Tryntgen (d. 1570)

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Tryntgen, an Anabaptist martyr, burned at the stake at Maastricht, Dutch province of Limburg, on 24 January 1570. She was a daughter of Neelken, who suffered martyrdom with her, while Arent van Essen and his wife Ursel, also members of the Maastricht congregation, who had been arrested with Neelken and Tryntgen, were put to death two weeks earlier.

Van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror relates that when the Duke of Alba came to the Netherlands most of the Maastricht congregation fled (probably to Aachen or Burtscheid). These four, however, remained in town. During the night of 24 November 1569, they were arrested. Notwithstanding cruel tortures Tryntgen did not name other members of the church, and she died steadfast. The martyrdom of these four pious Christians is commemorated in the hymn "Nun hoert jhr Freundt ehrsamen" (Now listen, ye true friends), apparently composed immediately after their death, for it is found in the hymnal Ein schön Gesangbüchlein of 1570 or shortly after. This hymn is also found in the Ausbund.


Ausbund: das ist: Etliche schöne Christliche Lieder. [Lancaster County, Pa.]: Verlag von den Amischen Gemeinden in Lancaster County, Pa., 1997: No. 28.

Bax, W. Het Protestantisme in het Bisdom Luik . . . II. The Hague, 1941: 306-10.

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, 502.

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: 844. Available online at:

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903. Reprinted Nieuwkoop: B. De Graaf, 1965: 92, 101.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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