Bishops and labourers, the blind and lame, men and women, elderly and teenagers—none was spared the cruel vengeance of Mary Tudor in her attempt to rid her realm of all who followed the Protestant faith. Across England and into Wales are memorials to some of the more than two hundred and eighty martyrs during Mary’s brief reign. Their agony in the often slow-burning fires is a heart-rending testimony of firm faith and strong conviction. Here is the story of a few of those ‘whose weakness was turned to strength who were tortured and refused to be released’ and of whom ‘the world was not worthy’. Like each of the books in this unique series, ‘Travel with The Martyrs of Mary Tudor’ is both a carefully researched history and a valuable travel guide. With over 150 colour photographs, drawings and maps, it will guide the traveller to many of the key locations associated with the life and ministry of these great saints. A detailed time line and recommended further reading adds to the value of the book, and makes it equally useful for the ‘armchair traveller’.
Dr Andrew Atherstone was educated at Christ’s College, Cambridge and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He is an Anglican minister and has worked for churches in Islington, Reading and Oxfordshire. His main research interest is the history of Anglican Evangelicalism.
This is the forgotten heritage of Protestant England. Read it and weep at the suffering and courage of ordinary people as well as the famous martyrs of Bloody Mary. Nearly 300 died in less than four years. They were the queen’s loyal subjects who refused to be subject to her false teaching from the bishop of Rome. They died for their faith. They denied the sacrifice of the mass. They did not seek martyrdom though some who could have fled into exile refused to leave their people. Some died quickly in the flames. Others endured prolonged agony. Their brave suffering left a heritage of Protestant zeal which at times was not according to grace but it helped make England Protestant. These martyrs were a million miles from those today who commit suicide and claim martyrdom. Their testimony lives on in this fine guide. Read it and visit their forgotten memorials. This is our Christain heritage. Amazon – 5/5 star – 14/06/2008 – G J Weeks, London