Sijntgen (d. 1564)

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Sijntgen, an Anabaptist martyr, the aged mother of the martyr Steven de Graet, was burned at the stake with her son on 7 April 1564, at Ghent in Flanders, Belgium. The information given in the Offer des Heeren and in van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror is rather incomplete, stating neither the exact date nor the manner of execution. Verheyden was able to give some details from the official records: Sijntgen's full name was Jozyne Steghers; she was born at Kortrijk in Flanders, and was the widow of Cornelis Segaert (the name of de Graet is apparently a corruption of Segaert). Both Sijntgen and her son are commemorated in the hymn "Als men schreef duyst vijfhondert jaer ende twee en tsestich mede," found in the Lietboecxken.


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, 301.

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: 666. Available online at:

Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1570: 651. Available in full electronic text at:

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 30. No. 98.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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