Forty Martyrs of England and Wales


Following the dispute between the Popeand KingHenry VIIIin the 16th century, faith questions in the British Isles became entangled with political questions, with both often being settled by tortureand murderof loyal Catholics. In 1970, the Vatican selected 40 martyrs, men and women, layand religious, to represent the full group of perhaps 300 known to have diedfor their faithand allegiance to the Churchbetween 1535and 1679. They each have their own day of memorial, but are remembered as a group on 25 October. They are