John Gerard

Jesuit missionary, born New Bryn, England, 1564; died Rome, Italy, 1637. Having studied at Douai, France, he entered the Society of Jesus at Rome, and was sent almost immediately to England, where he exercised a marvelous influence. He was betrayed and captured in 1594. Flung into the Tower of London, he was brutally tortured, but remained unconquerable. After two years he escaped and continued his heroic work till 1605, when he was forced to retire to the Continent. He has left an account of the Gunpowder Plot and a valuable autobiography.

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