Colman, Walter

(d. 1645)
   Colman, of noble birth and wealthy parents, entered the Franciscan Order at the English College at Douai in France in 1625. He was imprisoned in London when he refused to take the Oath of Allegiance (denying the authority of the Pope) but was released on intervention of friends. When persecution of the Catholics broke out in 1641 he, with several others, was tried at the Old Bailey and condemned to be hung, drawn and quartered. Although that execution was stayed, he died a lingering death in Newgate prison. He is known for only one poem of great rarity, "La Dance Machabre," or "Deaths Duell." The dedication to Henrietta Maria, consort of King Charles I, is in French. In it he comments that death levels both master and slave; there is no difference in rank.
   Sources: Catholic Encyclopedia (http://www.newadvent.org). Dictionary of National Biography. Electronic Edition, 1.1. Oxford University Press, 1997. The National Portrait Gallery (www.npg.org.uk).

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