Monday, January 10, 2011

Parliament Executes William Laud

As Once I Was a Clever Boy reminds us, today is the anniversary of William Laud's execution, ordered by Parliament in 1645.

In Supremacy and Survival, I quote the line by Owen Chadwick, that because Laud's execution was ordered even after a trial had not found him guilty of treason, 'they took a step "in the course whereby Englishmen would for years associate the puritan programme with injustice and illegality."'

William Laud is commemorated on the Calendar of the Church of England and I remember seeing his name on the plaque honoring Reformation martyrs in the University Church of St. Mary's the Virgin in Oxford.


  1. High Church types interested in the Ordinariate have always honored Laud and his King as martyrs. How will the O. accomodate them? Byzantine Catholics brought saints (from after the great schism) with them.
    No one seems to know how this will go, and I've seen no discussion in the blogosphere. Accomodation could get very complicated / Laud and Stuart both have lots of anti-Catholic rhetoric in their writings.

  2. I don't know about those accomodations, tubbs, and you certainly are correct that Archbishop Laud was not a friend to Catholicism.