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K. Henry. 7. Prophesies of the Turke and Antichrist.

And thus much touchyng Methodius, of whose prophecies how much or how litle is to bee estemed, I leaue it indifferent vnto the reader. For me it shall suffice simply to haue recited his woordes, as I finde them in hys booke conteyned: notyng this by the waye, that of this booke of Methodius, De nouissimis temporibus, neither Hierome in his Cataloge, nor Suidas, nor yet Auētinus in that place where hee entreateth purposely of such prophecies, maketh any mention. 

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The 'Master of the Sentences' is the famous theologian Peter Lombard (c. 1100-1160). Foxe is saying that, since Methodius's Revelations contain a reference to Lombard's writings, the Revelations could not have been written by a third century bishop. Again, Foxe is casting doubt on the traditional identification of Methodius as the author of the Revelationes.

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MarginaliaThe prophecie of Hildegardis & Brigitte, of the Turkes.As touchyng Hildegardis and Brigit, and other whō the Frenche call Bardi for their songes and prophetical verses, sufficient hath bene alleged before out of Auentinus: 

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See Joannes Aventinus, Annalium Boiorum (Ingolstadt, 1554), p. 301.

Who in his thyrd booke of Chronicles writing of þe testimonies of Hildegard, Brigit and Bardi, semeth to ground vpon them, that the Turkes, whether we will or not, shall haue their Jmperiall seate at Colen: MarginaliaEx Auentino. lib. 3. Annasiū.
A caveat to England.
And I praye God, that it come not to passe, that the Turke doo geue some attempt agaynst England by the seas, before that he come to Colen by land. &c.

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Breuitie causeth me to cut of many testimonies and reuelations of these abouesayd, or els I could here rehearse the propheticall wordes of Brigit lib. 4. cap. 57. concernyng the Citie and Churche of Rome, whiche, as she saith 

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See Memoriale effigatum librorum prophetiarum seu visonum B. Brigidae (Rome, 1556), sig. S4v. For those using a different edition of St. Bridget's writings, it should be noted that Foxe's citation of the book and chapter are correct.

, MarginaliaEx Brigitta. lib. 4. cap. 57.
Prophecies of Brigitte agaynst Rome.
must be purged and scoured with iij. thyngs: to witte, with sharpe sworde, with fire, and with the plough, and that God will do with that Citie, as one that remoueth plātes out of one place vnto an other: and finally that the citie of Rome shall susteine the lyke sentence, as if a Judge should commaunde the skinne to be flayne of, the bloud to be drawen frō the flesh, and the flesh to be cut in small peeces, and the bones therof to be broken, so that all the mary may be quysed out frō the same. &c. But for breuitie I let Brigitte passe, & some thyng will declare out of Erythrea Sybilla, in her booke of prophecies found in S. Georges church in Venyce 
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Foxe is during these prophecies, atributed to the Erythraen Sibyl from Berthold Pürstringer's Onus ecclesiae. Pürstringer, the bishop of Chiemese (1508-25), was dedicated to the reform of the church and he was also a staunch opponent of Lutheranism. The Onus ecclesiae, first published anonymously in 1524, is a call to repentance and reform. Pürstringer uses the Sibylline prophecies to support his view that the Turks are an instrument of God's judgement. I have used the second edition of this work, published in Venice in 1531.

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: MarginaliaThe prophecies of Sybilla Eritbrea, named Eriphila.Where she prophecying many thyngs of þe byrth of Christ vnder Augustus, and of þe byrth of Iohn Baptist, & of Baptisme, of the Apostiles, of the conuersion of the Gentils, & of Constantinus. &c. hath these woordes 
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Berthold Pürstinger, Onus ecclesiae temporibus (Venice, 1531), sig.Y1v.

: MarginaliaEx Sybilla Erithrea in suo Nazilographo. i. imperiali scripto.After that the peaceable Bull shall conclude all the climes of the world vnder tribute, in those dayes a heauēly lambe shall come: and the dayes shall come, whē the power of the flowyng streame shall be magnified in water, and the Lyon the Monarche shall be conuerted to the lambe, whiche shall shyne to all men, and subuert kingdomes. Moreouer sayth Sybilla, 
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Berthold Pürstinger, Onus ecclesiae temporibus (Venice, 1531), sig.Y1v.

