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Actes and Monumentes of the Churche.

ence of a christen man, and the summe of scripture amonge companye, and also the Dialoge betwixt the Plowman and the gentleman among company as he thincketh, also he hathe red a piece of the answer of Tindall made to syr Thomas More, and he hathe red also the Dialoge of Frith to him self, he hath red also the Prologes of the v. bokes of Moyses contained in the longe scedule and in company as he thinkes.

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Al which bookes he hath red vnder manner aforsaid wythin these ii. yeres last past, and as for the new Testament in Englishe, he red it before he had these bokes specified in the scedules before rehersed.

To the third article as touching Swingli9 & others, he thincketh that they hold the same doctrine, that Luther doth, how be it he supposeth they vary in some poyntes.

The xvi. day of Nouember, Robert Baifield appeared again before the bishop, who enquired of him of what secte Swinglius was, he said. He thinketh that he holdeth with Luther in some poynts. &c.

Also he cōfesseth that first he brought bokes of the sortes aboue named into this realme aboute midsomer was xii. moneth, and landed them at Colchester, & afterward brought part of them to this city, and some he dispersed and sold in this city. The secōd time þt he brought bokes, was about all Hollantide was xii. moneth, and landed them at S. Katherines, the which bokes my Lord Chauncelor toke from him. Also that at Easter last, was the iii. time that he brought ouer bokes, the which are shewed vnto him, contained in these ii. bils, and landed with them in Norfolke, & from thence brought them to the city of london in a male.

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To the v. vi. and vii. articles, he answered & confessed them to be true.

To the viii. he answereth, that it was enioyned him, as is contained in tharticle, þe which iniūction he fulfilled.

To the ix. he answereth that he doth not remember it.

To the x. he answeareth, that it was adioyned him that he should go to the Abbey of Bery, and there cotninue, the which he sayeth, he did iii. times, but he ware not his mōkes cowl as he was enioyned.

The xi. article he confesseth.

The xii. article, that he did not weare hys monkes habite according to the abiuration, he referreth him self to the actes, whether he wer so enioyned or no.

To the xiii. article he saith, þt he doth not remembre the contēts therof, but referreth him self to the actes. Notwithstanding he doth confesse, that he had no licence of the bishop of Lōdon, to come to the city or diocesse of London, nor to make any abode there.

¶ The sentence geuen against Richard Baifeld. Otherwise called Somersam, monke of S. Edmondes Bery, in the dioces of Norwich in a case of relaps.

IN the name of god Amen. We Ihon by the suffrance of god, bishop of London in a case of inquisition of heresy & relaps of the same, fyrst begone before maister Rychard Foxfard doctor of both lawes our official 

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Richard Foxford was chancellor and vicar general of the diocese of London.

now depending before vs vndecided, againste thee Richard Baifield priest and Monke, professed to the order and rule of S. Benedict in the monastery of s. Edmondes Bery, in the dioces of Norwich, and by meanes of the causes within wrytten vnder our iurisdiction, and withal fauor rightly & lawfully proceding withal fauor possible, the merites and circumstances of the cause of this inquisition hard, waid, vnderstād and fully discussed by vs the said bishop, reseruing vnto our selues, þt which by law oughte to be reserued, we haue thoughte good to procede, and do procede in this maner, to the pronouncing of our definitiue sentēce, forsomuch as by the actes inacted, inquired, propounded, and alledged, and by thee iudicially confessed, we do finde þt thou hast abiured certen errors & heresies, and dampnable opinions, by the cōfessed, aswell perticulerly as generally before our reuerent fellow brother, then thy ordinary, according to the forme & order of þe church. And that one Martine Luther together wyth his adherentes and complices, receiuers & fauourers what so euer they be, was condempned as an hereticke by the auctoritye of Pope Leo the x. of moost happy memory, and by the auctority of the Apostolike sea, and the bokes and all wrytinges, cedules and sermones, of the saide Martin Luther his adherentes and complices, whether they be found in Laten or in any other languages, imprinted or translated for the manifolde heresies and erroures, and dampnable opinyons that are in them, are condempned, reproued, and vtterlye reiected, and inhibition made by the authoritye of the sayde sea to all faithfull Christians, vnder the paine of excommunication and other punishmentes in that behalfe to be incurred by the law, that no man by any meanes presume to reade, teach, heare, Imprint, or publyshe, or by anye meanes to defende, directlye or vndyrectlye, secreatlye or openlye in their houses, or in anye other publyke or pryuate places, anye suche manner of wrytinges, bookes, erroures or Articles, as is contayned more at large in the Apostolyke letters, drawne oute in forme of a publike instrument.

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Whervnto and to the contentes there of, I referre my self as farre as is expedient, and no otherwise. Forsomuch as we do perceiue, that thou diddest vnderstād the premisses these thinges notwtstanding, after thabiuratiō made, as

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