Over the next few years, Henry oversaw many more executions, including that of his fifth wife, Katherine Howard, who was beheaded in 1542. Most of the executions were carried out for religious reasons. In the spring and summer of 1543, Henry issued a prohibition against reading the Bible in English–an activity associated with the spread of Protestant heresy–and a number of Protestants were burned at the stake. Three summers later, a young woman named Anne Askew, was condemned for distributing Protestant literature to the people of London. She was brutally tortured and could hardly stand at her own trial. She was burned at the stake, along with a number of martyrs for the Protestant faith, in June 1546.The human toll of Henry's religious persecutions was felt in England around the same time of his final wars in France and Scotland. The French war, which ended withe the
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