November 27 – A former monk is burnt for heresy after being caught by Sir Thomas More

| November 27, 2022

November 27 – A former monk is burnt for heresy after being caught by Sir Thomas More

On this day in Tudor history, 27th November 1531, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Reformer Richard Bayfield was burnt at the stake at Smithfield for heresy. The former Benedictine monk had been caught importing heretical books into England by Sir Thomas More. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Bayfield’s first brush with the authorities. Bayfield had […]

27 November – Former monk burnt at stake for importing books and William Shakespeare gets married

| November 27, 2021

27 November – Former monk burnt at stake for importing books and William Shakespeare gets married

On this day in Tudor history, 27th November 1531, former Benedictine monk and reformist, Richard Bayfield, was burnt at the stake at Smithfield for heresy after Sir Thomas More had caught him importing heretical books into England. It wasn’t Bayfield’s first brush with the authorities. He’d been in trouble for heresy previously so was now […]

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