This is the story of the Drury family in England, from the years before the Norman Conquest to the time of John Drury the Recusant (ca. 1530–1598). For hundreds of years, the Drurys prospered as the landed gentry of Suffolk and Norfolk, faithfully serving their God and their kings. As knights, the Drurys bore a shield with the coat of arms: argent, on a chief vert, two mullets, pierced or. The family motto was Remember.
But by 1581, Elizabeth I’s penal laws labeled John Drury a recusant because he stood tall as a Roman Catholic in refusing to attend the prayer book services of the Church of England. He was convicted of treason and heavily fined. For centuries, the Drury men and women had lived, loved, and died as loyal English and reverent Catholics, a heritage that John Drury would not cast aside. This book tells their story.