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.
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.