Catholic Encyclopedia – Venerable Edward Jones

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Priest and martyr, born in the Diocese of Saint Asaph, Wales, date unknown; died in London, 6 May 1590. Bred an Anglican, he was received into the Church at the English College, Reims, 1587; he was ordained priest in 1588, and went to England in the same year. In 1590 he was arrested by a priest-catcher, who pretended to be a Catholic, in a shop in Fleet Street. He was imprisoned in the Tower and brutally tortured by Topcliffe, finally admitting he was a priest and had been an Anglican. These admissions were used against him at his trial, but he made a skillful and learned defense, pleading that a confession elicited under torture was not legally sufficient to ensure a conviction. The court complimented him on his courageous bearing, but of course he was convicted of high treason as a priest coming into England. On the same day he was hanged, drawn, and quartered, opposite the grocer’s shop where he had been captured, in Fleet Street near the Conduit.

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  • C F Wemyss Brown. “Venerable Edward Jones”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. Saints.SQPN.com. 5 May 2012. Web. 26 December 2014. <http://saints.sqpn.com/catholic-encyclopedia-venerable-edward-jones/>