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Martyrs of Henry VIII

Repression, Defiance, Sacrifice

John Matusiak

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HISTORY PRESS
01 February 2020
History; British & Irish history; Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700
When Henry VIII passed through Canterbury in 1532, a young woman in her mid-twenties named Elizabeth Barton, widely revered as a visionary and prophetess, burst into his presence and warned him that he was 'so abominable in the sight of God that he was not worthy to tread on hallowed ground'. Two years later, the self-same 'Holy Maid of Kent' would suffer a grisly fate at Tyburn and trigger a wave of bloody repression that consumed not only Sir Thomas More, but two other less widely known individuals, whose exceptional sacrifices were, arguably, even more compelling. One was a combative cleric as renowned for his integrity as his intellect, prepared to sacrifice both life and country in defence of Queen Catherine of Aragon and the old religion; the other a courtier-turned-ascetic, plucked from the shelter of the cloister by a religious and political revolution, in which he had little stake beyond the dictates of his own conscience. For these three unique individuals of widely contrasting backgrounds, temperaments and motives, drawn together at a critical watershed in English history by a common cause and destiny, the path to Tyburn was a long and painful one, paved with fear, hardships, vilification and intrigue. AUTHOR: John Matusiak was a teacher for more than thirty years. For over a third of that time, he was Head of the History Department at Colchester Royal Grammar School, founded by Henry VIII in 1539. He is the author of Henry VIII (THP, 2012), Wolsey (THP, 2013) and the forthcoming Europe in Flames (THP, 2018). 20 colour illustrations
By:   John Matusiak
Imprint:   HISTORY PRESS
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780750987950
ISBN 10:   0750987952
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 February 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

JOHN MATUSIAK was a teacher for more than thirty years. For over a third of that time, he was Head of the History Department at Colchester Royal Grammar School, founded by Henry VIII in 1539. He is the author of Henry VIII (THP, 2012), Wolsey (THP, 2013) and the forthcoming Europe in Flames (THP, 2018).

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