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Religious prisoners:

What makes a martyr?

What makes a martyr?

About this session

Key stage 3 | Subject: History, Religious Education | Topics: Religion, Tudors, Medieval, Crime and punishment | Session Type: Route-based

Over the centuries, the Tower of London has been used to persecute, oppress and control different religious groups, including the incarceration of Jews, Catholics and Protestants.

In this session students will explore real stories of religious oppression, personal resilience and strength in faith. Stories will include the 13th century expulsion of the Jews, the Roman Catholic prisoner and martyr Thomas More and the Protestant Anne Askew.

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • Explore personal stories of religious oppression at the Tower of London.
  • Develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on historic individuals and communities.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:
Religious Education

  • The role of the state in controlling religion.
  • Martyrdom (particular focus on Jews, Roman Catholics and Protestants).


  • The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745.
  • Understanding historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and using them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and frame historically-valid questions.

Booking Information

Monday - Friday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30

60 minutes

Up to 35 students

£100 plus admission

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