Forty Martyrs of England and Wales

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Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
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Died1535–1679,England and Wales
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Canonized25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI
Feast25 October

The Forty Martyrs of England and Wales are a group of men and women who were executed for treason and related offences in the Kingdom of England between 1535 and 1679. Many were convicted under show trials or even no trials. All were subjected to the religiously oppressive regimes of the Tudor and Stuart periods as part of the Protestant purge that lasted for several hundred years. They are considered by the Catholic Church to be Christian martyrs and were canonized on 25 October 1970 by Pope Paul VI.

The Forty Martyrs, individually named[edit]

Liturgical Feast Day[edit]

In England, these martyrs were formerly commemorated by a feast day on 25 October, but they are now celebrated together with Beatified martyrs of England and Wales on 4 May.[1]

In Wales, 25 October is kept as the feast of the 'Six Welsh Martyrs and their companions'. The Welsh Martyrs are the priests Philip Evans and John Lloyd, John Jones, David Lewis, John Roberts, and the teacher Richard Gwyn.[2] The 'companions' are the 34 English Martyrs listed above. Wales continues to keep 4 May as a separate feast for the Beatified martyrs of England and Wales.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Calendar for England, Liturgy Office for England and Wales, accessed 31 July 2011
  2. ^ National Calendar for Wales, Liturgy Office for England and Wales, accessed 31 July 2011
  3. ^ Ordo for Wales, Diocese of Menevia, accessed 11 August 2011

External links[edit]

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