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

By Hermina Joldersma; Louis Grijp | Go to book overview

ELISABETH van LEEUWARDEN
(drowned May 27, 1549 in Leeuwarden)

Verdict against Lysbet Dircxdochter, May 27, 1549:

Since Lysbet Dircxdochter, currently imprisoned, has confessed before the court of Friesland (freely, without iron bonds) that she was rebaptized, has been in various conventicles, has had wrong beliefs about the venerable holy sacraments, the ordinances of the holy church and other articles against our holy Christian faith, all contrary to the decrees of his Imperial Majesty, and because of her heresies and errors has been captured by the procurer general who demands right and justice be done, contending that the aforementioned prisoner should be corporally punished; and whereas the prisoner, having been examined, has asked for grace and mercy … the aforementioned court, considering the admission of the aforementioned prisoner together with her confession and the recantation of her aforementioned errors and heresies, condemns this same prisoner to be executed by drowning and to be brought from the living body to death. Thus pronounced and spoken at Leeuwarden in the prison1 the 27th of May, 1549.

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“blockhuyse”, literally “house with a block”: in Dutch, “block” refers to a tool in which the legs of prisoners were locked, while in English the “block” was used for beheading. The English “blockhouse” means “fortification” rather than “prison.”

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