Nicholas Ridley was one of the three Oxford martyrs. Along with Hugh Latimer and Thomas Cranmer, Ridley was tried and convicted of heresy under Queen Mary I. In 1555, outside Balliol College, Oxford, Ridley and Latimer were burned at the stake. The Works of Nicholas Ridley contains a collection of Ridley’s letters, treatises, and miscellaneous notes. Not only do these documents illustrate the views of someone at the forefront of the Protestant Reformation in England; they offer a window into the mind of a man who was willing to die for his beliefs.
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- Biographical introduction
- In-depth index
- Appendix with correspondence from others to Ridley
- Title: The Works of Nicholas Ridley
- Author: Nicholas Ridley
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 1843
- Pages: 543
About Nicholas Ridley
Nicholas Ridley (1500–1555) was born in Tynedale, Northumberland. He attended Royal Grammar School in Newcastle and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He earned an MA from Cambridge in 1525 and was ordained. He studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, returning to England in 1529. In 1534, he became the senior proctor at Cambridge University. He earned a bachelor of divinity from Cambridge in 1537 and became a chaplain to Thomas Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury. In 1540, he became a chaplain to the king and received a prebend in Canterbury Cathedral. During this time, Ridley had increasingly come under the influence of the teachings of the Reformation. In 1543, he beat a heresy charge, and in 1547, due to his relationship with the reforming Cranmer, he was made bishop of Rochester. He assisted Cranmer in the development of the Book of Common Prayer. In 1550, he was transferred from the see of Rochester to the see of London. In 1553, Ridley was arrested for supporting Lady Jane Grey for queen over Mary. He was eventually charged with heresy and burned at the stake in 1555.