Clerk, Pierre

Clerk, Pierre, a French martyr, did much good in reforming the Church in Meaux, of which he was afterwards chosen pastor. He began preaching to twenty persons, but his congregation soon grew to three hundred. As soon as the priests of Paris heard of their doings they sent to Meaux, and took them by force to Paris, sixty-two men and women being bound and marched the whole way. They, however, sang psalms continually, to the disgust of their adversaries. Chief among these captives was Pierre Clerk, who with the rest, was racked, and then burned at Meaux in 1546. See Fox, Acts and Monuments, iv, 431.

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