Thursday, December 16, 2010

St. Swithun Wells

Author Stephanie Mann reports on the martyrdom if a Catholic layman under Queen Elizabeth I.
At his trial, he said he wished he could have attended that Mass and that was enough for the Elizabethan authorities! He was hung near his home, and he spoke to Richard Topcliffe before he died, hoping that this persecutor and torturer of Catholics would convert! He said, "I pray God make you a Paul of a Saul, of a bloody persecutor one of the Catholic Church's children." St. Swithun as a school master had for a time conformed to the official church but then had returned to the Catholic faith.

1 comment:

Stephanie A. Mann said...

Thanks for the link! I just finished G.J. Meyer's "The Tudors" and his background chapter on Torture during the Tudor dynasty, never used by the government as cruelly or extensively before the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, offers even more evidence of Topcliffe's heinous activity. And as Meyer notes at pointedly as I did in my book, Elizabeth supported and protected him. He died in his bed, rich and secure!