16 July 1546 – Anne Askew Burned at the Stake

| July 16, 2011

16 July 1546 – Anne Askew Burned at the Stake

On the 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. Those of you who read my article “18 June 1546 – Anne Askew Sentenced to Death” will know that Anne was illegally racked in the Tower of […]

18 June 1546 – Anne Askew Sentenced to Death

| June 18, 2011

18 June 1546 – Anne Askew Sentenced to Death

On this day in history, 18th June 1546, a young woman in her twenties from Lincolnshire was found guilty of heresy and sentenced to burning at the stake. Antonia Fraser writes of how she had already been cross-examined for heresy the year before and “had responded to her accusers with vigour”1 and survived to fight […]

The Tudors Season 4 Episode 9 – Secrets of the Heart

| March 28, 2011

Setting 1545-1546 Whitehall Palace, London 1545 – A groom gets the ageing Henry VIII an eye glass to help him read. Lord Hertford arrives with news from France – Surrey has lost over 600 men, including his captains and gentlemen. The King does not comment. The King meets with his council to discuss Surrey’s defeat. […]

The Burning of Anne Askew

| July 16, 2010

The Burning of Anne Askew

On this day in history, the 16th July 1546, Anne Askew, John Lascelles and two other Protestants were burned at the stake at Smithfield for heresy. Anne had been so severely tortured on the rack that she had to be carried to the stake and her body supported on the stake by a seat, but […]

Anne Askew Sentenced to Death

| June 18, 2010

Anne Askew Sentenced to Death

On this day in history, 18th June 1546, the Protestant martyr and poet, Anne Askew, was found guilty of heresy and condemned to be burned at the stake at Smithfield. Anne Askew’s Background Anne Askew was born in 1520 (some say 1521) in Lincolnshire. She was a noblewoman, being the daughter of Sir William Askew, […]

Celebrating The Six Wives and Tudor Women

| March 8, 2010

Celebrating The Six Wives and Tudor Women

As today is International Women’s Day, I thought it would be good to look at the women I’ve come across in my research into Anne Boleyn and Tudor times and to celebrate their lives. These women inspire us so much – whether they give us creative inspiration, act as role models or just feed our […]

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