4 August 1540 – Blessed William Horne

Posted By on August 4, 2014

Carthusian martyrs, painting by Fray Juan Sánchez Cotán

Carthusian martyrs, painting by Fray Juan Sánchez Cotán

On 4th August 1540, a number of men were executed for treason, including Carthusian monk William Horne, laybrother of the London Charterhouse, who was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn for treason for refusing to accept King Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church.

Horne was one of 18 Carthusian monks killed between May 1535 and August 1540. Some were hanged, drawn and quartered, some were hanged in chains and others were starved to death. All 18 have been recognised by the Catholic Church as martyrs.

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