Grietgen Baets (d. 1569)

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Grietgen Baets, an Anabaptist martyr, was arrested in Ghent, Belgium, in 1569 with Christoffel Buyze, Laurens van Rentergem, and Joost Meerssenier. They paid for their joyful confession and steadfastness with their death, and are celebrated with a large number of martyrs of Ghent in a song found in the Liedtboecxken van den Offer des Heeren, beginning "Alsmen schreef duyst vijfhondert Jaer, ende twee en tsestich mede." Grietgen is listed here as No. 38. Verheyden (Gent, 56) did not find this martyr in the sources at Ghent.


Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 653. Available in full electronic text at:

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, 407.

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: 759. Available online at:

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 110.

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 56.

Author(s) Otto Hege
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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