- Museum number
Silver medal. (whole)
Bust of Bishop Hugh Latimer, right, in cap and fur habit. (obverse)
- Production date
- 1720 (circa)
Diameter: 22.500 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 1, published in 1885, states:
One of Dassier's series of the Protestant Reformers.
Hugh Latimer was born at Thurcaston in Leicestershire about 1490, and educated at Cambridge, where he was elected a fellow of Clare Hall in 1510. He was a zealous and powerful preacher, contributing much by his eloquence to the Reformation in England. In August, 1535, he was elected Bishop of Worcester, but compelled to resign 1 July, 1539. He was committed to the Tower 13 Sept. 1553, where he remained in confinement till removed to Oxford in 1554, with his fellow-sufferers, Cranmer and Ridley; with the latter of whom he was burnt at the stake 16 Oct. 1555.
The statement as to the great age of Latimer at the time of his martyrdom, upwards of 80, as mentioned on the medal, is now considered erroneous: there is good reason to believe that he was born in 1490 or 1491. (See Memoir prefixed to his Sermons, Camb. 1844.)
See Pinkerton, J., ‘The Medallic History of England to the Revolution’, London, 1790 (fol.), vi. 9; Gaetani, Pier Antonio, Count., ‘Museum Mazzuchellianum seu Numismata Virorum doctrina præstantium, &c.’ I. Pl. lxiv. 2; Van Mieris, Frans, ‘Histori der Nederlandsche Vorsten’, &c., Gravenhaage, 1732-1735, III. 380.
The British Museum also hold a bronze example of this medal, with the same registration no.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB1 (Medallic Illustrations 1) (76) (28)