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Pieter Verlonge(n), an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake with Gerrit Vermandele and Willem de Clercq at Antwerp, Belgium, on 30 March 1569. A number of particulars, including the exact date of the execution, not given in van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror, have been published by Génard in the Antwerpsch Archieven-Blad. Pieter was a native of Kortrijk (Courtrai) in Flanders; he lived at Borgerhout near Antwerp; by trade he was a weaver. About one and a half years before his arrest he was married; his wife also belonged to the church; the marriage had been performed in the presence of the congregation by a certain Herman (probably Elder Herman Timmerman) in a house at Borgerhout. Pieter rejected in­fant baptism because this practice is not found in the Scriptures. He was twice tortured very cruelly, but remained steadfast.

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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, …, 1685. Part II: 415.

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

Génard, P. Antwerpsch archievenblad XII: 346, 369, 399, 440; XIV, 64 f., No. 715.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Pieter Verlonge (d. 1569)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 21 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Pieter_Verlonge_(d._1569)&oldid=119405.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Pieter Verlonge (d. 1569). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Pieter_Verlonge_(d._1569)&oldid=119405.




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