In three bloody years Mary Tudor had 283 protestant English men and women burned at the stake. In this field outside the walls of the city of Canterbury, 41 of them won the martyrs ' crown.

Of corse, Canterbury pilgrims, past and present tend to know nothing about this. With Chaucer's pilgrims they are going to see the shrine of Becket, who died for his allegiance to Rome, murdered in the cathedral. The cathedral is easy to find but you pay to go in. Martys Field is free but hard to find. It is not in any guide book we could find. The inscription can be read here.


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Graham Weeks

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