Augustine Webster

(d. 1535)

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(d. 1535),

Carthusian monk and martyr. He became a monk at the Charterhouse of Sheen (the largest in England, founded in 1414), and soon after his profession was appointed prior of Axholme (Lincs.). In February 1535 he was on a visit to the London Charterhouse with his fellow prior, Robert Lawrence of Beauvale to consult the prior of London, John Houghton about the attitude to be taken by the Carthusians with regard to the religious policies of Henry VIII, soon to be imposed on the country and consequently on all the religious, including monks. After the three priors' visit to Cromwell, their fate was exactly the same. Together they suffered martyrdom at Tyburn on 4 May and 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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