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Thomas Benet: A Biographical Sketch

Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 7 (1875), pp. 75-78 (1899), pp. 170-179.

by

Paul Q. Karkeek

Prepared by Michael Steer

The paper was read at the Association's June 1875 Torrington meeting. THOMAS BENET's story is told in Foxe's Actes and Monuments, popularly known as "The Book of Martyrs". Benet was born in Cambridge and took an MA at Cambridge University. In 1524, he moved to Torrington with his wife and family so that he could exercise his religious conscience more freely in a county where no one knew him. It seems he may also have changed his name from Dusgate to Benet at that time. He then rented a house in Butcher Row, Exeter, where he took in pupils. Known as "Exeter's Luther" he was arrested, but despite physical and psychological pressure, he never recanted. He was burned alive at the stake in Livery Dole, Heavitree, probably in early January 1532, aged about 50. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the New York Public Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.


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Barnehouse, John 78
Bascavild 77
Basset, Gregory BD 77-8
Benet, Thomas throughout
Bilney, Thomas 75
Boleyn, Anne 78
Carew, Thomas 78
Casely, Dr 77
Crispin, Dr 77
David 77
Denis, Sir Thomas Knt 78
Harman (alias Veysey) 77
Henry VIII 76, 78
Hoker, John 76, 78
More, Sir Thomas 76, 78
Moseman, Dr 77
Stroud, Mr William 76
Veysey, Bishop John 77