Elisabeth's Manly Courage: Testimonials and Songs of Martyred Anabaptist Women in the Low Countries

By Hermina Joldersma; Louis Grijp | Go to book overview

WEYNKEN CLAES
(burned November 20, 1527, in The Hague)

The Testimony of a Woman named Weynken, daughter of Claes of Monnickendam, a widow who was put to death and burned at the stake in The Hague in the year 1527.

On the 15th of November Weynken, Claes's daughter, was brought as a prisoner to The Hague from the stronghold in Woerden. Count van Hoochstraten, Governor of Holland, came on the 17th day of the same month. On the 18th the aforementioned Weynken was brought before the Governor and the entire Council of Holland.

One of them asked her: “Woman, have you slept on and considered the matters which these magistrates have laid before you?”

She answered: “I remain true to what I have said.”

Q: “If you do not speak differently, and renounce your heresies, they will make you suffer an unbearable death.”

A: “If that power [Jn 19:11] has been granted you from above, I am prepared to suffer.”

Q: “So you aren't afraid of death, which you have never tasted?”

A: “That's true, but I will never taste that death, for Christ says: [Jn 8:51] ‘Whoever keeps my word, he shall never taste death’. [Lk 16:23] The rich man tastes death and will taste it forever.”

Q: “What beliefs do you hold concerning the Sacrament?”

A: “I hold your Sacrament to be bread and flour, and if you people believe that to be a God, so I say that it is your devil.”

Q: “What beliefs do you hold concerning the saints?”

A: “I know no other [1 Jn 2:1] mediator save Christ.”

Q: “You will have to die, if you continue to hold to this.”

A: “[Gal 2:20] I have already died.”

Q: “If you've already died, how then can you speak?”

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