Friday, March 04, 2016

Priest Holes

A subterranean priest hole at Harvington Hall (Quodvultdeus/CC BY-SA 3.0)
During the Protestant Reformation in 16th-century England it was made High Treason for a Catholic priest to enter the country and anyone found aiding and abetting a priest would be punished severely. ‘Priest hunters’ were tasked to collect information and locate any such priests. If a priest were found, he would face torture and eventual execution. A system of safe houses equipped with hidden “priest holes” kept fugitive clergymen safe from persecution.

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