Brulius (Pierre Brully or Brusly), succeeded Calvin as pastor of the church in Strasburg, on the Rhine, and was much esteemed by the people. There prevailed at this time throughout the Netherlands the most earnest desire to be instructed in the Reformed religion, so that in places where the truth was not or dared not to be preached, private invitations were sent to the ministers who resided in towns where the pure Gospel was preached openly. Some people in Tournay accordingly invited Brulius from Strasburg. He complied with their request, and came to Tournay, September, 1544, and was most joyfully received. After staying some time, he made an excursion to Lille for the same object, and returned to Tournay in October. The governors of the city ordered strict search for him, and his friends let him over the wall by a rope, Nov. 2,1544. On his reaching the ground, a stone fell on his leg and broke it. He was seized, put in prison, and, notwithstanding the efforts of the senate of Strasburg and of the Protestant princes, he was put to death, Feb. 19, 1545. He suffered terribly, being burned in a slow fire! But nothing could triumph over his faith, and he testified to the truth to the very last. — Middleton, Evangelical Biog., 1, 154.