Commemorating the Oxfordshire martyrs of the Reformation

posted by Kaihsu Tai on June 24th, 2008

On 19 June, a plaque commemorating the Oxfordshire martyrs of the Reformation, both Catholic and Protestant, was unveiled in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, by the Chancellor of the University, Lord Patten of Barnes. The names were researched by Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch.


That evening was the launch of the Oxford Council of Faiths. I did not attend, because it clashed with the monthly business meeting of the Oxfordshire Green Party.

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  1. On June 24, 2008 at 12:49 Mike said:

    Is there some specific symbolism to the crown and fronds?

  2. On July 3, 2008 at 13:38 Mike said:

    Kaihsu points out (via e-mail) that palms stand for martyrdom: “In Christian art, martyrs were usually shown holding a palm frond, representing the victory of spirit over flesh, and it was widely believed that a picture of a palm on a tomb meant that a martyr was buried there.”

    There is also a crown of martyrdom.