Nicholas Ridley Martyr Facts, Life, Timeline - Prisoner of the Tower of London
Ridley was born the second son of Christopher Ridley of Unthank Hall near Willemoteswick Northumberland.
In 1518, Ridley attended Pembroke Hall in Cambridge. He graduated MA in 1526. Then he studied the Sorbonne in Paris and at Louvain. He was appointed later Junior Treasurer of Pembroke Hall Cambridge.
Ridley signed papers that designated Lady Jane Grey as Queen after the death of Edward VI. Then, he preached a sermon on July 9th, 1553 at St Paul's Cross which proclaimed both Mary and Elizabeth illegitimate and that their succession to the English throne would be disastrous to the Church of England.
When it was obvious that Lady Jane Grey was not to be queen, Ridley went to Framingham to beg Mary I for a pardon. Instead, he was arrested and sent to the Tower of London.
In 1554, together with Thomas Cranmer and Hugh Latimer, he was sent to Oxford for examination. He was excommunicated and declared a heretic.
He refused to recant in October 1555. He was then tried for heresy and burned at the stake with Hugh Latimer at Oxford October 16, 1555.