MarginaliaProphecies of Sybilla of Christ.In the latter age God shall be humbled, and the diuine ofspryng shall be abased, and deitie shall be ioyned with humanitie, the lambe shall lye in hay, and God and man shalbe bredde vp vnder a maydens attendance, signes and wonders shall go before amongest the circumcised. &c. Also, an aged woman shall conceaue a child hauyng knowledge of thinges to come. The world shall meruell at boxxxtes (the starre) whiche shall be a leader to his byrth. He hauyng 32. feete, MarginaliaBy his feete is supposed to be ment the yeares of hys age.and vi. thumbes shall chuse to hym selfe out of fishers and abiectes, the number of xij. and one deuill, not with sword nor with battell. &c. And afterwarde thus foloweth moreouer, in Sybilla, saying 
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Berthold Pürstinger, Onus ecclesiae temporibus (Venice, 1531), sig.Y1v.

: * Marginalia* The lābe lyeng &c. that is, The Churche without trauell shal be mainteined with some lyuyng or possessions of cheif rulers.The health of the lābe lyeng shal be clothed with a few spoiles of the Lyon. Blacke shall be turned into red. He shal subdue the citie of Æneas, and kings, but in the hoke of the fisher, In deiection, and pouertie he shall conquere riches, and shall tread downe pride with his owne death: In the night he shall ryse vp and be chaunged, hee shall lyue and reigne, and all these thinges shall be cōsummated, and regeneration (or new thynges) be made: at last he shall iudge both good and euill. &c. And thys much briefly collected out of Sybilla Erythrea concernyng Christe our Lord.

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Furthermore touchyng þe state & course of þe Churche, and of Antichrist, it foloweth in the sayd Sybille saying 

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Berthold Pürstinger, Onus ecclesiae temporibus (Venice, 1531), sigs.Y1v and Y2r.

: Then shall iiij. wynged beastes MarginaliaBy these 4. beastes is ment the 4. Monarchies of the world, that is, the multitude of all the kingdomes of the gētiles, as is in the Apocal.rise vp in testimonie, they shall sound out with trūpets the name of the lābe, sowyng righteousnes, and the law irreprehensible. Against which law, the beast shall gaynstand, and the abhomination and frothe of the dragon. But a meruelous starre shall ryse, hauyng the image of the iiij. beastes, and shall be in a meruelous multitude, he shall bring light to the Greekes, and shall illustrate the world: The lake of the fisher shall bring the name of the lambe with power into the Citie of Eneas, vnto the ende of the world (or tyme.)Then in the Citie of Eneas, MarginaliaBy the Citie of Eneas is ment Rome.the starre ioyned, shall loose such as were bound of the deuill, and therof he shall reioyse and glorie, and glorious shall be his end. &c.

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After this, Sybilla writing (as it semeth) of Antichrist, importeth these wordes 

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Berthold Pürstinger, Onus ecclesiae temporibus (Venice, 1531), sig.Y2r.

: MarginaliaThe prophesies of Sybilla, of Antichrist.And it shall come to passe, that an horrible beast shall come out of the East, whose roryng shall be heard to Aphrike, to the people of Carthage, whiche hath vij. heades, and scepters innumerable, feete. 663. MarginaliaThe 663. feete do meane the yeares of hys reigne.He shall gaynstand the lambe, to blaspheme his Testament, encreasing the waters of the dragon. The kinges and princes of the world he shall burne in intolerable sweate, and they shall not diminishe his feete. MarginaliaHis feete, that is, the number of his reygne and tyme appoynted of the Lord.And then ij. starres like to the first starre, shall rise against the beast, and shall not preuaile, till the abhomination shall be come, and the will of the Lord shall be consummate. And againe speaking of þe same matter, he inferreth these wordes of the foresayd ij. starres aboue mentioned. 
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Berthold Pürstinger, Onus ecclesiae temporibus (Venice, 1531), sig.Y2r..

And toward the latter dayes ij. bright starres MarginaliaThese ii starres seme to meane Iohn Hus, and Hierome, who beyng put to death by the Pope, their doctrine rose again more strongly, then before.shall arise, raysing vp men lyeng dead in their sinnes, beyng like to the first starre, hauing the face of the iiij. beastes, whiche shall resiste the beast, and the waters of the Dragon, testifying (or preaching) the name and law of the lambe, the destruction of abhomination and iudgemēt, and shall diminishe his waters, but they shall be weakened in the bread of affliction, and they shall rise agayn in stronger force. &c.

