Rev John Bland Rev John Frankesh Nicholas Shetterden And Humphrey Middleton





These Christian persons were all burnt at Canterbury for the same cause.

Frankesh and Bland were ministers and preachers of the word of God, the

one being parson of Adesham, and the other vicar of Rolvindon. Mr. Bland

was cited to answer for his opposition to antichristianism, and

underwent several examinations before Dr. Harpsfield, archdeacon of

Canterbury, and finally on the 25th of June, 1555, again withstanding

the power of the pope, he was condemned, and delivered to the secular

arm. On the same day were condemned, John Frankesh, Nicholas Shetterden,

Humphrey Middleton, Thacker, and Cocker, of whom Thacker only recanted.



Being delivered to the secular power, Mr. Bland, with the three former,

were all burnt together at Canterbury, July 12, 1555, at two several

stakes, but in one fire, when they, in the sight of God and his angels,

and before men, like true soldiers of Jesus Christ, gave a constant

testimony to the truth of his holy gospel.





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