The Tudor Society

January 25 – St Edmund Campion, Catholic Martyr

Engraving of St Edmund Campion with a knife in his chest

On this day in Tudor history, 25th January 1540, St Edmund Campion, Jesuit and martyr, was born in London.

Campion was hanged, drawn and quartered on 1st December 1581 for treasonable conspiracy.  He was beatified in 1886 by Pope Leo XIII and canonized in 1970 by Pope Paul VI.

Let me tell you a bit more about this Catholic martyr...

If you want to know more about the Catholics who suffered during Elizabeth’s reign and those that risked their lives sheltering them, then do read Jessie Childs’ “God’s Traitors”.

Here's a video on Alexander Briant who was executed along with Campion:

Image: Engraving of St Edmund Campion, and, yes, that is a knife in his chest!

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