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4 July 1533 – The burning of John Frith

| July 4, 2016

4 July 1533 – The burning of John Frith

On this day in history, 4th July 1533, John Frith, reformer, theologian and martyr, was burnt at the stake at Smithfield for heresy. Frith was charged with heresy because of his religious views, which included his belief that Christ’s words about the sacrament, “This is my body”, were not to be taken literally, and his […]

18 June 1546 – Anne Askew found guilty of heresy

| June 18, 2016

18 June 1546 – Anne Askew found guilty of heresy

On this day in history, 18th June 1546, Anne Askew, estranged wife of Thomas Kyme, was found guilty of heresy at London’s Guildhall along with Nicholas Shaxton (former Bishop of Salisbury), Nicholas White and John Hadlam. All four of them were condemned to be burnt, but Shaxton and White were saved by recanting their heretical […]

18 June 1546 – The Trial of Anne Askew

| June 18, 2015

18 June 1546 – The Trial of Anne Askew

On 18 June 1546, twenty-five year-old Anne Askew was arraigned at London’s Guildhall for heresy, along with Nicholas Shaxton, Nicholas White and John Hadlam (Adlams or Adams). They were all found guilty and condemned to death. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded the results of the hearing: “The eigh tenth daie of June, 1546, […]

16 July 1546 – Burning of Anne Askew

| July 16, 2013

16 July 1546 – Burning of Anne Askew

On this day in history, 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. You can read more about them and also the Newbury Martyrs, who were burned on this day in 1556, in my article 16 July […]

16 July 1546 – The Burnings of Anne Askew, John Lascelles, John Adams and Nicholas Belenian

| July 16, 2012

16 July 1546 – The Burnings of Anne Askew, John Lascelles, John Adams and Nicholas Belenian

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. Anne Askew had been so badly racked during her imprisonment in the Tower of London that she had to be carried to the stake and was then […]