Book of Saints – John Fisher

detail of a line engraving of Saint John Fisher; 1697 by Gerard Valck, based on a work by Adriaen van der Werff; original work in possession of the National Portrait Gallery, London, England; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Blessed) Bishop, Martyr (June 22) (16th century) One of the first and perhaps the most illustrious of the English Martyrs of the sixteenth century. Born in Yorkshire and educated at Cambridge, he was consecrated Bishop of Rochester A.D. 1504. Thirty years later he bravely upheld the cause of Queen Catharine of Aragon against her adulterous husband; and on the unlawful oath of Royal Supremacy being tendered to him steadfastly refused to defile his conscience by taking it. For this he was beheaded in the Tower of London, A.D. 1535, his age, infirmities, merits and the popular veneration in which he was held notwithstanding. He died with the words of the Te Deum on his lips, and was buried in the Tower.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “John Fisher”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 December 2015. Web. 26 January 2022. <>