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Martyrs of Henry VIII By John Matusiak

Martyrs of Henry VIII

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A joint biography of Tudor England's martyrs whose executions triggered a wave of bloody repression
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Martyrs of Henry VIII: Repression, Defiance, Sacrifice by John Matusiak

When Henry VIII passed through Canterbury in 1532, a young woman in her mid-twenties named Elizabeth Barton, widely revered as a visionary and prophetess, burst into his presence and warned him that he was 'so abominable in the sight of God that he was not worthy to tread on hallowed ground'. Two years later, the self-same 'Holy Maid of Kent' would suffer a grisly fate at Tyburn and trigger a wave of bloody repression that consumed not only Sir Thomas More, but two other less widely-known individuals, whose exceptional sacrifices were, arguably, even more compelling. One was a combative cleric as renowned for his integrity as his intellect, prepared to sacrifice both life and country in defence of Queen Catherine of Aragon and the old religion; the other a courtier-turned-ascetic, plucked from the shelter of the cloister by a religious and political revolution, in which he had little stake beyond the dictates of his own conscience. For these three unique individuals of widely contrasting backgrounds, temperaments and motives, drawn together at a critical watershed in English history by a common cause and destiny, the path to Tyburn was a long and painful one, paved with fear, hardships, vilification and intrigue.

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About John Matusiak


JOHN MATUSIAK was a teacher for more than thirty years. For over a third of that time, he was Head of the History Department at Colchester Royal Grammar School, founded by Henry VIII in 1539. He is the author of Henry VIII (THP, 2012), Wolsey (THP, 2013) and the forthcoming Europe in Flames (THP, 2018).

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GOR010815330
Martyrs of Henry VIII: Repression, Defiance, Sacrifice by John Matusiak
John Matusiak
Used - Like New
Hardback
The History Press Ltd
2019-11-01
352
0750987952
9780750987950
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