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whose unmerited sufferings excite our pity and indignation, the
fate of Anne .ikar Askew deserves to be particularly remembered.
This lady was a woman of merit as well as beauty, and connected
with many of the principal ladies at court. It is said that she
kept up a correspondence with the queen herself, who secretly
favoured the Reformation; and this correspondence only served to
hasten this poor woman's ruin, the chancellor being known to be her
enemy. However this be, she happened to differ from the established
code of belief, particularly in the article of the real presence;
and, notwithstanding the weakness of her sex and age, she was
thrown into prison, and accused of heresy. In this situation, with
courage far beyond what might be expected, she employed her time in
composing prayers and discourses, and vindicating the truth of her
opinions. The chancellor Wriothesly, who was much attached to the
catholic party, was sent to examine her with regard to her abettors
at court; but she maintained the utmost secrecy, and would accuse
none. In consequence of this contumacy, as it was called, the poor
young lady was put to the torture; but she still continued
resolute, and her silence testified her contempt of their petty
cruelties. The chancellor, therefore, became outrageous, and
ordered the lieutenant of the Tower, who executed this punishment,
to stretch the rack still harder; which he refusing to do, and,
though menaced, still persisting in a refusal, the chancellor,
intoxicated with religious zeal, grasped the cord himself, and drew
it so violently that the woman's body was almost torn asunder. But
her constancy was greater than the barbarity of her persecutors; so
that, finding no other method to subdue her, she was condemned to
be burned alive. She received this s...
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