Mattheus de Vik (d. 1567)

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Burning of Christiaen Langedul, Cornelis Claesz, Mattheus de Vik, and Hans Symonsz, Antwerp, 1567.
Engraving by Jan Luiken Jan Luiken in Martyrs' Mirror, v. 2, p. 345 of Dutch edition.
Source: Rijksmuseum.

Mattheus de Vik (Mattheeuws de Vick, de Vicht, de Vecht), an Anabaptist martyr,was arrested with Christiaen Langedul, Cornelis Claesz, and Hans Symonsz on Sunday morning, 10 August 1567, at Antwerp, Belgium, while attending a meeting. After imprisonment and torture they were sentenced to death at Antwerp on 13 September 1567. At the place of execution they addressed the bystanders and Mattheus said: "Citizens, that we suffer here, is for the truth, and because we live according to. the Word of God." Thereupon his words were drowned out by the roll of soldiers' drums, and the victims bound together two by two, after having been strangled by the executioner, were burned in their little huts of straw, thus giving a striking testimony of their faith.


Antwerpsch archievenblad (IX): 460, 462; (X): 66; (XIV): 46 f., No. 524.

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, 345.

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: 704. Available online at:

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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