Nicasen van Alcmaers (d. 1561)

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Nicasen (van) Aelmeers (Nicasius Aelmare) was an Anabaptist martyr burned at the stake at Bruges on 10 December 1561. He was the brother of Martijntgen van Alcmaers. He was named twice by van Braght (Martyrs' Mirror D 297, E 663, where the date of execution is given as 1562; and D 288, E 655, where the correct date is given, but his name is given as Nikasen Amare). Verheyden lists him as Nicasius Aelmaere, born at Steenwercke in Flanders. On 10 November 1561 a meeting of the Bruges congregation held just outside the city was surprised by the police and a number of the members were seized, bound two by two, and taken to prison. They remained steadfast and on 10 December four other martyrs died with Nicasen: Marijn Eewouts, Andries de Molenaar, Adriaen Brael, and Lucas Hendricx; they were followed on the next day by Jan Christiaens, Maeyken Frans, Jelis Outerman, Anthonis Keute, Francijntgen, the wife of Andries de Molenaar, Hans Lisz, and Hansken Parmentier. Later research has shown that his name was Nicasen van Parmentier.


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, 297.

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, 663. Available online at:

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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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