A ray of sunlight flickers across my bench, how I wish that I might reach up and escape through the skylight. Instead I am incarcerated in this hovel of a prison. Who am I ?
I was once the Right Reverend John Paslew, now I am prisoner number 57492. Why was I defrocked ? Well I was accused of disrespect by an ungodly king. I am accused of turpitude, called vile, accused of concocting lies to desecrate. I am notorious for daring to speak out and joining the Pilgrimage of Grace. My abbey will be taken by the king!
Abbot John Paslew was executed in the year 1537, he was the last abbot of a Cistercian Abbey at Whalley in Lancashire.
The Pilgrimage of Grace led to the gruesome executions of many nobles, abbots, monks and lay people,