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K. Henry. 8. Prophesies going before Martin Luther.

frō the face of the Lordes fury, vntill at length all shall suffer together, and vntill both the carnall people and Priests, and Clerkes in processe and order of tyme, shall fall away and be consumed, as is cloth consumed and eaten of the moth. &c.

Marginalia[illegible text] With this prophecie of Iohn Hus aboue mentioned, speaking of the hundreth yeres, accordeth also the testimony of Hierome his felow Martyr, in these woordes: And I cite you all (sayd he) to aunswere before the most high and iust Iudge, after an hundreth yeares. 

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The prophecy of Jerome of Prague is taken from the two volume compendium of the writings of Hus and Jerome, edited by Mathias Flacius, Ioannis Hus et Hieronymi Pragensis confessorum Christi historia et monimenta (Nuremberg, 1558), II, fo. 352v.

Iohn Hus. Hieronymus.

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For these images, see above 'The true plate of Hus and Hierome'. [1570, p. 912] CUL copy: metallic colour to the edges (probably indicates silver detail, now worn, since this appears to be the base colour used prior to applying silver). Note that this additional detail was carefully added, since it does not envelope the writing. WREN copy: there is no metallic colour here.

Centum reuolutis annis deo respondebitis. Post centum annos vos omnes cito.

This Hierome was burnt an. 1416. and Luther begā to write an. 1516. which was the iust hundreth yeare after, accordyng to the right accompt of Hieromes Prophecy.

MarginaliaAn other prophecie of reformation by Ioh. Hilton Mōke of Thuringe. Philip Melancthon in his Apologie, cap. De votis Monast. testifieth 

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The story of John Hilton, including the citation of Philip Melanchthon, is taken from Mathias Flacius, Catalogus testium veritatis (Basel, 1562), p. 572.

of one Iohn Hilton a Moke in Thurynge, who, for speakyng agaynst certaine abuses of the place and order where he lyued, was cast in prison. At length beyng weak and feable through imprisonmēt, he sent for the Warden of the Couent, desiryng and beseching hym, to haue some respect of his wofull state, and pityfull case. The Warden rebukyng and accusing him for that he had done and spokē: MarginaliaEx Phil. Melanc. in Apologia. cap. de vot. Monast. He aunswered againe and said, that he had spoken nothing which might be preiudiciall or hurtfull to their Monkery, or against their religion: But there should come one (and assigned the yeare, an. 1516) who should vtterly subuert all monkery, and they should neuer be able to resist him. &c.

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Long it were to induce here all Prophecies that be read in histories. Certyine I mynde briefly to touch and passe ouer. And first, to omit here the reuelations of Brigit (wherunto I do not much attribute) 

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Note Foxe's reluctance to appear to be giving too much credence to a Catholic saint and mystic.

who prophesying of the destructiō of Rome in her 4. booke, cap. 17. sayth: 
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Foxe had already quoted this passage earlier in his text: 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 Reuelat. Brigit. lib. 4. cap. 57.
Brigitte prophesieth of reformation.
That Rome shalbe scoured and purged with 3. thyngs, with sword, fire, and the plough: resemblyng moreouer the sayd Church of Rome, to a plant remoued out of the old place into a new: Also to a body condemned by a iudge, to haue the skinne flayne of, the bloud to be drawen from the flesh, the flesh to be cut in peeces, and the bones therof to be broken, and all the marye to be squised out from the same, so that no part therof remaine whole and perfect. &c. But to these speculations of Brigit, I geue no great respect, as neither I do to the predictions of Katherine De Senis. 
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Again, Foxe is reluctant to credit the visions of a Catholic saint. But Foxe is also probably referencing the criticisms made of Catherine of Siena by Mathias Flacius, in his Catalogus testium veritatis, which is Foxe's source for her prophecy.

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MarginaliaAntonin. part. 3. hist. titul. 23. cap. 14. And yet notwithstandyng, Antoninus writyng of the same Katherine in his 3. part. Tit. 23. cap. 14. reciteth her wordes thus, prophesying of the reformatiō of the Church, to Frier Raymund her gostly father: 

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This prophecy (including the citation of St. Antoninus) is taken from Mathias Flacius, Catalogus testium veritatis (Basel, 1562), p. 523.

MarginaliaKatherina Senensis prophecying of reformation. By these tribulations (sayth she) God after a secret maner vnknowen to mā, shall purge his holy Church, and after those thynges shall folow such a reformation of the holy Church of God, and such a renouation of the holy pastours, that the onely cogitation and remembraunce thereof maketh my spirite to reioyse in the Lord: And, as I haue ofttymes told you heretofore, the spouse whiche is now all deformed and ragged, shalbe adourned and decked with most rich and precious ouches & brouches: and all the faithfull shalbe glad and reioyse to see themselues so bewtified with so holy pastours. Yea and also the infidels then allured by the sweete sauour of Christ, shall returne to the Catholique fold, and be conuerted to the true Byshop and shepherde of their soules. Geue thankes therefore to God, for after this storme, he wyll geue a great calme. &c.

