John Knox's House, Edinburgh

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    The house of John Knoxx.

    by Askla Updated Dec 20, 2012

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    John Knoxx was a protestant reformator in the 16th century. This is the house where he lived. The house was built in 1490 by the goldsmith of Mary Queen of Scots. Nowadays you will find the Scottish Storytelling Centre in the house.

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    John Knox House

    by margaretvn Updated Mar 23, 2008

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    As you walk along the Royal Mile you see the jutting front of John Knox's House.
    The house is an original 15th century house which has been largely unchanged since the 1550's when the Mosman family, remodelled the house. It is the oldest tenement in Edinburgh. The Mosman’s were goldsmiths to Mary Queen of Scots,
    John Knox was the leader of the Scottish Reformation and founder of the Presbyterian Church. John Knox is believed to have lived in the house from 15461 to 1572. Inside there are some really lovely painted timber ceilings and an exhibition of the life and work of the man. He died here in 1572. The house is now maintained by the Church of Scotland.

    John Knox was a member of the protestant Reformers and was influenced by a movement from Europe that was known as Humanism. The movement coincided with the spread of printing and literacy; this caused an intellectual revolution throughout the continent. The bible was also translated into modern language. John Knox travelled extensively throughout Europe and then returned to Scotland where he led the Scottish Reformation. This reformation started in 1560 when the parliament passed a law abolishing the Pope’s authority over the national church. Knox’s preaching was a powerful factor in the revolution and the Scottish nobility supported him.
    Mary, Queen of Scots returned from France in 1561 and she believed that Knox was the most dangerous man in her kingdom – a belief she held until her death. In 1567 Mary had to abdicate and the following year she fled to England. Mary's supporters, known as the 'Queen's men' campaigned for her restoration and they occupied the castle. The civil war of three years later meant that Edinburgh was a dangerous place for Knox and he fled to St. Andrews. He returned to Edinburgh when a truce was called in 1572. He died on the 24th of November 1572. He was almost 60 years old and very ill but he still preached at the church, which can be seen from his house. At his funeral the Protestant Regent, the Earl of Morton, paid testament to Knox's life "There lies he who never feared the face of man".

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    John Knox's House

    by MalenaN Updated Apr 1, 2005

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    John Knox's House

    John Knox House is just across the street from Brodie’s Backpacker Hostel where I stayed, so I passed it many times. Unfortunately I could never enter as the house was closed for renovation. It could have been interesting to see the interior of this house, which is one of the oldest houses in Edinburgh. The house is built around 1490 and some years during the 16th century John Knox is believed to have lived here. John Knox was a protestant and the leader of reformation in Scotland.

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    John Knox House

    by roamer61 Written Jan 18, 2005

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    John Knox was a major figure in Scottish Politics during the 16th century (1500s) and the house he lived in is perfectly preserved, being one of the finest examples of domestic architecture in the country. It can be found quite easily on edinburughs famous Royal Mile.

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    John Knox's House

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 4, 2003

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    The house has an outside stairway with intricate carvings and lots of gables. It is a typical example of an Old Town house. Knox is said to have addressed crowds in the street from a preaching window in his library.

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    John Knox's House

    by steventilly Updated Jan 2, 2003

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    John Knox's House

    This is from the 16th century, and was the supposed home of John Knox, the leader of the reformation in Scotland. It's doubtful that he did actually live in this actual house, though he did certainly live in the area.

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    JOHN KNOX'S HOUSE

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    John Knox's House, Edinburgh

    John Knox was the leader of Reformation and one of the most important figures of the 16th century. You can visit his home (only after appointment) to learn more about this man.
    The house dates from 1450 and is one of the rare houses from that period.

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    John Knox House

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Dec 6, 2013

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    Believed to be the house of the protestant reformer, John Knox, this museum is now combined with the adjacent Story teller's musuem.

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    John Knox's house

    by ophiro Updated Jun 7, 2005

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    John Knox's house

    John Knox was a scottish protestant reformer and this was his house.
    You can see the house on the royal mile.

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    John Knox's House (II)

    by steventilly Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Corner Detail

    Just a close up showing some detail of the stonework of John Knox's House.
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    John Knox House - the father...

    by sandysmith Written Aug 24, 2002

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    John Knox House - the father of the Scottish Reformation.
    John Knox House dates from the 15th Century and is the only remaining dwelling from this era in the Royal Mile.

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