Tanneken (d. 1560)

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Tanneken, an Anabaptist martyr, who by special permission of the council of Flanders, was secretly beheaded in the court of the Gravensteen castle at Ghent, Belgium, at three in the afternoon on 27 June 1560, after she had given birth to a child. Miertgen was executed at the same time. Their corpses were immediately buried in a pit. Tanneken was born at Kortrijk in Flanders and was the wife of Hans de Smet, who had died as a martyr on 7 August 1559. Her official name was Anneken Gressy; she was commonly called Tanneken Godtbetert. Tanneken and Miertgen, who were in prison for more than a year, are said to have spoken to the people who passed beneath their windows and to have thrown letters to the street, thus proclaiming their faith. Van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror gives only a brief account on these martyrs, erroneously giving the date of execution as 1559. Particulars have been published by A. L. E. Verheyden. Tanneken is one of the martyrs of Ghent celebrated in the song "Ic moet een liet beginnen," No. 14 of 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, 246.

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; 620. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.

Dit Boec wort genoemt: Het Offer des Heeren, om het inhout van sommighe opgheofferde kinderen Godts . . . N.p., 1562, 1567, 1570, 1578, 1580, Amsterdam, 1590, n.p., 1591, Amsterdam, 1595, Harlingen, 1599: 348, 556 ff. Available in full electronic text at: http://www.dbnl.org/tekst/_off001offe01_01/

Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 26, No. 73.

Author(s) 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. 683. All rights reserved.

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