History explorer: The Oxford Martyrs

Ceri Law and Jonny Wilkes visit the University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford, where leading Protestants were tried for heresy during Mary I's attempts to restore Catholicism to England

The University Church of St Mary the Virgin Oxford

This article was first published in the October 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine.

The sandy buildings around cobbled Radcliffe Square in the heart of Oxford shine golden in the crisp morning sunshine. Dominating the surrounding colleges are two of the most distinctive features of the city’s skyline: the circular Radcliffe Camera, with its Corinthian columns and stone dome, and University Church.

Want to read more?

Become a BBC History Magazine subscriber today to unlock all premium articles in The Library

Unlock now