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Pieter van der Meulen (Peter van der Muelen), an Anabaptist martyr, burned at the stake on 15 January 1564, at Ghent, Belgium. The exact date was un­known (not found in Offer des Heeren or in van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror) until Verheyden pub­lished it from the records. Pieter, 27 years old and (re)baptized in 1563, was not a native of Ghent; hence his property could not be confiscated. Verheyden mentions a few other van der Meulens, probably relatives of Pieter, who were punished for "heresy." Pieter's name is found in the hymn "Alsmen schreef duyst vijfhondert jaer ende twee en tsestich mede," found in the 1578 and following editions of the Lietboecxken.

Bibliography

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: 301.

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: 666. 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 . . . N.p., 1562, 1567, 1570, 1578, 1580, Amsterdam, 1590, n.p., 1591, Amsterdam, 1595, Harlingen, 1599. The 1570 edition is cited as reproduced in BRN II., 51-486, including Een Lietboecxken, tracterende van den Offer des Heeren (pp. 499-617): 652.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 173, 352.

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 31, No. 104.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959


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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Pieter van der Meulen (d. 1564)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 30 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Pieter_van_der_Meulen_(d._1564)&oldid=96040.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1959). Pieter van der Meulen (d. 1564). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Pieter_van_der_Meulen_(d._1564)&oldid=96040.




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