Aeltgen Wouters (d. 1535)

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Aeltgen (or Alijdt) Wouters, of Asperen, an Anabaptist martyr, was drowned at Amsterdam on 21 May 1535 (Martyrs Mirror incorrectly says 15 May), because she had been rebaptized (by Gherijt Ghijsen of Benschop) and had joined the "sect and heresy of the Anabaptists." On the same day ten other women, along with Aeltgen, were subjected to the cruel death of drowning. Aeltgen was one of the group who had gone from Amsterdam to Bergklooster.


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, 413.

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: 764. Available online at:

"Verhooren en Vonissen der Wederdoopers, betrokken bij de aanslagen op Amsterdam in 1534 en 1535", in Bijdragen en Mededeelingen van het Historisch Genootschap 41 (Amsterdam, 1920): 69, 70, 140. Available in full electronic text at

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1955

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