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4 December – Murder made to look like suicide and the beginning of the end for Thomas Cranmer

On this day in Tudor history, 4th December 1514, merchant tailor and leading member of the Lollard community in London, Richard Hunne died while imprisoned in the Lollard's Tower at St Paul's.

Hunne, who had been arrested for heresy in October 1514, was discovered hanging from the ceiling of his cell. The Bishop of London and his chancellor claimed that Hunne had used his own silk girdle to commit suicide, but a coroner's inquest ruled that the hanging was faked and that Hunne was murdered.

But why was Richard Hunne murdered? And why had this merchant tailor been arrested in the first place? Was it just for heresy, or was there more to it?

Find out all about Hunne, his arrest, the charges against him, his death and what happened next, in this talk...

Also on this day in Tudor history, 4th December 1555, in Rome, papal sentence was passed on Thomas Cranmer, resulting in him being deprived of his archbishopric.

Permission was also granted for his fate to be decided by the secular authorities.

Thomas Cranmer went on to recant his Protestant faith on several occasions but was still executed by being burned at the stake.

Why? Find out in this video...

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  1. C /

    That a disgustingly unjust story. As for London sending their ne’er-do-well to Exeter. What had we done to deserve that? I suppose out of sight out of mind, seeing London was a long, hard way from Exeter in those days.

    1. < /

      Yes, very much so.

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4 December – Murder made to look like suicide and the beginning of the end for Thomas Cranmer