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As the story begins, Christopher Gray is being locked in prison. He then explains to a fellow prisoner how he has come to be in such a place. Christopher tells how he set out from Kent on foot bound for Oxford. At the end of his journey he is arrested when it is discovered that he is carrying Bibles printed in English. The law under Queen Mary states that Bibles may only be written in Latin.
Once in prison Christopher is interviewed by the Bishop of Oxford. He is told that if gives up his views everything will be alright, 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 remains adamant he would die rather than change his views.
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