North East London hyperlocal portal Sunday 22 July 2018

The martyrdom of John Forest (1538)

22 May 18

On this day in 1538, the Franciscan Friar John Forest was burned at the stake in Smithfield for refusing to take an oath acknowledging the King – Henry VIII – as the Supreme Head of the Church in England (it is said that fuel for the fire was

provided by a statue of St Derfel […]

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