Oxford Martyrs Memorial recalls a fiery-past

Oxford Martyrs Memorial

OXFORD has long been one of our nation’s greatest cities of learning. And as such, it has always been a hot bed for passionate intellectual and spiritual debate.

So it’s not surprising that Oxford’s theologians and scholars were at the heart of the tumultuous Reformation caused when King Henry VIII split from the Roman Catholic Church and created the Church of England in the 16th Century.

The Oxford Martyrs Memorial in St Giles Street, Oxford, with its imposing spiky tower recalls one of the darkest and bloodiest chapters in British history.

While King Henry VIII had created Anglicanism, his daughter and successor, Queen Mary Tudor steadfastly retained her Roman Catholic beliefs taught to her by her mother, Catherine of Aragon.


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  1. Don’t forget the five Catholics martyred in Oxford, and the 30 or so Catholic martyrs who were former students :)

    Cranmer was hardly an example of maintaining truths, with his two? three? recantations, I can never understand why he is held up as an example in this regard. He seems to have found the courage of his convictions at the last, so some encouragement there for those who have wimped out, but not really in the same class as Margaret Clitheroe, to name only one.

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