15 December 2010

Cum autem tradent vos nolite cogitare quomodo aut quid loquamini dabitur enim vobis in illa hora quid loquamini. Non enim vos estis qui loquimini sed Spiritus Patris vestri qui loquitur in vobis.

Matthew 10:19-20

“In condemning us you condemn all your own ancestors - all the ancient priests, bishops and kings - all that was once the glory of England, the island of saints, and the most devoted child of the See of Peter. For what have we taught, however you may qualify it with the odious name of treason, that they did not uniformly teach? To be condemned with these lights… by their degenerate descendants, is both gladness and glory to us. God lives; posterity will live; their judgement is not so liable to corruption as that of those who are now going to sentence us to death.”

--Saint Edmund Campion, at his sentencing, 1581

On 1st December 1581 Edmund Campion was dragged through the streets of London to be executed at Tyburn by the contemporary method of hanging, drawing and quartering. This involved being stripped of one's clothing, taken to the scaffold and hanged for a short period, but only to cause strangulation and near-death; then being cut down, disembowelled, and normally emasculated. Those still conscious at this point would have seen their entrails burnt or boiled before them, before their heart was removed. The body was then decapitated, signalling an unquestionable death, and quartered (chopped into four pieces). Each dismembered piece of the body was later displayed publicly.

Saint Edmund Campion, pray for us.


StGuyFawkes said...

If you go to the Tower of London, please know that the English version of our park service keeps a list of all who died in the vicinity. They will tell you where to go if you want to visit the actual site of a prisoners endurance. St. Edmunnd Campion's name is enrolled and you may visit exactlty where he was kept. I think Tyburn is just off, or part of the Tower of London.

St. Edmund was not only a martyr but an English patriot who "bragged" in his stump speech of the same name (Campion's Brag) that it was his loyal intent to save his queen from hell as any loyal subject might.

Latinmassgirl said...

I remember reading that he was also put on the rack and brutally tortured. I think that was saved for the favorites. . .What an amazing man.