Algerius, Pomponius a martyr, was an Italian by birth, and a mans of great learning. He became a student in the University of Padua, where he ceased not, both by doctrine and example of life, to inform as many as he could in the evangelical doctrine and bring them to Christ. For this he was accused of heresy to pope Paul IV, who had him imprisoned at Venice, and afterwards sent to Rome. Resisting all persuasions and allurements to change his mind, he was burned alive in 1555. While in prison at Venice, he wrote several letters to his friends, indicative of his firm faith. See Fox, Acts and Monuments, 4, 467.