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(d. 1535)


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(d. 1535),

Carthusian monk and martyr. He became a monk of the London Charterhouse and some years after his profession became prior of Beauvale (Notts.). In February 1535 he visited the London Charterhouse with his fellow prior, Augustine Webster of Axholme, to consult the prior of London, John Houghton, about the Carthusian attitude to the religious policies of King Henry VIII, soon to be imposed on the whole country and consequently on all the religious, including monks. After the three priors' visit to Thomas Cromwell, their fate was exactly the same; together they suffered martyrdom at Tyburn on 4 May: all three are among the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales canonized by Paul VI in 1970. Feast: 25 October.

For further information and bibliography see Houghton, John.

Subjects: Christianity.


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