|Death: ||Apr. 30, 1532|
Greater London, England
James Bainham (died 1532) was an English lawyer and Protestant reformer, burned as a heretic in 1532.
He was a son of Sir Alexander Bainham, who was sheriff of Gloucestershire in 1497, 1501, and 1516; he was a nephew of William Tracy. He was a member of the Middle Temple.
He married the widow of Simon Fish, author of the Supplication of Beggars. In 1531 he was accused of heresy to Sir Thomas More, then Chancellor.More imprisoned and whipped him in his house at Chelsea, and then sent him to the Tower of London to be racked.
On 15 December he was examined before John Stokesley, Bishop of London, concerning his belief in purgatory, confession, extreme unction, and other points. His answers were couched in words of Scripture,but were not approved of. The following day, being threatened with sentence, he was again committed to prison. In the following February he was brought before the chancellor to be examined as to his fitness for readmission to the church, and after considerable hesitation abjured all his errors, and, having paid a fine and performed penance was released.
Within a month he repented, and openly withdrew his recantation. He was brought before the bishop's vicar-general on 19 and 20 April. One of the articles alleged against him was that he asserted Thomas Becket to be a thief and murderer. He was sentenced as a relapsed heretic and burned in Smithfield on 30 April 1532.
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Burned at the Stake
Created by: Joan Donnelly
Record added: Dec 28, 2013
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