Fires of Smithfield

Fires of Smithfield

Marian martyrs burnt at stake as heretics. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1013]
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Even more tactlessly, Jones put two life-size statues of the Stuart monarchs--James I and Charles I--on top of that entrance, thus linking the crown with Catholicism and the loathsome fires of Smithfield. Add to that the challenge of Queen Henrietta Maria's personal and outwardly austere show of the all' antica style in the Queen's Chapel at St James' Palace (Fig.
After 1689 it appeared to have been consigned to history, but the popular anti-Catholicism of the eighteenth century kept alive a demand for Foxe-derived pamphlets, with their lurid presentations of the fires of Smithfield.