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Anne Askew
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Birth: 1520
Lincolnshire, England
Death: Jul. 16, 1546
Greater London, England

Protestant Martyr and poetess, famous because she was tortured in an effort to recant her alleged heresy at a time when despite the cruelties of this period in history, torture of women was not permissible under the law. Her persecution took place in the last year of the reign of Henry VIII, who though regarded as the instigator of Protestant rule in England, was actually himself a Catholic to the end. She was also famous in that her end was somewhat more brief than others who suffered death by burning. She had been a confidante of the king's sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr,herself a woman with strong Protestant leanings, and legend has it that it was Catherine, or at least one of her Ladies-in-Waiting acting compassionately on the Queen's behalf, who arranged for the executioner to place a flask of gunpowder around her neck just as he set fire to the faggots.Her story inspired ballads into the seventeenth century and later still, even toy dolls depicting her torture and death were produced.She was the youngest daughter of Sir William Askew, of Kelsey, in Lincolnshire. At the age of 15 her father forced her into marriage to Thomas Kyme,widower of her sister Martha.It was an unhappy marriage though it is known that it produced at least one child, William Askew. (Anne had refused to adopt her husband's surname). She already held strong Protestant beliefs whereas her husband was staunchly Catholic and ultimately she sought a divorce.Her crimes were that she was a preacher-women were not allowed to preach the Gospel at this period in history, and that she opposed the doctrine of transsubstantiation.Her sufferings on the rack at the Tower of London were such that she could no longer walk and was therefore carried to her execution site at Smithfield. There she died along with fellow heretics, John Lascelles, a gentleman of the court and household of king Henry, John Adams, a tailor, and Nicholas Belenian, a minister of Shropshire
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Burnt at the Stake
Created by: geoffrey gillon
Record added: Sep 10, 2011
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Anne Askew
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