Murder of David Van Der Leyen and Levina Ghyselins Digital History ID 2403|
Credit: Library of Congress
Media type: engraving
Museum Number: LC-USZ62-119890
Annotation: This engraving depicts the execution of David van der Leyen and Levina Ghyselins, described variously as Dutch Anabaptists or Mennonites, by Catholic authorities in Ghent in 1554. Strangled and burned, van der Leyen was finally dispatched with an iron fork. Bracht’s Martyr’s Mirror is considered by modern Mennonites as second only in importance to the Bible in perpetuating their faith.
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