Bloody Mary's Martyrs: The Story of England's Terror

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Constable, 2001 - Christian martyrs - 246 pages

'They then brought a lighted fagot and laid it at Dr Ridley's feet, upon which Mr Latimer said: 'Be of good comfort Master Ridley and play the man, we shall this day light such a candle by God's grace in England as I trust shall never be put out.'
Foxe's Actes and Monuments
These chilling words set the scene for the reign of Mary, daughter of Henry VIII, who was crowned queen in 1553. Always sickly, she died in 1558, but her short reign was entirely devoted to restoring Catholicism to England by whatever means were necessary. Her brutal methods earned her the name she has carried ever since, 'Bloody Mary'. This is the story of her persecution of men such as Ridley and Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, both of whom were burned at the stake, as were some 300 others who refused to renounce their protestantism and accept Papal supremacy once more. Jasper Ridley's new book tells the full story of the events of England's reign of terror.

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BLOODY MARY'S MARTYRS: The Story of England's Terror

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Another on the religious persecutions promulgated by the much-unloved Tudor monarch, this time presented in a lively if highly partisan style reminiscent of John Foxe's Book of Martyrs.England during ... Read full review


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The Break with Rome
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Jasper Ridley was a former barrister turned author and became one of England's leading biographers, recent works including lives of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. His Lord Palmerstone was winner of the James Tait Black prize. His last work, The Freemasons, was highly acclaimed.

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