Sunday, 20 September 2015

20th September - John Houghton

Born – 1487, Essex, England
Died – 1535, hanged, drawn, and quartered. His body was chopped to pieces and put on display around London as an example to others

John graduated from Cambridge with degrees in civil and canon law. He was ordained in 1501 and served as a parish priest for four years. John was the first person to oppose King Henry VIII‘s Act of Supremacy. He was imprisoned and initially signed the oath, sensing he could be loyal to Church and Crown. John was released but a few days later troops arrived and forced the monks to sign the modified oath. Following three days of prayer, John asked for exemption for themselves and their monks. The group was arrested and thrown in the Tower. True to his Carthusian vow of silence, John would not defend himself in court and refused to sign. The jury could find no malice to the king, but when threatened with prosecution themselves, they found John and his co-defendants guilty of treason. John became the first person martyred under the Tudor persecutions.