The Tudor Society

27 March – Reading the Bible in church could get you into trouble

In today's "on this day in Tudor history" video, I share the story of William Hunter, a nineteen-year-old apprentice whose trouble started when he was caught reading the Bible to himself in church.

William ended up being burned at the stake for heresy on 26th or 27th March 1555 in his hometown of Brentwood Essex.

Here's a 19th century picture of Brentwood School and the Martyr's Elm, which was planted where Hunter was burned.

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