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Martyrs' Memorial, Oxford: 6 reviews and 8 photos

  The Martyrs' Memorial
by KennetRose

When Lyra gets off the bus, she remarks on things that are changed from her familiar Oxford. She can hardly fail to have noticed this very striking Gothic monument close to the crossroads, but she doesn't remark on it. But it can't have been there in her Oxford!

The memorial commemorates Hugh Latimer, one-time Bishop of Worcester, and Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, who were burned at the stake in St Giles on 16 October 1555 for heresy. Ridley and Latimer were contemporaries of John Calvin and followers of his teachings. But Calvin was Pope in Lyra's universe - so they would hardly have been considered heretical for espousing his views. Now would they?

Whoopsie, Mr Pullman!

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 4, 2003
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