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And it foloweth moreouer: 

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Berthold Pürstinger, Onus ecclesiae temporibus (Venice, 1531), sig.Y2r.

After the abhominatiō, then shall truth be reueled, and the lambe shall be knowen, to whom regions and countreis shall submitte their neckes, and all earthly men shall agree together in one, to come into one fold, and to be ruled vnder one discipline, and after this shall be but a small tyme. &c.

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And shortly after, the sayd Sybille 

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Berthold Pürstinger, Onus ecclesiae temporibus (Venice, 1531), sig.Y2r-v.

speakyng of the latter iudgement to come, declareth how all the abhominations of sinnes shall come before the lambe: and that terrible fire shall fall from heauen, whiche shall consume all earthly thinges created vnto the toppe of heauen. &c.

And thus much out of Sybilla touchyng her prophesies of Christ & Antichrist, according as I found them alleadged of a certein catholike Romish writer, in his booke intituled, Onus ecclesiæ, 

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Foxe is during these prophecies, attributed to the Erythraen Sibyl from Berthold Pürstringer's Onus ecclesiae. Pürstringer, the bishop of Chiemese (1508-25), was dedicated to the reform of the church and he was also a staunch opponent of Lutheranism. The Onus ecclesiae, first published anonymously in 1524, is a call to repentance and reform. Pürstringer uses the Sibylline prophecies to support his view that the Turks are an instrument of God's judgement. I have used the second edition of this work, published in Venice in 1531.

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MarginaliaEx libro cui titulus, Onus ecclesiæ.excerped, as he sayth, out of the librarye of S. George in the Citie of Venice.

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Philippe Melancthon in his preface vpon Bartholomæus Georgionitz Peregrinus, 

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See Bartolomeo Georgevits, De origine imperii Turcorum (Wittenberg,1560), sig. A2v.

writyng of þe Origene and maners of the Turkes, alledgeth a certeine prophesie of Hiltenus, mentioned hereafter, whiche foresayd that the Turkes should beare rule in Italie, and in Germanie, an. 1600.

Now it remaineth, in cōclusion of these prophesies of the Turkes, some thyng to say of the Turkes owne prophesies, concernyng the enduryng, and endyng of theyr own kingdome, whose prophetical prognosticatiō, being taken out of their owne language, & their owne bookes, I thought here to insert, as I finde it alledged in þe booke of þe foresaid Bartholomæus Georgieniz, as foloweth. 

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This prophecy in its 'Persian' and Latin versions is from Bartolomeo Georgevits, De origine imperii Turcorum as excerpted in Theodore Bibliander, Machumetis Saracenorum principis…Alcoran (Basel, 1550), III, p. 166.

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¶ A Turkishe prophecie in the Persian toung of the reigne and ruine of the Turkes.

PAtissahomoz ghelur, Ciaferum memleketi alur, keuzul almai alur, Kapzeiler, iedi y ladegh Gyaur keleci csikmasse, on ikiyladegh onlaron beghlig eder: eufi iapar, beghi dik er bahesai baghlar, oglikezi olur, onichi yldensora Hristianon Keleci csichar, ol Turchi gherestine tus chure.

¶ The Latine of the same.

MarginaliaBy the prince of the Gentiles the Turkes do here meane the kyngdomes & dominions of the Christians, whō they call Gentiles, because they are not circūcised after their maner.JMperator noster veniet, ethnici Principis regnum capiet, rubrum quoq; pomum capiet, in suam potestatem rediget: quod si septimum vsque annum Christianorum gladius non insurrexit, vsque ad duodecimum annum eis dominabitur. Domos ædificabit, vineas plantabit, hortos sepibus muniet, liberos procreabit, & post duodecimum annum, apparebit Christianorum gladius, qui Turcam quaqua versum in fugam aget.

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¶ The same in Englishe.

OUr Emperour shall come: he shall get the kyngdome of the Gētiles prince: also he shall take the red apple & shall bryng it vnder his subiection: and if the sword of the Christians shall not rise vnto the vij. yeare, he shall haue dominion ouer them vnto the xij. yeare. He shall buylde

houses,
LL.i.
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