It's heartbreaking to think that such a beautiful day in the midst of April and springtime would be marred by such violence. In addition to being the dies natalis of seven martyrs, beatified by the Catholic Church, today is also the anniversary of the beginning of Henry VIII's judicial revenge on any and all who opposed his Succession and Supremacy, with the executions of Elizabeth Barton and her confessors and spiritual advisers.
For more information about the Nun of Kent and companions, executed in 1534, click here.
For details about Blesseds James Bell and John Finch, martyred in 1584, click here.
For the stories of Blesseds Richard Sergeant and William Thomson, martyred two years later in 1586, click here.
And finally, for information on Blesseds Thomas Tichhorne, Robert Watkinson, and Francis Page, hung, drawn, and quartered in 1602, click here.
Blessed Martyrs of England and Wales, pray for us!