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5 April 1531 – The boiling to death of Richard Roose, Bishop Fisher’s cook

| April 5, 2019

5 April 1531 – The boiling to death of Richard Roose, Bishop Fisher’s cook

On this day in history, in the reign of Henry VIII, Richard Roose was boiled to death at Smithfield. The former cook of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, had been attainted of high treason by a new bill, the “Acte for Poysoning”. You can find out more about what brought him to this awful end, […]

22 December – The Howards in trouble and an imprisoned bishop

| December 22, 2017

22 December – The Howards in trouble and an imprisoned bishop

On this day in history, 22 December 1541, members of the Howard and Tilney family, plus their staff, were tried for misprision of treason for covering up the “unlawful, carnal, voluptuous, and licentious life”. of Queen Catherine Howard while she lived with the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk at Lambeth. Read more… Also on this day […]

Poisoned pottage and a man boiled to death

| April 5, 2017

On this day in history, 5th April 1531, Richard Roose (Rouse) was boiled to death at Smithfield after being attainted of high treason. Roose was the former cook of the household of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, and he’d been attainted after Parliament had passed a new bill, the “Acte for Poysoning”, which made it […]

5 April 1531 – The Boiling of Richard Roose, Bishop John Fisher’s Cook

| April 5, 2014

5 April 1531 – The Boiling of Richard Roose, Bishop John Fisher’s Cook

On 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 […]

The Boiling of Richard Roose – 5th April 1531

| April 5, 2013

The Boiling of Richard Roose – 5th April 1531

On this day in 1531, Richard Roose (or Rouse), Bishop John Fisher’s cook, was boiled to death after confessing to poisoning the soup (or porridge) that was served to the Bishop and his guests. Fisher, the Bishop of Rochester, survived, but some of his guests, who’d eaten more of the soup, died. People were quick […]

22 June 1535 – Execution of Bishop John Fisher

| June 22, 2011

22 June 1535 – Execution of Bishop John Fisher

On this day in history, the 22nd June 1535, Bishop John Fisher was beheaded on Tower Hill. His crime? Refusing to take the Oath of Succession and refusing to accept Henry VIII as Supreme Head of the Church in England, and also supporting Catherine of Aragon during Henry VIII’s quest for an annulment. You can […]

Richard Roose Boiled to Death – 5 April 1531

| April 5, 2011

Richard Roose Boiled to Death – 5 April 1531

On this day in history, 5th April 1531, Richard Roose (or Rouse), Bishop John Fisher’s cook, was boiled to death after confessing to poisoning the soup* that was served to the Bishop and his guests. Fisher, the Bishop of Rochester, survived but some of his guests, who’d eaten more of the soup, died. People were […]

Bishop John Fisher Executed

| June 22, 2010

Bishop John Fisher Executed

On this day in history, 22nd June 1535, John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, was beheaded. He was beatified in 1886 by Pope Leo XIII and then canonised in 1935 by Pope Pius XI, and his feast day is celebrated today, the 22nd June, a feast day which he shares with his friend Thomas More. He […]