5 April 1531 – The cook who was boiled to death

Posted By on April 5, 2016

Richard Roose boiled to deathOn 5th April 1531, Richard Roose (or Rouse), the cook in the household of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, was boiled to death after being attainted of high treason.

It was claimed that Roose had poisoned a porridge (or pottage* served to Fisher and his guests on 18th February 1531. All who ate the porridge became ill, and two people died.

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