M Clement Hall


In the early years of the reign of King Henry VIII, Richard Hunne, a financially secure Merchant Taylor in the City of London, refused to pay the fee demanded by the priest when he conducted the burial service of Hunne’s infant son. The priest demanded the christening gown, and Hunne would not give it to him. From this squabble, charges of heresy were made against Hunne who retaliated with charges of slander and raised the fundamental question of who was in charge of England? The Pope in Rome? Or the King in Westminster? Richard Hunne did not cause the separation of the Church of England from the Church of Rome, but his murder was closely connected with the issue that rocked England.