On this day in history, 17th October 1560, Walter Marsh, spy and Protestant martyr, was baptised at St Stephen's Church, Coleman Street, London.
Marsh came to a sticky end, being burned to death in Rome's Campo dei Fiori after having his tongue and hands cut off. Here is my Claire Chats talk on Walter Marsh:
Notes and Sources
- 'Cecil Papers: June 1595 ,16-30', in Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 5, 1594-1595, ed. R A Roberts (London, 1894), pp. 246-264. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-cecil-papers/vol5/pp246-264 [accessed 16 October 2018].
- ‘The memoirs of Father Robert Persons’, ed. Rev. J. H. Pollen, Miscellanea, II, Catholic Record Society, Arden Press (1906), p. 12-218, https://archive.org/details/miscellanea02cath/page/n229, the mention of Parsons is on p. 208.
- R. Sheldon, The motives of Richard Sheldon, priest, for his just, voluntary, and free renouncing of communion with the bishop of Rome (1612), Preface, https://archive.org/details/motivesrichards00shelgoog/page/n8.