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wel vnderstand and know.

¶ How that these greuaunces were intreated vpon, in the next conuention holden at Vvormes.

THe better part of these aforsaid articles touching the sea of Rome, Archbishops, bishops, prelates, offycials, Ecclesiasticall consistories, and other Ecclesiasticall persons, was offred vp vnto the Emperoures magesty in the next assembly of the Prynces and states, holden at Wormes, by the laitye and states of the Empire, not wythout greate supplication and intreaty that he woulde vtterly abolish and take away, euen of necessitye and iustice, the said greuances, the which was done euen in the presence of the Archbishops, bishops and other states of the cleargye in the said assembly. But hetherto they haue not begun to chaunge nor amend any thing. Wherfore the seculer princes and states of the Empire being forced vpon vrgent occasyons, dyd shew and declare the aboue mentioned greuances, whiche were no longer to be suffred or borne vnto the popes holines, as hys holynes with a fatherly affection required to be doon. Earnestly desiring that his holines would amend and abolish the same.

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¶ There were besydes these many other greuāces necessary to be declared, whiche here for breuities sake we omit. 
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Foxe drew this brief narrative of what happened after the complaints were presented to the papal legate at the Diet of Nuremburg (1522) and of Cardinal Campeggio's legation to Germany from Johannes Sleidan, A famouse cronicle of our time, called Sleidanes Commentaries, trans. John Daus (London, 1560), STC 19848, fos. 45r-46v.

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ALbeit the seculer states of the sacred Empire, bad yet many more, and muche more greuous burthens and greuāces, whiche by righte and iustice oughte to be declared, yet forsomuch as they wil not seme to passe a measure of reasonable breuity, we will be contented for this present with those whiche are all ready rehearsed, reseruing thothers for a more apt and better oportunity, stedfastly trustynge with a firme and stedfast hope, that whē those greuaunces whiche are all readye rehearsed, shalbe abolished, the other shal also decay and fall with them.

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Thus haue we brieflye discoursed a fewe of the principall greuaunces of these two, according as we before promised. And now in like manner, something to shew, touchinge the order and successyō of popes. A little before we made mention of Nicholas the fyfthe, after whome succeaded Calixtus the thyrde, who amongst diuers other thinges ordained both at noone and at euening, the bell to tol and Aues as it was vsed in the popish time to helpe the souldiours that fought against the turkes, for which cause also he ordained the feast of the transfiguration of the Lord, solempnisynge it with like pardones and indulgences as Corpus Christy day. Also this Pope proceadynge contrary to the councels of Constaunce and Basill decreed that no manne should appeale from the pope to any councell, by whome also Saint Edmund of Cantorburye wyth dyuersother were made sainctes.

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Next after this Calixtus succeded Pius Secundus. Otherwise called Eneas Syluius, who wrote the two bookes of commentaries vpon the councel of Basell before mentioned. This Eneas at the time of the wrytinge of those his bookes seemed to be a man of an indifferent and tollerable iudgemente and doctrine, from the which he afterward being pope semed to decline and swarue, seekynge by all meanes possyble howe to deface and abolyshe the bokes which he tofore had wrytten.

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¶ Diuers sentences and Prouerbes be attributed vnto this Pius, which he left wrytten behind him, as be these and such like.

MarginaliaThe Prouerbes of Pius.THe deuine nature of God, maye rather be comprehended by faith then by disputacion.

Christian faith is to be consydered, not by what reason it is proued, but from whome it proceadeth.

Neither can a couetous manne be satisfied wyth monye, nor a learned man wyth knowledge.

MarginaliaThe saying of Pius..Learning ought to be to poore men in stead of syluer, to noble men in stead of gold, and to princes in stead of precious stones.

An artificiall oration moueth foles, but not wise men.

Suters in the law (said he) be as byrdes, the court is the bait. The iudges be the nets, and the lawyers be the fowlers.

Men saith he, are to be geuen to dignities, & not dignities to men.

Thoffyce of a bishop is heauy, but it is blessed to him that doth wel beare it.

A bishop without learninge may be lykened to an Asse.

An euill phisicion destroyeth bodies, but an vnlearned priest destroyeth soules.

Mariage was taken from priests, not without greate reason, but with much greater reason, it ought to be restored again.

The like sentence to this he vttereth in hys second boke of the councel of Basel before specified, saying. Peraduenture it were not the worst, that the most part of priestes had theyr wiues. For many should be saued in priestlye mariage, which now in vnmaried priesthoode are dampned. The same Pius also as Celius reporteth dissolued certain orders of Nunnes of the order of S. Briget and S. Clare, bydding them to depart out, that they shuld burn no more, nor couer a harlot vnder the vesture of religion.

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This Pius if he had broughte so muche piety and godlinesse, as he brought learning vnto his Popedome, he had excelled manye other Popes that went before him.

It shall not be impertinent here to touche,

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