Add comment February 27th, 2011 Headsman
On this date in history, Anne Line was hanged for harboring Catholic priests in Elizabethan England.
There’s not too much question of her “guilt.”
I am sentenced to die for harbouring a Catholic priest, and so far I am from repenting for having so done, that I wish, with all my soul, that where I have entertained one, I could have entertained a thousand.
-Anne Line at the scaffold
She’d been disinherited from her Calvinist family for converting to Catholicism, and scratched out a living teaching and embroidering and keeping safe houses for forbidden Catholic clergy.
One of the possible interpretations (.doc) of Shakespeare’s recondite allegorical poem “The Phoenix and the Turtle” is that it’s about Anne (the phoenix) and her husband Roger Line (the turtledove; he predeceased her).
Death is now the phoenix’ nest;
And the turtle’s loyal breast
To eternity doth rest,
Leaving no posterity:–
‘Twas not their infirmity,
It was married chastity.
Truth may seem, but cannot be:
Beauty brag, but ’tis not she;
Truth and beauty buried be.
To this urn let those repair
That are either true or fair;
For these dead birds sigh a prayer.
On this day..
- 1788: Thomas Barrett, the first hanged in Australia - 2017
- 1874: Christopher Rafferty, the first executed for killing a Chicago cop - 2016
- 1786: Joseph Rickards, aspiring milkman - 2015
- 1947: Walter Graham Rowland - 2014
- 1925: Jovan Stanisavljevic Caruga, Slavonian hajduk - 2013
- 1845: Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Dominican Republic heroine - 2012
- 1623: Amboyna Massacre - 2010
- 1916: James Crozier, an Irishman in His Majesty's service - 2009
- 1902: Harry "Breaker" Morant and Peter Handcock, "scapegoats for Empire" - 2008