Fahrenheit 451

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The quotation , “Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out” was used by Ray Bradbury. This quote was to his friend Nicholas Ridley as they were both about to be burned as heretics for their teachings and beliefs outside Balliol college, Oxford in the year 1555, October 16th. Also, the two protestants sought to deepen the protestants religion in England against the will of Queen Mary, a staunch catholic. It was also to evoke great sympathy because their sufferings were very intense and the courage they displayed was very great. When Henry VIII of England died, he left three heirs: his son Edward and his two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. Edward succeeded to the throne and was raised as a champion of the Protestant cause. Under his rule, the church services, previously in Latin, were translated into English, and other changes were made. When Edward died, at age 16, the throne passed to his sister Mary, whose mother had been divorced by Henry VIII. She was firmly Roman Catholic in her beliefs and burned with anger at those who had led the Reformation. She was determined to return England to the Roman Catholic Church. Her mother had been Spanish, and she was determined to marry the heir to the throne of Spain, not realizing how much her people feared that this would make England a province of the Spanish Empire. She insisted that the best way to deal with heresy was to burn as many heretics as possible. In the course of a five-year reign, she lost all the English holdings on the continent of Europe, she lost the affection of her people, and she lost any chance of a peaceful religious settlement in...