Louwys de Wever (d. 1558)

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Louwys de Wever (official name Loys Luycx) of Laerne near Ghent, Flanders, was beheaded on 22 April 1558, at Antwerp, Belgium. He was threatened with burning at the stake, but after recanting he was beheaded. The martyr books, not knowing this fact, have listed him among the martyrs. Hence his name is found in a hymn "Aenhoort Godt, hemelsche Vader" (Hear, O God, heavenly Father), No. 16 of the Lietboecxken van den Offer des Heeren. Van Braght states that Louwys was beheaded at Antwerp in 1558 (without exact date) because of his true confession and his steadfastness.


Génard, Petrus. Antwerpsch archievenblad: VIII, 444 f.;XIV: 22 f. No. 255.

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: Part II, 201.

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

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 404. All rights reserved.

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