Thursday, October 16, 2014

1555: The Burning of Latimer & Ridley

The Burning of Bishops Latimer and Ridley, from Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Picture acquired through Wikimedia Commons. Image public domain.

On this day in 1555, Bishop Nicholas Ridley and Bishop Hugh Latimer were burned at the stake in Oxford. Ridley and Latimer were convicted of heresy due to their opposition of the Marian Counter-Reformation in England. The following year in 1556, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer would be burned in the same spot. Together, Ridley, Latimer and Cranmer are known as the "Oxford Martyrs", and the spot where they perished is marked in their memory on Broad Street to this day.

The site of the execution of the "Oxford Martyrs", Ridley, Latimer and Cranmer on Broad St. in Oxford. Picture via Charlotte Hunyor on Pinterest.