Oxford Martyrs

 350px-Latimer_Ridley_Foxe_burning On this day in history two men were burned alive in the centre of Oxford – townspeople required to watch and a sermon was preached as the flames grew higher on the text If I give my body to be burned but have not love then I gain nothing… I Co3 13:3. Now THAT'S what I call multimedia, fresh expressions, what have you. Words fail me..

oh and here was the invoice – at least Parliament knew about being transparent about expenses. Gunpowder was provided by relatives to be hung around their necks – interesting take on euthanasia too.

The following is the 'Bill of Charges' made out for burning Ridley and Latimer.

For three loads of wood fagots to
Burn Ridley and Latimer
Item one load of furze fagots
For the carriage of these four loads
Item, a post
Item, two chains
Item, two staples
Item, four labourers

Total bill


12 shillings 0 pence
  3 shillings 4 pence
  2 shillings 0 pence
  1 shilling 4 pence
  3 shillings 4 pence
  0 shillings 6 pence
  2 shillings 8 pence

25 shillings 2 pence

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