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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Happy Birthday Sir Thomas More

| February 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Sir Thomas More

On this day in history, on the 7th February 1478, Sir Thomas More was born in Milk Street, London. He is famous as St Thomas More, after being beatified in 1886 and canonised in 1935, and his feast day is celebrated on the 22nd June in the Roman Catholic Church and the 6th July in […]