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John Lambert burns at the stake

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  • While executioners prod him from either side, Lambert ("None but Christ, none but Christ") burns at the stake. A richly dressed man supervises the execution from horseback, and alarmed observers and others stand by. Lambert perishes following his conviction on charges that he denied the real presence of Christ in the eucharist. King Henry VIII himself presided over Lambert's trial, which produced embarrassment among Protestants who wanted to claim King Henry as a champion for the Protestant faith. This woodcut appears in the first through fourth editions (1563, 1570, 1576, and 1583). Luborsky and Ingram 11222/19, 11223/50. JPEG file (1.02 MB).
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