Sijntgen van Roesselare (d. 1573)

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Sijntgen van Roesselare in the official documents called Synken Snellaerts or Syntgen van Roselaer, an Anabaptist martyr, burned at the stake at Antwerp, Belgium, on 19 November 1573 (van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror does not state the day of execution). In prison she wrote a letter to S.I.H., a sister of the congregation; this simple pious letter, full of fitting quotations from the Bible, admonishes to steadfastness and loyalty; she thanks God for His mercy and is prepared to die for His name. "Greet with the peace of the Lord, in my name, your people where you live, and all dear friends, known and unknown, especially your brother and sister Passchier, my familiar acquaintances. My fellow prisoners greet your love cordially with the peace of the Lord. Pray the Lord heartily for us; we will most gladly do the same for you according to our weak ability. And let us always persevere steadfastly, that no one may take our crown, but that we may with the wise virgins enter into joyful rest. Amen." This letter, found in the Martyrs' Mirror, indicates that Sijntgen was not only a pious Christian but also a well-educated woman. In the letter she calls herself the wife of Jeronymus.


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, 644.

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: 965. Available online at:

Génard, Petrus. Antwerpsch archievenblad XIII, 133, 181; XIV, 92 f., No. 1042.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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