|Significance||Bilney was an early English reformer who influenced many English reformers such as Robert Barnes, Hugh Latimer, and Matthew Parker. His transformation from Catholic priest to Reformer began when he read Erasmus' translation of the New Testament. He began to speak out against relics, the veneration of saints, and pilgrimages. He was summoned before Cardinal Wolsey twice. The second time, he was held in the Tower of London for over a year before recanting.
Grief stricken by his recantation, he began preaching two years after his release. He was captured again and tried as a heretic and was burned at the stake in 1531.
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