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Tudor Minute, February 6

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for February 6.

Today in 1557 we go back to the Marian martyrs as the remains of two reformers – Martin Bucer and Paul Fagius – were exhumed and burned after having been posthumously found guilty of heresy. Can you get over that? Their remains were burned, along with their books, in Cambridge. Then the graveyards where they had been buried before had to be reconsecrated to fully flush out the evil of their remains having been there, a sermon was preached against them, and there was a parade of the Blessed Sacrament through the streets.

Cambridge, which had been a hotbed of Reformation politics, needed to be cleansed.

That’s your Tudor Minute for today. Remember you can dive deeper into life in 16th century England through the Renaissance English History Podcast at englandcast.com.