Thoughts of Freedom

Photo prompt curtsy of J Hardy Carroll

Photo prompt curtsy of J Hardy Carroll

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,

Michael Humphris.

This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. neilmacdon

    Henry did have a valid point of view too, of course

    1. Michael Humphris

      Perhaps, but burning individuals tied to stakes etc, is beyond the pale. There have been much kinder leaders.

  2. Iain Kelly

    Fortunately those sort of powers don’t get used by our monarch these days!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I certainly hope not. Yet their will be many around the world who feel that their leaders are not a lot different.

  3. 4963andypop

    What an interesting chapter from history.

    I loved the Henry VIII miniseries Wolf Hall with Damian Lewis but was unaware of this uprising. What a nasty trick, to allow the “pilgrimage” or rebellion safe passage, and then use a pretext to arrest them and execute many.

    This passage gives us a taste for how the personal conflict between allegiance to God (including to one’s unfavored religion)and allegiance to ones political leader that can arise, so to speak, when the head of both domains is one and the same. One cannot follow two masters!

    That man (Henry Viii)was definitely a piece of work!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I started out writing fiction, but somehow history intervened. Yet I rarely feel I can trust historic accounts.

  4. bearmkwa

    What a historically sad story. Great write!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you bearmkwa. Human history is far too full of mayhem and violence,

  5. msjadeli

    Extremely well-written, though tragic, chapter in human history.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much for your great comment

      1. msjadeli

        You are welcome, Michael.

  6. Tannille

    Politics at it’s finest. Sometimes all we have is our conviction.
    Thought provoking.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Tannille, human history is full of such episodes,

      1. Tannille

        Sad but true

  7. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    As you know, I enjoy a good bit of historical fiction. Very nicely done.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle. Human history can be a fascinating subject.

  8. granonine

    I always enjoys these historical bits. It is beyond sad to me what mankind has done to itself in the name of religion.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Granonine, Sadly to many individuals use religion for their own nefarious purpose

  9. Dale

    This was excellent, Michael. In every way 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dale for such a great comment, it is appreciated

  10. patriciaruthsusan

    A good story based on history, Michael. You made the reality vivid. How brutal people were. Some still are. —- Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sadly some individuals go to the dark side and create really evil events. I do often wonder why

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