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30 July – Reformers and Catholics executed on the same day!

What a confusing day it must have been for the citizens of London on 30th July 1540! For it was on this day in history, in the reign of King Henry VIII, that both Catholics and men of the reformed faith were executed in London. Crazy times indeed!

Find out more about why Thomas Abell, Edward Powell and Richard Fetherston, and Robert Barnes, William Jerome and Thomas Garrard, were executed in today's talk.

John Foxe relates "The History of Robert Barnes, Thomas Garret, and William Jerome, Divines" in his Actes and Monuments –

Here is my photo of Thomas Abell's carving:

Also on this day in history:

  • 1550 – Death of Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton, at Lincoln House in Holborn. He was buried in St Andrew's Church, Holborn, but then moved later to Titchfield. Wriothesley served Henry VIII as Lord Privy Seal and Lord Chancellor.
  • 1553 - Princess Elizabeth left her new home, Somerset House, to ride to Wanstead and greet her half-sister, Mary, England’s new queen.
  • 1563 – Birth of Robert Parry, writer and diarist, at Tywysog in Denbighshire, North Wales. His works included “Moderatus: the most Delectable and Famous Historie of the Black Knight”.
  • 1570 – Burial of Sir William Godolphin, soldier, at Breage.

There are 3 comments Go To Comment

  1. R

    What has happened to the Anne Boleyn files, the connection has been down all day? Thanks

    1. C - Post Author

      The server is being upgraded. We didn’t have any warning of it happening so I couldn’t let people know. Sorry!

      1. R

        O.K, Thanks. Good luck with the upgrade.

        This is a terrible incident. Henry just had it in at this stage for anyone who had opposed him. This is purge I think of people connected to Thomas Cromwell on one hand and leading opponents of the Supremacy on the other. A really terrifying time for anyone who was in the firing line. Henry was maybe taking a middle way or just showing he had no favourites and all had best stay out of his way.

        He meantime was loving it up in Oatlands with his dolly bird young wife.

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30 July – Reformers and Catholics executed on the same day!