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John Rogers - His Story

This image depicts a page from the 9th edition of Fox’s Book of Martyrs

Influenced by William Tyndale, John Rogers was a Catholic priest who became a Protestant.  He had previously served as Tyndale's editor (for the English-language Bible) and was charged with heresy.  Found guilty, Rogers was burned alive at Smithfield on the 4th of February, 1555. 

Rogers is known as the “first Protestant martyr” who was executed by Queen Mary (the daughter of King Henry VIII).  William Tyndale had been executed years before - in Belgium - on the 6th of September, 1536 (while Henry VIII was King of Britain).

This image is from the Book of Martyrs owned by the Library of Congress.


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Image, described above, online courtesy Library of Congress.

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