Canterbury Martyrs

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For the Catholic martyrs of 1588, see Oaten Hill Martyrs.

The Canterbury Martyrs were 16th-century English Protestant martyrs. They were executed around July 1555 for heresy, during the reign of Mary I. Their story is recorded in Foxe's Book of Martyrs.

The martyrs - John Bland (rector of Adesham), John Frankesh (vicar of Rolvindon), Nicholas Sheterden and Humphrey Middleton - were all burnt together in Canterbury, Kent. According to Foxe, they resigned themselves with Christian fortitude, fervently praying that God would receive them into his heavenly kingdom.[1]

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