Raised as an Anglican, he converted to Catholicism and was received into the Church at the English College in Rheims, France in 1587. Ordained in 1588. Returned to England to minister to covert Catholics. Arrested in 1590 in a grocer‘s in Fleet Street in London, England by a priest-catcher who pretended to be a Catholic in need of a priest. Imprisoned and tortured in the Tower of London, he admitted to being a priest. At his trial for the crime of priesthood, he argued that his confession was obtained by torture and thus not legally sufficient to condemn him. The court complimented him on his arguments and his court-room demeanor, then condemned to death and had him immediately executed. Martyr.
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