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June 18 - Protestant martyr Anne Askew is found guilty of heresy

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Published on Jun 17, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 18th June 1546, twenty-five-year-old Anne Askew was found guilty of heresy at London’s Guildhall along with Nicholas Shaxton (former Bishop of Salisbury), Nicholas White and John Hadlam.

Anne Askew has gone down in history as a Protestant martyr, after having been burned at the stake in July 1546, but also as a woman who was illegally put to the rack at the Tower of London by two of Henry VIII's trusted men.

In today's video, Claire Ridgway, author of several Tudor history books, uses contemporary sources and Anne Askew's own accounts, to piece together what happened that June and July, and what led to Anne Askew's execution.

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