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Amazon.com: Martyrs Mirror: The Story of Seventeen Centuries of Christian Martyrdom From the Time of Christ to A.D. 1660 (9780836113907): Thieleman Van Bragt, Joseph F. Sohm: Books

George Blaurock 1491 - Sep 6, 1529 - and Conrad Grebel baptized each other in the fountain in the square in Zurich in 1525. They are seen as the founders of the Swiss Anabaptist movement.Unfortunately, these groups faced harsh persecution by both Catholic and protestant authorities. George Blaurock was exiled from Zurich and eventually burned at the stake near Klausen, Tyrol (Northern Italy, western Austria).

Menno Simons 1496 - Jan 31, 1561 - A Dutch Catholic priest that embraced anabaptism in 1536. Spent years traveling through Holland and Germany preaching his faith. He was convinced that pacifism was essential to Christianity and refused to have anything to do with revolutionary anabaptists. The Mennonites were scattered through out eastern Europe finding refuge in Russia then North America and eventually South America.

To keep prisoners from preaching, authorities began gagging them or screwing their tongues to the roofs of their mouths. John Bret receiving the tongue screw, Antwerp, 1576 http://www.bethelks.edu/mla/holdings/scans/martyrsmirror/mm%20bk2%20p729.jpg

One Voice: Pacifist Writings from the Second World War, by Vera Brittain

Burning Christians in France - which Church promoted a "fiery hell"? True Christians love even their enemies and pray for those persecuting them. Rev. 18:4 They "separate" themselves from false Christians.

Torture of Huguenots in France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, - Stock Photo from the largest library of royalty-free images, only at Shutterstock.

William Tyndale. Executed in 1536 under the charge of heresy after translating the Bible to English. His last words were “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!”