St John Almond and the Society of his Time
Perhaps one of the lesser-known Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, Saint John Almond lived in precarious times, when your religion was not just a matter of choice, but a matter of life and death. This was the time of the Spanish Armada, the Gunpowder Plot, the Golden Age of Elizabeth I – a world where Shakespeare’s words filled the theatres and many traitors swung at Tyburn.
This broad historical study explores the key events of John Almond’s life and looks at them in an historical context alongside key events of the 16th and early 17th centuries. As well as providing a sound bases for any study of these times, this study contains a thorough examination of the events leading up to John Almond’s martyrdom – his imprisonment in Newgate, judgement in front of a biased bench and final public execution at Tyburn – and offers a starting point for anyone interested in this era or the saints that lived through it.
Revd Kenneth A Almond