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Horrible history

Letters | October 2017


SIR: The Charterhouse is several years older than the 400 years attributed to it by Rachel Johnson (August issue). Originally, it was a Carthusian monastery (the clue is in the name). The last monks to live there were starved to death on the orders of serial adulterer and wife-murderer Henry VIII. His earlier public execution of three Carthusians had given rise to such horror and condemnation throughout Europe that he chose the less public deaths by starvation in prison. Their crime? To be true to their conscience. Edward J Stevenson, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire. ...

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