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.
Please log in
to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List
), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account
with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions
We have have no profile for this entry. If you are a qualified scholar and you wish to write for The Literary Encyclopedia, please click here to contact us.
Editors. "Richard Hunne dies in the Tower of London". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2010
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=14215, accessed 20 October 2017.]