The Burning Time: The Story of the Smithfield Martyrs by Virginia Rounding

By Virginia Rounding

Smithfield, settled at the fringes of Roman London, was a spot of revelry. Jesters and crowds flocked for the medieval St Bartholomew's Day celebrations, tournaments have been considerable and it turned the site of London's most renowned meat marketplace. but in Tudor England, Smithfield had one other, extra sinister use: the general public execution of heretics.

Spanning the reigns of British history's so much amazing dynasty, The Burning Time is a bright perception into an period within which what used to be orthodoxy 12 months will be harmful heresy the following. the 1st martyrs have been Catholics, who cleaved to Rome in defiance of Henry VIII's holiday with the papacy. yet with the accession of Henry's daughter Mary - quickly to be nicknamed 'Bloody Mary' - the cost of heresy was once levelled opposed to religious Protestants, who selected to burn instead of recant.

At the centre of Virginia Rounding's bright account of this awesome interval are very diversified characters. the 1st is Richard wealthy, Thomas Cromwell's protégé, who, nearly uniquely, remained ready of significant strength, impact and wealth below 3 Tudor monarchs, and who helped ship many religious women and men to their deaths. the second one is John Deane, Rector of St Bartholomew's, who used to be capable, one way or the other, to navigate the treacherous waters of adjusting dogma and aid others to outlive.

The Burning Time is their tale, however it can also be the tale of the masses of fellows and girls who have been placed to the hearth for his or her religion. it's a gripping perception right into a time whilst humans have been prepared to die, and to kill, within the identify of religion.

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