Mary I treatment of heretics

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  • Treatment of heretics under Mary I
    • Her policy of burning Protestant heretics earned her the nickname 'Bloody Mary'
    • Fate of Mary's victims recorded in John Foxe's 'Acts and Monuments'/ Book of Martyrs
    • 289 Protestants suffered, included famous people such as Archbishop Cranmer, Bishops Hooper and Ridley
    • 60 burnings in London, other locations were in south-east
    • One level, Crown's strategy seemed to misfire
      • Deaths of popular preachers John Rogers and Rowland Taylor elicited widespread public sympathy
      • Extension of the range of victims to include persons of humble status seems to have strengthened the imapct of their martyrdom
    • Council attempted to ban the young, apprentices and servants from attending burning
  • Extension of the range of victims to include persons of humble status seems to have strengthened the imapct of their martyrdom

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