Elizabeth Barton, called the Holy Maid or the Nun of Kent, an English religions impostor, executed April 21, 1534. She was a servant, who when seized with nervous fits broke out in ravings, of which her parish priest, Masters, took advantage in 1525 to represent her as an inspired prophetess. In 1531 she was induced by Father Bocking to take the veil at Canterbury for the sake of additional effect, he prompting her to denounce the reformation, and especially Henry VIII. on account of his proposed divorce from Queen Catharine. Even Sir Thomas More and Bishop Fisher of Rochester countenanced the imposture for a time, and the excitement among the populace became so obnoxious to the authorities that she was arrested in 1533. She made a confession of the conspiracy at St. Paul's cross in December. A bill of attainder against her and her accomplices, including Masters, Bocking, Deering (who wrote a work on her revelations and prophecies), and two other persons, was passed on March 6; and she was beheaded with them at Tyburn.