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Puritan Palmer from Reading &
Others Burnt Alive!
- Queen Mary I was a Roman Catholic. She changed all the religious
reforms that her father, Henry
VIII, had put in place. She made it
illegal to be a Protestant.
- Jocelyn Palmer was a a teacher at Reading
School. He was also a private tutor to Sir
Francis Knollys' children at Abbey
House. They were all extreme Protestants, called a 'Puritans'.
Palmer became one too.
- The Knollys family fled abroad, but Palmer stayed behind.
- When the people of Reading found out he
was a Puritan, they drove Palmer out of town.
- Palmer escaped, but he had not been paid. So he foolishly returned
to Reading in secret to get his money.
- His enemies found out & he was tracked down & arrested at the Cardinal's Hat
- He was sent to Newbury for trial with two
other men from that town: Thomas Askew & John Gwynne.
- They were condemned to death and were burnt in the Enborne Road.