On this day in Tudor history, the remains of reformers Martin Bucer and Paul Fagius were exhumed and publicly burned in Cambridge, after the men were posthumously found guilty of heresy. I tell you more in this video:
There is the idea that burning people prevented their bodies from being resurrected at the Day of Judgement but then Samantha Wilcoxson mentioned, when talking about burning heretics alive, that the stake was a last chance for them to be saved, that it was hoped that the suffering might make then recant so that their souls could be saved. Hmmm... I'd love to hear your thoughts on this as I've been hearing conflicting views on this.
Also on this day in history:
- 1561 – Baptism of Tailboys Dymoke (pseudonym Thomas Cutwode) at Kyme in Lincolnshire. He was the son of Sir Robert Dymoke, and his wife, Bridget (née Clinton). Dymoke is known for his allegorical poem, Caltha poetarum, or, “The Bumble Bee”, which he published under the name of Thomas Cutwode. Click here to read more about him.
- 1585 – Death of Edmund Plowden, lawyer, legal scholar and law reporter, in London. He was laid to rest in the Middle Temple Church. Cambridge University libraries and the British Library contain manuscripts of his commentaries and opinions, and he is known for his 1571 “Les comentaries ou les reportes de Edmunde Plowden” volume of law reports covering cases during the reigns of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.