Willem Matthijsz (d. 1552)

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Willem Matthijsz (in Offer and Martyrs’ Mirror simply called Willem), an Anabaptist martyr, sen­tenced to death by strangling and then burning at the stake. He was sentenced on 21 August 1552, and the execution took place at Leiden, Holland, that very day or soon after.  Three women, Maritgen, Dieuwertgen, and Maritgen, were arrested and sentenced to death with him. There is no further information except the fact that he was a young man and that he valiantly confessed his faith. (Van Braght erroneously gives 1550 as the year of his death.) Willem is commemorated in a hymn by Adriaen Cornelis, "Eylaes ick mach wel suchten," hymn No. 18 of the Lietboecxken.


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, 97.

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: 495.

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: 578-80, Note 1.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903. Reprinted Nieuwkoop : B. De Graaf, 1965: 63, 70.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 954-955. All rights reserved.

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