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Martyrdom of a Lollard

September 9, 2009

William Sawtry, a priest at St Margaret’s King’s Lynn, said: “Instead of adoring the cross on which Christ suffered, I adore Christ who suffered on it.” He preached against images and pilgrimages and rejected transubstantiation. In 1399 he was arrested and then recanted. But he went back on this until rearrest and interrogation in 1401 by Bishop Arundel. He stood firm on Scripture. His vestments and clerical clothes were torn off, hi head shaved to remove the tonsure and a layman’s cap placeed on his head. He was burned at the stake at Smithfield.

Douglas C.Wood, Evangelical Doctor, EP, 1984, pp.125-6