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        Thomas Tomkins has his hand burned by Bishop Bonner before being burned at the stake, from 'Acts and Monuments' by John Foxe, c.1556

        English School, (16th century). Medium: woodcut. Date: 16th Century. Edmund Bonner (c.1500-69) Bishop of London, known as 'Bloody Bonner' for his role in the persecution of heretics during the Catholic restoration under Mary I; Thomas Tomkins (d.1555) was a Protestant martyr executed as an heretic; Bonner burned Tomkins' hand as a test, assuming the threat of death would make him renounce his faith; John Foxe (1516-87); Provenance: Private Collection.


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