June 18 – Catherine of Aragon protests, and Anne Askew is condemned

| June 18, 2022

June 18 – Catherine of Aragon protests, and Anne Askew is condemned

On this day in Tudor history, 18th June 1529, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the king’s wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, made her protest at the Legatine Court in Blackfriars, a court that was examining the king’s case for an annulment of their marriage. What was Catherine protesting about? What were the grounds […]

May 24 – Anne Askew and her husband are called to appear before the privy council

| May 24, 2022

May 24 – Anne Askew and her husband are called to appear before the privy council

On this day in Tudor history, 24th May 1546, letters were sent from the Privy Council to the future Protestant martyr Anne Askew and her estranged husband, Thomas Kyme. The couple were ordered to appear in front of the council within fourteen days. But why? What was going on? And what happened next? Here are […]

16 July – Anne of Cleves, Frances Brandon and Anne Askew

| July 16, 2016

16 July – Anne of Cleves, Frances Brandon and Anne Askew

16th July was a busy day in Tudor history. Here are three events which happened on this day and links to read more about them: 1517 – Birth of Frances Grey (née Brandon), Duchess of Suffolk, at Hatfield. She was born on St Francis’s Day and was the eldest daughter of Charles Brandon, Duke of […]

18 June 1546 – Anne Askew found guilty of heresy

| June 18, 2016

18 June 1546 – Anne Askew found guilty of heresy

On this day in history, 18th June 1546, Anne Askew, estranged wife of Thomas Kyme, was found guilty of heresy at London’s Guildhall along with Nicholas Shaxton (former Bishop of Salisbury), Nicholas White and John Hadlam. All four of them were condemned to be burnt, but Shaxton and White were saved by recanting their heretical […]

18 June 1546 – The Trial of Anne Askew

| June 18, 2015

18 June 1546 – The Trial of Anne Askew

On 18 June 1546, twenty-five year-old Anne Askew was arraigned at London’s Guildhall for heresy, along with Nicholas Shaxton, Nicholas White and John Hadlam (Adlams or Adams). They were all found guilty and condemned to death. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded the results of the hearing: “The eigh tenth daie of June, 1546, […]

16 July 1546 – The Execution of Anne Askew, “a singular example of Christian constancy for all men to follow”

| July 16, 2014

16 July 1546 – The Execution of Anne Askew, “a singular example of Christian constancy for all men to follow”

On this day in 1546 the Protestant martyrs Anne Askew, John Lascelles, John Adams and Nicholas Belenian were burned at the stake at Smithfield in London for heresy. Anne had to be carried to the stake in a chair and “was tied by the middle with a chain, that held up her body” because hse […]

16 July 1546 – Burning of Anne Askew

| July 16, 2013

16 July 1546 – Burning of Anne Askew

On this day in history, 16th July 1546, the Protestant martyrs, Anne Askew, John Lascelles, John Adams and Nicholas Belenian, were burned at the stake at Smithfield in London for heresy. You can read more about them and also the Newbury Martyrs, who were burned on this day in 1556, in my article 16 July […]

18 June 1546 – Anne Askew Arraigned at Guildhall for Heresy

| June 18, 2013

18 June 1546 – Anne Askew Arraigned at Guildhall for Heresy

On 18th June 1546, Anne Askew, a young woman from Lincolnshire who we know now as a Protestant martyr and poet, was arraigned for heresy at London’s Guildhall along with Nicholas Shaxton, Nicholas White and John Hadlam (Adlams or Adams). They were all found guilty and condemned to death. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley […]