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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 Excerpt: ...her private chapel, into which she unwillingly introduced the heathenish ceremonies of Rome. There is no reason to believe that she "opened a chapel" for the purpose. 13. The inhuman execution of three women in Guernsey, in July, 1556, has been always adverted to in terms of indignant reprobation, as far exceeding in diabolical cruelty the ordinary manifestations of Romish vengeance against heresy. Foxe's narrative being impugned by the Jesuit Harding, the martyrologist reexamined the whole case, adduced corroborative evidence, and published the legal documents. Notwithstanding this, however, Dr. Lingard has the hardihood to avow his disbelief; and, as usual, seasons his denial with calumny. "I have no doubt," he says, "that the women were hanged as thieves, and afterwards burned as heretics; that no one knew of the pregnancy of one of them, a woman of loose character, and that the child was found dead in the flames after the body of the mother had fallen from the gibbet. The rest we owe to the imagination of the martyrologist, or of his informer, "j Such readers of the doctor's history as are unacquainted with other sources of information, or place implicit confidence in his integrity, will necessarily retain a very unfavourable impression respecting the character of these much-injurea females; and, in fact, of Protestant martyrs generally. But what, after all, is the true statement? That Katherine Kawches, and Guillemine and Perotine, her daughters, having been charged with a trifling felony, were acquitted of the charge, but remanded to prison on an accusation of heresy; that they were examined by Amy, dean of the island, assisted by his curates, pronounced heretics, and delivered to the secular power; that they were sentenc...
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