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Tudor religion: Martyrs

Tudors - religion, intolerance and martyrs in the reign of Queen Mary

The reign of Queen Mary - first daughter of Henry VIII. As the story begins, Christopher Gray is being locked in prison. He then explains to a fellow prisoner how he comes to be in such a place...

Christopher tells how he set out from Kent bound for Oxford. He is arrested when it is discovered he is carrying bibles printed in English. The law under Queen Mary states that bibles may only be in Latin.

Once in prison Christopher is interviewed by the Bishop of Oxford. If he will give up his views he will be forgiven; but if he continues to denounce Catholicism he will be burned.

Christopher is resolute and so the following day he is forced to witness the martyrdom of Bishops Ridley and Latimer in the centre of Oxford. Christopher is horrified, but as the story ends he is adamant that he would rather die a martyr than renounce his faith.

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