Benden Alice

Benden Alice an English martyr, was brought before the judge in Cranbrook, in the county of Kent, Oct. 15, 1556, and asked why she would not go to church? She answered that she "could not do so with a good and clear conscience, because there was so much idolatry committed against the glory of God." For this simple and truthful answer she was sent to prison, where she lay nine weeks in stocks, with only a little bread and water to nourish her. She was finally relieved of her sufferings by burning, June 19, 1557. See Fox, Acts and Monuments, 8:326.

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