Oxford Martyrs Memorial recalls a fiery-past
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.