Bertrand Le Blas

Bertrand Le Blas a martyr of the Reformation period, was a German by birth, and went to Wesel for the cause of religion, where, on Christmas-day, he took the cake out of the priest's hand, and stamped it under his feet, saying that he did it to show the glory of God. Bertrand was taken before the governor, and asked whether he repented of the act. He answered that if it were a hundred times to be done, he would do it. Then he was twice put to the pin-bank, and tormented most miserably. He had a ball of iron put in his mouth, and his right hand and foot burned between red-hot irons. Then his legs and arms were bound behind him with chains, and he was let flat down on a bed of red-hot coals. This occurred in 1555. See Fox, Acts and Monuments, 4:393.

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