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Of the authoritie of this prophetisse, I haue not to affirme or iudge, but rather to heare what the Catholique iudges will say of this their owne Saint & Prophet. For if they doe not credite her spirite of prophesie, why thē do they authorise her for a pure Saint, amōg þe Sisters of deare S. Dominick? If they warrant her prophesie, let thē say then, when was this glorious reformation of the Church, euer true or like to be true, if it be not true now in this maruelous alteration of the Church, in these our latter dayes? Or when was there any such conuersion of Christen people in all countryes euer heard of, since the Apostles time, as hath bene since the preaching of Martin Luther.

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Marginalia[illegible text] Of Hieronimus Sauonarola I wrote before 

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Matthew 10:26; Luke 12:2.

pag [illegible text] shewing that he prophecied: That one should passe ouer the Alpes lyke to Cyrus, who should subuert and destroye all Italy. Which may well be applyed to Gods worde, and the Gospel of Christ, spreading now in all places since Luthers tyme.

Marginalia[illegible text] Theodoricus Byshop of Croacia, lyued 

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The prophecy of Theodoric is taken from Mathias Flacius, Catalogus testium veritatis (Basel, 1562), p. 541.

neare about the tyme, when Hus and Hierome were martyred. Who in the ende of his propheticall verses, which are extant in print, declareth: That the Sea of Rome, which is so horriblie polluted wyth Simonie and auarice, shall fall, and no more shall oppresse men wyth tyranny, as it hath done, and that it shalbe subuerted by his owne subiectes, and that the Church and true pietie shall flourish agayne more then euer it did before.

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MarginaliaThe prophecie of Doct. Weselus. Nouiomagus testifieth, 

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This prophecy comes Mathias Flacius, Catalogus testium veritatis (Basel, 1562), p. 562.

that he in the yeare of our lord. 1520. heard Ostendorpius, a Canon of Dauentrie, say: that when he was a young man Doct. Weselus a Phrysian, which was then an olde mā, tolde hym, That he should lyue to see thys new schoole diuinitie of Scotus, Aquinas, and Bonauenture to be vtterly forsaken and exploded of all true Christians.

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MarginaliaA prophecie of the popes head. In a booke of Carolus Bouillus, mention is made of a certaine vision, which one Nicolas  

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The vision of Nicholas and the anecedote of Nicholas Medler are taken from Mathias Flacius, Catalogus testium veritatis (Basel, 1562), p. 571.

an heremite of Heluetia, had: in which visiō he saw the popes head crowned with iij. sworde, proceedyng from hys face, and iij. swordes commyng toward it. Thys vision is also imprinted in the bookes of Martin Luther, wyth hys preface before it.

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Nicolaus Medlerus, beyng of late superintendent of Brunswyke, affirmed and testified: That he heard & knew a certayne Priest in hys countrey, which tolde the Priestes there, that they layde aside Paule vnder their deskes and pues: but the tyme would come, when as Paule shoulde come abroad, and driue them vnder the deskes and darke stalles, where they should not appeare. &c.

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MarginaliaEx Flaccio de testibus veritatis. Matthias Flaccius, in the end of his booke, intituled: De testibus veritatis, speaketh of one Michaell Stifelius, 

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Mathias Flacius, Catalogus testium veritatis (Basel, 1562), pp. 583-4.

which Michaell beyng an old man, told him that hee heard the Priestes and Monkes say many times, by old prophecies, that a violent reformation must needes come amōgest them: and also that the said Michael heard Conradus Stifelius his father, many tymes declare the same: who also for the great hatred he bare agaynst this filthy sect of Mōnkes and Priests, told to one Peter Pirer a frend and neighbour of his, that he should lyue and see the day, and therfore desired him, that when the day came, besides those Priestes which he should kill for himselfe, he would kill one Priest more for his sake. &c. Hæc ex Flaccio. MarginaliaThe gospell beginneth his reformation wyth peace and quietnes. This Stifelius thought belyke, that this reformation should be wrought by outward violence, and force of sword, but he was therein deceaued. Although the aduersary vseth all forceable meanes, and violent tyranny, yet the procedynges of the Gospell alwayes begynneth with peace, and quyetnes.

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In the table of Amersham men I signified a litle before, pag. 804. how one Haggar 

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This is interesting evidence of the wealth of some of these Lollards and their ability to use it to subvert the authorities.

of London, speakyng of this

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