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Wervik, a town in the [[Belgium|Belgian]] province of West Flanders close to the French boundary, is known in Mennonite history as the birthplace of the martyr [[Peter van Olmen (d. 1552)|Peter van Olmen]] (van Wervick). Here the martyrs [[Jelis Strings (16th century)|Jelis Strings]] and [[Jelis Potvliet (d. 1562)|Jelis]] and [[Pieter Potvliet (d. 1562)|Pieter Potvliet]] were executed in 1562. The inquisitor [[Titelman, Pieter (1501-1572)|Titelman]] listed Wervik among the Flemish towns in which there was strong [[Anabaptism|Anabaptist]] activity in 1561. Whether there was a congregation or not is unknown. About 1558 [[Jacob de Rore (ca. 1532-1569)|elder Jacob de Rore]] preached and baptized here.
 
Wervik, a town in the [[Belgium|Belgian]] province of West Flanders close to the French boundary, is known in Mennonite history as the birthplace of the martyr [[Peter van Olmen (d. 1552)|Peter van Olmen]] (van Wervick). Here the martyrs [[Jelis Strings (16th century)|Jelis Strings]] and [[Jelis Potvliet (d. 1562)|Jelis]] and [[Pieter Potvliet (d. 1562)|Pieter Potvliet]] were executed in 1562. The inquisitor [[Titelman, Pieter (1501-1572)|Titelman]] listed Wervik among the Flemish towns in which there was strong [[Anabaptism|Anabaptist]] activity in 1561. Whether there was a congregation or not is unknown. About 1558 [[Jacob de Rore (ca. 1532-1569)|elder Jacob de Rore]] preached and baptized here.
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Wervik, a town in the Belgian province of West Flanders close to the French boundary, is known in Mennonite history as the birthplace of the martyr Peter van Olmen (van Wervick). Here the martyrs Jelis Strings and Jelis and Pieter Potvliet were executed in 1562. The inquisitor Titelman listed Wervik among the Flemish towns in which there was strong Anabaptist activity in 1561. Whether there was a congregation or not is unknown. About 1558 elder Jacob de Rore preached and baptized here.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Wervik (West-Vlaanderen, Belgium)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 18 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wervik_(West-Vlaanderen,_Belgium)&oldid=109722.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Wervik (West-Vlaanderen, Belgium). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wervik_(West-Vlaanderen,_Belgium)&oldid=109722.




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