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18 April 1587 – Death of John Foxe, Martyrologist

| April 18, 2013

18 April 1587 – Death of John Foxe, Martyrologist

On this day in 1587, John Foxe, the English historian, reformer and martyrologist, died aged around seventy. He is known for his book Actes and Monuments, commonly known as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, an account of Christian martyrs throughout history, with particular emphasis on the Protestant martyrs who died during the reign of Mary I. […]

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 […]

Anne Boleyn and the Reformation

| March 29, 2010

Anne Boleyn and the Reformation

It seems fitting during Holy Week to look at Anne Boleyn’s role in the English Reformation. However, one of the mysteries surrounding Anne Boleyn is what Anne herself believed, i.e. her own personal faith, and what her role in the English Reformation actually was. Historians just can’t seem to agree! In his report, “Anne Boleyn’s […]

Anne Boleyn: The Martyr

| June 26, 2009

Anne Boleyn: The Martyr

As much as I love Anne Boleyn, and you all know that I do, the idea of her being a martyr or being venerated and being known as Saint Anne Boleyn is rather foreign to me and I expect that Anne would laugh at the idea. However, there are many who believe that she died […]