Today In Fact, 15 November

Hugh Farringdon was no revolutionary. He was part of the elite in England in the early 1500’s. He became the mitred Abbot of Reading Abbey and enjoyed the favour of King Henry VIII. He supported Henry’s divorce issues and the notion that the King should have precedence over the Church. Nonetheless upon the dissolution of Reading Abbey, he was arrested and sentenced to death and today in 1538, was hanged, drawn and quartered without trial. Reading Abbey was dissolved and ruined. I got married in the Church of St. James, built in the Abbey’s ruins.

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