Maeyken Trams (d. 1561)

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Maeyken Trams, an Anabaptist martyr, burned at the stake at Bruges, Belgium, on 11 December 1561. She was one of a group of members of the Bruges congregation who had been apprehended on 10 November 1561, when they were holding a meeting in a house outside the town. Five of them suffered martyrdom on 10 December; the other seven, including Maeyken, were executed on the next day. These martyrs are celebrated in the hymn "Genade ende vrede moet Godvresende zijn" (Mercy and peace should be to the God-fearing), found in the Dutch hymnal Veelderhande Liedekens of 1569, reproduced by Wackernagel. This hymn has been the principal source for the account in the martyrbooks. In the records she is called Maykin, wife of Bertram de Raedt, born at Wynne in Flanders. In the index to the 1685 Dutch edition of van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror she is listed as Maeyken Frans, but this must be an error.


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, 288.

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: 655. Available online at:

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Brugsche Martyrologium (12 October 1527-7 Augustus 1573). Brussels, [1944]: 49k No. 38. Available in full electronic text at:

Wackernagel, Philipp. Lieder der niederlandischen Reformierten aus der Zeit der Verfolgung im 16. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt: Hender & Zimmer, 1867. Reprinted Nieuwkoop: B. de Graaf, 1965: 130.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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