The execution of Lady Jane Grey

February 12, 1554 London, England Lady Jane Grey is executed for treason As King Edward VI lay dying at the age of 15, he nominated his first cousin, Lady Jane Grey, as his successor. However, the Third Succession Act would require his half sisters, Mary I or Elizabeth I, take the Crown instead. Jane was…

Bishop burned at the stake

February 9, 1555 Gloucester, England Bishop of Gloucester John Hooper is burned at the stake for heresy during Queen Mary I's rule Mary, a Catholic, persecuted and executed so many Protestants she earned the nickname "Bloody Mary" after her death.

Mary Queen of Scots’ execution

February 8, 1587 Northamptonshire, England Mary Queen of Scots is beheaded for treason Mary had been suspected to be a part of a murder plot against Queen Elizabeth, taken to trial, and convicted of conspiracy and treason. She went to her death firmly believing she was being martyred (she wore a bright red gown, a…

Washing his hands in flames

February 4, 1555 London, England John Rogers becomes the first of many martyrs under Mary I Rogers had been a Catholic priest, but he disagreed certain views within the Church, so he left England to Holland. Once in Holland, he met a Protestant reformer and converted to Protestant views. During this time he also met…

The death of Henry VIII

January 28, 1547 London, England King Henry VIII dies During life, Henry overindulge in as many vices as humanly possible. Shortly after his marriage to Catherine of Aragon was annulled so Henry could legally satiate his lust for Anne Boleyn, a preacher named William Peto held an Easter mass, deciding to focus his sermon on…