Richard Hunne, a merchant tailor, dies in the Tower of London.
Three years before, he had refused to pay the church the standard
mortuary fee upon the death of his baby. In the ensuing legal
battles, he justified his defiance with the argument that since the
church court derived its authority from the papal legate, it was a
foreign institution and therefore could have no authority over the
King's subjects: an argument that was to be re-appropriated by
Henry VIII in the dispute over his divorce. He was then accused of
Lollardy, and died in 'Lollard's Tower'. Subsequent enquiries into
his death provoked widespread anti-clericalism in London.
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Editors. "Richard Hunne dies in the Tower of London". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2010
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