Tanneken Delmeere (d. 1561)

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Tanneken Delmeere (Tanneken Jans), an Anabaptist martyr, of Oudenaarde in Flanders, the wife of Jacques Massois, was secretly executed by beheading, together with Lynken Claes, within the Gravensteen castle at Ghent, Belgium, on 14 August 1561. She confessed that she had left the Catholic Church in 1550, and since then had regularly participated in Mennonite meetings. In 1560 she was baptized at Ghent by Joos (Joachim Vermeeren). Both Tanneken and Lynken refused to recant in spite of the unceasing and able endeavors of the inquisitor Titelman. After several months in prison, weary of all the trials, they sent the warden to the magistrate with the message that all further attempts to "convert" them would be futile. Thereupon the death sentence was pronounced and immediately executed upon these two brave martyrs.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Tanneken Delmeere (d. 1561). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 14 July 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Tanneken_Delmeere_(d._1561)&oldid=129047.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 683. All rights reserved.

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