Monday, July 16, 2012

On July 16

On this day in ...
... 1546, a poet known as Anne Askew was burned at the stake (right) after having been tortured in the Tower of London and condemned for heresy.  A year earlier, Askew, an "outspoken Protestant" in her mid-20s, had been called in for questioning at a time when King Henry VIII was endeavoring "to return the English church to a doctrinally Catholic position." She may have been "denounced to the authorities by her estranged husband." Askew's recounting of her 2 interrogations were smuggled out of England and published on the continent; a sampling is here.
A Women's History Month tribute to Askew, by Washington & Lee English Professor Genelle Gertz (left), is here. (credit for images)

(Prior July 16 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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