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Jonathan Martin

Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about Jonathan Martin. This is a new topic for me; one I have never heard about before today.

Jonathan Martin was a religious extremist who lived in the 1800s and died on this day in history. He is famous for attempting to burn down the York Minster Cathedral in England in 1829. However, you may be asking, why did Jonathan Martin do this dreadful deed?

The truth is, it was not because of the cathedral itself, but the clergy running it and their evil ways. He believed that all prayer should come from the heart, not from formal liturgies to be recited.

Prior to the arson experiment, he had attacked the Church of England multiple times, calling them “vipers from hell.” He had also been locked up in the insane asylum for threatening to shoot the bishop of Oxford in 1817, but he escaped twice.

Tracking him down did not take much work, as he had previously written several letters to the Church of England telling them to stop being hypocritical. They even had his name and address on the letters!

The public was very enraged at him and wanted him hanged, but the judge decided that the arsonist clearly had an unsound mind.

Well, that’s all for today, Sparkles. I hope you were as interested in this bit of history as I was. Be sure to register for Setting the Stage Summer Camp! It’s going to be awesome! Thanks for reading, and Sparkles away!

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