21 March 1556 – Thomas Cranmer’s martyrdom

| March 21, 2017

21 March 1556 – Thomas Cranmer’s martyrdom

On this day in history, 21st March 1556, Thomas Cranmer, former Archbishop of Canterbury, was burned at the stake in Oxford after being found guilty of heresy in the reign of Mary I. He is one of three Protestant bishops who were executed in Mary I’s reign and who have become known as the Oxford […]

16 October 1555 – Two of the Oxford martyrs were burnt at the stake

| October 16, 2016

16 October 1555 – Two of the Oxford martyrs were burnt at the stake

On this day in history, 16th October 1555, two of the Oxford martyrs: Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, and Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, were burnt at the stake at Oxford for heresy. Their friend and fellow Oxford martyr, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, was also burnt at the stake in Oxford, but on 21st March 1556. Read […]

21 March 1556 – The glorious martyrdom of Thomas Cranmer

| March 21, 2016

21 March 1556 – The glorious martyrdom of Thomas Cranmer

On this day in history, 21 March 1556, in the words of martyrologist John Foxe, Thomas Cranmer, former Archbishop of Canterbury, “closed a life of high sublunary elevation, of constant uneasiness, and of glorious martyrdom” when he was burnt at the stake in Oxford in the reign of Queen Mary I. Cranmer’s execution was a […]

16 October 1555 – The Martyrdom of Bishops Latimer and Ridley

| October 16, 2015

16 October 1555 – The Martyrdom of Bishops Latimer and Ridley

On this day in history, 16th October 1555, during the reign of Mary I, Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, and Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, were burnt at the stake for heresy in Oxford. Ridley and Latimer, along with Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, who was burnt at the stake on 21st March 1556, are known as […]

Remembering Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury

| March 21, 2014

Remembering Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury

Today I will be remembering Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was burned at the stake on 21st March 1556 after being found guilty of heresy and treason. Martyrologist John Foxe recorded his execution in his Book of Martyrs: “With thoughts intent upon a far higher object than the empty threats of man, he reached […]

16 October 1555 – The Burnings of Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley at Oxford

| October 16, 2013

16 October 1555 – The Burnings of Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley at Oxford

Today is the anniversary of the burnings of two of the Oxford Martyrs, Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, and Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London. The third Oxford Martyr was Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was burned at the stake on 21st March 1556. Hugh Latimer was born around between 1480 and 1494 in Thurcaston, […]

16 October 1555 – The Burnings of Ridley and Latimer

| October 16, 2012

16 October 1555 – The Burnings of Ridley and Latimer

On 16 October 1555, during the reign of Mary I, Protestants Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were burned at the stake in Oxford. Along with Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, they have become known as the Oxford Martyrs and the site of their executions is marked by a stone monument: Martyr’s Memorial. Both men were influential Protestants. […]

The Execution of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer – 21st March 1556

| March 21, 2012

The Execution of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer – 21st March 1556

On this day in history, 21st March 1556, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer was burned at the stake in Oxford for heresy. His execution was a despicable act in that it was unlawful because Cranmer had actually recanted five times. He should have been absolved, but he wasn’t. On the day of his execution, Cranmer was ordered […]