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Anne Askew's fame as a Prostestant martyr was in origin dependent on her own testimony. Her accounts of her legal trials in 1545 and 1546, with torture—part debate, part autobiography, part reporting—are unique texts. Her two extant poems also deserve to be better known.
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1520-1 AA was born in Lincolnshire, perhaps the fifth of six siblings, though the number is uncertain. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
15 July 1546 AA is said to have composed and sung the ballad which is her best-known work, in Newgate Prison the night before her execution. Bibliographic Citation link.
16 July 1546 AA was burned alive at Smithfield, just outside London Wall. Bibliographic Citation link.
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