Some folks out there have recently been trying to justify the long list of people executed by Henry VIII because ‘at least they had a trial’ or ‘because it was over religion, and there were always beheadings, pressings, burnings over religion.’
Well, surprisingly, I must agree with them on one thing. Henry sure could be fair and evenhanded.
He dealt out his brand of ‘justice’/punishment to both Catholics and Protestants, peasant and nobles, strangers and relatives, men and women, and young and old alike!
From the Protestant side, the list of victims include twelve clergymen, 3 monks, 2 lawyers, a courtier, several servants, an apprentice, a leatherseller and a tailor, a player and a musician, a painter and a mercer. Poignantly, there is also listed a poor artificer and a poor labourer, a wife, a man called Valentine Freese alongside his wife, a child under 15 called Richard Mekins, and…
View original post 215 more words