Lysken Smits (d. 1560)

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Lysken Smits, was an Anabaptist martyr, who (according to Offer des Heeren and later Dutch martyr-books, including van Braght) was executed in 1560 at Antwerp, Belgium, by being drowned in a tub. Lysken Smits is likely identical with Elisabeth Christiaens (Kerstiaens), who according to the records was drowned in a tub at the Steen castle at Antwerp on 16 March 1560. The name of Lysken Smits is found in a hymn, "Aenhoort Godt, hemelsche Vader" (Hear, O God, heavenly father), No. 16 in the Lietboecxken van den Offer des Heeren.


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, 270.

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: 640. Available online at:

Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 567, no. 69. Available in full electronic text at:

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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