Hendrik van Echtelo (d. 1572)

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Hendrik van Echtelo (Eckelo, Eeclo (Eecloo), also called Heyndrik de Schoenmaker), an Anabaptist martyr, was a young man who, according to van Braght, Martyrs' Mirror, was beheaded in 1572 at Ghent, Belgium, on the Vrijdag marketplace. Verheyden, studying the sources, found a heretic, not especially denounced as an Anabaptist, called Hendrick van Eecloo, who was a weaver and who was hanged on 29 May 1572 outside the Muyden Gate at Ghent. Verheyden is doubtful whether these two accounts can refer to the same person and states that the problem of Hendrik van Eckelo (van Eecloo) cannot be clarified. Van Braght reports that Hendrik is the author of a song beginning "Aenghesien de nature mij dit te mercken doet" (Because nature makes me know this). This song is found in Sommighe Stichtelyke Liedekens bij diverse personen gemaeckt (Hoorn, 1632): 64.


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, 566.

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

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff.  Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 502.

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 58 f., No. 204.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 699. All rights reserved.

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