Hendrik Eemkens (d. 1562)

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Burning of Hendrik Eemkens, Utrecht, 1562 (Eeghen 731).
Engraving by Jan Luiken in Martyrs Mirror, v. 2, p. 295 of Dutch edition.
Source: Rijksmuseum.

Hendrik Eemkens (Henrick Emken), an Anabaptist martyr, a native of Loquard in East Friesland, Germany, a tailor, was a simple man unable to read or write; but he defended his faith with amazing skill, clearness, and conviction against a monk sent to convert him. Eemkens was baptized by Joost Verbeeck in 1561. He was executed on 10 June 1562 at Utrecht. His death is described by van Braght, with an etching by Luiken. His wife Anna was baptized with him and was likewise captured and tortured; but nothing is known concerning her death.


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: II, 294.

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: 660. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1903): 12 ff, 51.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff.  Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 507.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 700. All rights reserved.

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