Joost van der Straten (d. 1571)

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Joost (Josse) van der Straten, an Anabaptist martyr, was burned at the stake at Antwerp, Belgium, on Shrove Tuesday of 1571. At first he had lived at Kortrijk (Courtrai) in Flanders; later he lived at Antwerp as a chairmaker. He was arrested outside Antwerp by Spanish soldiers and without trial or sentence cruelly put to death by the soldiers on the market place of Antwerp in front of the town hall. This irregular execution makes clear why his name was not found in the documents of Antwerp studied by P. Genard. According to Verheyden, Joost van der Straten was an old man of about 70 years. Van Braght mentions that his wife and his daughter did not belong to the brotherhood. At least two of his sons died as martyrs, Hans van der Straten at Brussels on 28 March 1571, and Martin van der Straten at Gent on 4 December 1572.


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: Part II, 540.

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: 875. Available online at:

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 60.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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