A convert to the faith, he entered the seminary at Rheims and returned as a priest to his native Somerset in 1578.
When he stood trial in Westminster Hall he took with him a crude crucifix he had made from scraps of wood with a charcoal drawing representing Christ. When Protestant ministers demanded that he throw the cross away he responded: "Never will I do so for I am a soldier of the cross, nor will I henceforth desert this standard unto death".
Finally they wrestled it from his grasp and he then uttered the immortal words: "You may tear the cross from my hands but you cannot tear it from my heart"
He mounted the scaffold with great joy and a beaming smile on his face in the company of St Edmund Campion.
As the words of the Miserere were spoken by him the cart was drawn away.......