10 December – A priest was tortured and executed by a priestfinder, and the execution of THomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

| December 10, 2021

10 December – A priest was tortured and executed by a priestfinder, and the execution of THomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

On this day in Tudor history, 10th December 1591, Roman Catholic priest Edmund Gennings and Catholic Swithin Wells were executed on a scaffold set up outside Wells’ house at Holborn. Gennings had been caught celebrating mass at Wells’ home by the famous Elizabethan priestfinder and torturer, Richard Topcliffe, who punished him by throwing him into […]