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Sr Elizabeth Barton

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Sr Elizabeth Barton

  • Birth 1506 Aldington, Ashford Borough, Kent, England
  • Death 20 Apr 1534 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Burial London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Memorial ID 22821656

English Visionary, known as The Nun of Kent, whose prophecies led to her execution under Henry VIII. In 1525, nineteen years old, she had an illness during which she fell into frequent trances and was capable of saying "wondrously things done in other places." Her parish priest, Richard Masters, convinced of her sincerity, reported the matter to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Shortly after the commission pronounced in her favour, her prediction that the Blessed Virgin would cure her at a certain chapel was fulfilled, when in presence of a large crowd she was restored to health. She then became a Benedictine nun, living near Canterbury, with a great reputation for holiness. Her fame gradually spread until she came into wide public notice. She protested against Henry VIII's divorce and his marriage to Anne Boleyn. Arrested in 1533, she was brought to London, tried and hanged.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 22821656
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sr Elizabeth Barton (1506–20 Apr 1534), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22821656, citing Grey Friars London, London, City of London, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .