The Imposture of the Holy Maid of Kent

On this day in history, 20th April 1534, Elizabeth Barton, an English Catholic nun known as the “Holy Maid of Kent” or the “Nun of Kent”, was hanged at Tyburn with her spiritual adviser, Father Edward Bocking, her parish priest, Richard Risby, warden of the Observant Friary at Canterbury, and Hugh Rich, warden of the Observant Friary at Richmond.

They were hanged for treason and you can read their story in my article “Elizabeth Barton the Nun of Kent”.

Also on this same day in 1534, prominent citizens of London were required to swear the Oath of the Act of Succession.

1578: Death of Lady Mary Keys (née Grey), sister of Lady Jane Grey.

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