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22 December 1534 – Bishop John Fisher’s letter to Cromwell

| December 22, 2015

22 December 1534 – Bishop John Fisher’s letter to Cromwell

On the 22nd December 1534, an imprisoned John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, wrote to Thomas Cromwell beseeching him to provide him with a shirt and sheet (neither of which he had), some food, some books “to stir his devotion more effectually” and a priest to hear his confession. He also asked Cromwell to intercede with […]

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 […]