Grietgen (d. 1570)

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Grietgen, an Anabaptist martyr, wife of the martyr Kaerle de Raedt, was a Mennonite of Bruges, Belgium. On Ascension Day (4 May) 1570 a meeting of the congregation was held in the woods of Tillegem, near Bruges. This meeting was surprised by the police and a number of attendants were taken prisoner, including Kaerle. Grietgen managed to escape, but she was arrested with her two children on the same night by Maerten Lem, the burgomaster of Bruges. The children, who were young, apparently were taken to a cloister for education. Grietgen, who had not yet received baptism upon faith, was unwilling to recant. So she was sentenced to death for her "obstinacy." About 20 May 1570 (van Braght, Martyrs' Mirror, erroneously 1568), she was burned at the stake at Bruges, with Christijntgen, arrested on the same night. Kaerle had been executed on 18 May.


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: II, 369.

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: 725 f. Available online at:

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Brugsche Martyrologium (12 October 1527-7 Augustus 1573). Brussels, [1944]: 62, no. 67. Available in full electronic text at:

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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