on 19 January 1562, at Ghent, Belgium, and imprisoned in the Gravesteen castle of Ghent. Here she gave birth to a child, which immediately was baptized in a Catholic church. Maeyken, who had been arrested with many other Mennonites, a number of whom were put to death, was released during the riots which arose at Ghent. Later, when the magistrates intended to re-arrest her, she had fled.


Pekelliaring, K. R. "Bijdragen voor de Geschiedenis van de Hervorming in Zeeland, 1524-72." Archief Zeeuwsch Genootschap 6 (1866): 44-46.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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