Peter of Spain (d. 1560)

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Peter of Spain (Pedro de Soza, Dutch; Peter van Spagnien, official name), an Anabaptist martyr, who was won to the Anabaptist faith by a brother from Amsterdam, Jakob Jansz Ruytenbergh, a merchant whom he had met in Spain. He was baptized in Antwerp, Belgium, and received into the congrega­tion. When he was about to return to Spain to his wife and children he was arrested, and after a val­iant confession of his faith was drowned in a tub at Antwerp on 1 February 1560, with two brothers, Gomer de Clercq and Jacob Schot. With many other Anabaptist victims executed at Antwerp, he is commem­orated in the song, "Aenhoort Godt, hemelsche Vader," found in the Lietboecxken.


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, 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 Herren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1562, 1567, 1570, 1578, 1580, Amsterdam, 1590, n.p., 1591, Amsterdam, 1595, Harlingen, 1599. The 1570 edition is cited as reproduced in BRN II., 51-486, including Een Lietboecxken, tracterende van den Offer des Heeren (pp. 499-617): 567.

Génard, P. Antwerpsch archievenblad. IX: 6, 11; XIV: 28 ff., No. 310.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 352.

Wolkan, Rudolf. Die Lieder der Wiedertäufer. Berlin, 1903. Reprinted Nieuwkoop, B. De Graaf, 1965: 63, 72.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 151. All rights reserved.

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