Monday, December 6, 2010

The Last Abbot of Colchester

On December 1, I commemorated the three Jesuit martyrs under Elizabethan recusancy--John Whitehead remembered one of the three abbots executed by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries: Blessed John Beche.

From Once I was a Clever Boy:

December 1st 1539 saw the third martyrdom of an English Benedictine abbot that autumn, with that of the Abbot of Colchester following those of his brothers of Reading and Glastonbury. . . .Pope Leo XIII beatified Abbot John Beche on 13 May, 1895.

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