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Born in 1520 / Died in July 16, 1546 / United Kingdom / English


Anne Askew (née Anne Ayscough, married name Anne Kyme) ) was an English poet and Protestant who was condemned as a heretic. She is the only woman on record known to have been both tortured in the Tower of London and burnt at the stake. She is also one of the earliest female poets to compose in the English language and the first Englishwoman to demand a divorce (especially, as an innocent party on scriptural grounds).