Shelley, Edward, Bl.
SHELLEY, EDWARD, BL.
Lay martyr; b. ca. 1528–38, Warminghurst, Sussex, England; hanged at Tyburn (London), Aug. 30, 1588. Edward was well born. His father, also named Edward, was a master of the king's household and the settlor in "Shelley's case." The future martyr was living in East Smithfield, London, at the time of his arrest in April 1584 for possessing a book entitled My Lord Leicester's Commonwealth and assisting an illegal priest, Bl. William dean. Thereafter he was imprisoned in the Clink, condemned for his "crimes", and executed. He was beatified by Pius XI on Dec. 15, 1929.
Feast of the English Martyrs: May 4 (England).
See Also: england, scotland, and wales, martyrs of.
Bibliography: r. challoner, Memoirs of Missionary Priests, ed. j. h. pollen (rev. ed. London 1924; repr. Farnborough 1969). j. h. pollen, Acts of English Martyrs (London 1891).
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