TWO KINDS OF EXECUTION

Bishop John Fisher, born in Beverley, Yorkshire in October, 1469, was Margaret Beaufort’s confessor, a similarly dour man who liked to stick a skull on the altar at mass to remind you of mortality. He noted, marvelling, Margaret’s habit of weeping and wailing in emotional distress behind closed doors, as well as in public–such as at her grandson’s Coronation. Apparently, those tears were not tears of joy…

After Margaret’s death, which came very shortly after Henry VIII became king, John Fisher gave an eulogy for the late Margaret and proceeded to execute her will.

Little did he know that in the future, Henry, whom he had tutored as a boy, would execute HIM.

Fisher was an aged man when sent to the Tower for treason; whilst there, he complained of a lack of food and of cold and illness. The Pope tried to save his life, by making him a cardinal, but Henry did not care a jot for that –he said if the cardinal’s hat was sent to England, Fisher would have no head to put in it.

Originally, he was to have been hanged, drawn and quartered but this was commuted to beheading. After his death his body remained lying where it had fallen, until the head was removed to be spiked on London Bridge…

FISHER

3 comments

  1. Hoodedman1, considering this poor cleric was MB’s confessor it is a marvel to me (to use one of Richard’s persistent adjectives) that it wasn’t Fisher who was so often found weeping and wailing in emotional distress at what he had to hear from our goodly and devout Lady!

    If MB’s faith included Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, well, it would have taken her a month, at the least, to cover what she had wrought in her miserable life!

    My disrespect aside, I believe Cardinal Fisher preceded Thomas More by a couple of weeks, as he was executed on 6 July (52 years after Richard’s own coronation). Fisher’s hideous treatment due to H8’s malice has a few similarities with Richard’s own abuse after death – Fisher’s body too was stripped naked, left on view until stuck on pikes and then thrown naked into a rough grave in the Churchyard known as All Hallows Barking, which Richard was particularly involved with during his short reign.

    If it wasn’t for the BBC and a curious breed of historian would anyone think the Tudors were golden saviours of the English?

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    1. Oh Viscountessw, I do envy your sharp and pithy comments! No swinging battle axe for you, just a sure jab from the stiletto! Or bollock dagger if you prefer …

      (We just concluded our R3 Society Annual meeting over here for the US branch, sigh, via zoom, due to covid, and our password to get in was, “DownWithH7” … I just love us, unlike the Tudor gang I say we have a fine sense of humor! Bollocks dagger made me think of that password, hmmm)

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