Christiaen Janssens (d. 1567)

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Burning of Christiaen Langedul, Cornelis Claesz, Mattheus de Vik, and Hans Symonsz, Antwerp, 1567.
Engraving by Jan Luiken Jan Luiken in Martyrs' Mirror, v. 2, p. 345 of Dutch edition.
Source: Rijksmuseum.

Christiaen Janssens (called Langedul), an Anabaptist martyr, was seized on 10 August 1567 on his way to a village where he was to settle a dispute, and on 13 September 1567 he was put to death with three brethren at Antwerp, Belgium. Van Braght (Martyrs' Mirror) prints four letters written by him; three to his wife Maeyken Raeds, and one to his brother and sister. They are eloquent testimonies to his firm faith, which he confessed with joy, to his warm love for wife and family, of whom he thinks with anxiety, and of his patient endurance, which he describes without rancor. He comforts and strengthens them and wishes for them true faith "as I have often done; we must give such to the Lord, but one must also ask Him for it and desire it sincerely. Oh, if I could die for my friends, that they might acquire salvation. How gladly would I do it!"


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, 345.

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: 704. Available online at:

Génard, P. Antwerpsch archievenblad IX, 460, 461; X, 65; XIV, 46 f. No. 522.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 617.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Christian Neff
Date Published 1953

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