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Sawtre [Sawtrey], William (d. 1401), Lollard martyr  

Charles Kightly

Sawtre [Sawtrey], William (d. 1401), Lollard martyr, was serving as a parish chaplain at St Margaret's, Bishop's Lynn, and Tilney, also in Norfolk, when he was initially tried on 30 April and 1 May 1399 before Bishop Henry Despenser of Norwich, accused of preaching ten heretical opinions. He had declared that he would rather venerate a living monarch, or the bodies of the saints, or a confessed and contrite man, than any crucifix; that priests should preach or teach rather than say canonical services; and that money used for pilgrimages would be better spent on the poor. Most significantly, he also held that real bread remained on the altar after the words of consecration, which according to orthodox doctrine transubstantiated it into the body of ...

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