Antonijn de Waele (d. 1563)

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Antonijn de Waele (also called Antheunis Behaghe), an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake at the Vrijdagsmarkt in Ghent on 9 November 1563, together with Christiaen van Wetteren. He was born at Bassey (in Artois, France) and was by trade first a shoemaker and later a lacemaker. His name is found in a song of the Liedtboecxken van den Offer des Heeren (No. 13), "Alsmen schreef duyst vijfhondert jaer ende twee en 't sestich mede."


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: I, 651. Available in full electronic text at:

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, 300.

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: 666. Available online at:

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 30, No. 97.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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