Thematic Divisions in Book 12
1. Exhumations of Bucer and Phagius along with Peter Martyr's Wife2. Pole's Visitation Articles for Kent3. Ten Martyrs Burnt at Canterbury4. The 'Bloody Commission'5. Twenty-two Prisoners from Colchester6. Five Burnt at Smithfield7. Stephen Gratwick and others8. Edmund Allen and other martyrs9. Edmund Allen10. Alice Benden and other martyrs11. Examinations of Matthew Plaise12. Richard Woodman and nine other martyrs13. Ambrose14. Richard Lush15. The Martyrdom of Simon Miller and Elizabeth Cooper16. Rose Allin and nine other Colchester Martyrs17. John Thurston18. George Eagles19. Richard Crashfield20. Fryer and George Eagles' sister21. Joyce Lewes22. Rafe Allerton and others23. Agnes Bongeor and Margaret Thurston24. John Kurde25. John Noyes26. Cicelye Ormes27. Persecution at Lichfield28. Persecution at Chichester29. Thomas Spurdance30. Hallingdale, Sparrow and Gibson31. John Rough and Margaret Mearing32. Cuthbert Simson33. William Nicholl34. Seaman, Carman and Hudson35. Three at Colchester36. A Royal Proclamation37. Roger Holland and other Islington martyrs38. Stephen Cotton and other martyrs39. Scourging of Thomas Hinshaw40. Scourging of John Milles41. Richard Yeoman42. John Alcocke43. Thomas Benbridge44. Four at St Edmondsbury45. Alexander Gouch and Alice Driver46. Three at Bury47. A Poor Woman of Exeter48. The Final Five Martyrs49. John Hunt and Richard White50. John Fetty51. Nicholas Burton52. John Fronton53. Another Martyrdom in Spain54. Baker and Burgate55. Burges and Hoker56. The Scourged: Introduction57. Richard Wilmot and Thomas Fairfax58. Thomas Greene59. Bartlett Greene and Cotton60. Steven Cotton's Letter61. James Harris62. Robert Williams63. Bonner's Beating of Boys64. A Beggar of Salisbury65. Providences: Introduction66. The Miraculously Preserved67. William Living68. Edward Grew69. William Browne70. Elizabeth Young71. Elizabeth Lawson72. Christenmas and Wattes73. John Glover74. Dabney75. Alexander Wimshurst76. Bosom's wife77. Lady Knevet78. John Davis79. Mistress Roberts80. Anne Lacy81. Crosman's wife82. Congregation at Stoke in Suffolk83. Congregation of London84. Englishmen at Calais85. Edward Benet86. Jeffrey Hurst87. William Wood88. Simon Grinaeus89. The Duchess of Suffolk90. Thomas Horton 91. Thomas Sprat92. John Cornet93. Thomas Bryce94. Gertrude Crockhey95. William Mauldon96. Robert Horneby97. Mistress Sandes98. Thomas Rose99. Troubles of Sandes100. Complaint against the Ipswich Gospellers101. Tome 6 Life and Preservation of the Lady Elizabeth102. The Unprosperous Queen Mary103. Punishments of Persecutors104. Foreign Examples105. A Letter to Henry II of France106. The Death of Henry II and others107. Justice Nine-Holes108. John Whiteman109. Admonition to the Reader110. Hales' Oration111. The Westminster Conference112. Appendix notes113. Ridley's Treatise114. Back to the Appendix notes115. Thomas Hitton116. John Melvyn's Letter117. Alcocke's Epistles118. Cautions to the Reader119. Those Burnt at Bristol: extra material120. Priest's Wife of Exeter121. Snel122. Laremouth123. William Hunter's Letter124. Doctor Story125. The French Massacre
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Queene Mary. The examination and answers of Richard Woodman, Martyr.

MarginaliaAnno 1557. Iune.Thus haue I shewed you my mind in this behalf, both of Paul, and also for the mariages of bishops and priests, as I vnderstand the scriptures. Howbeit, it is a thing the which I haue litle to doe withall: but as you required me to say my minde in that matter, so I haue done.

Chich. Marye I am glad that you haue sayd as you haue done. Many doe affirme boldly that Paul had a wife, and yet can not prooue whether he had or had not, by þe scriptures: but you haue said very wel. I am glad that yee are contented to be ruled by Gods woord. And if you will be contented likewise in other matters, no dout you shall do well: MarginaliaThe Bishops fayre wordes to Richard Woodman.therefore gentle goodman Woodman be ruled. God hath geuē you a good wit. I protest before God, I would you should do as well as mine owne soule and body, and so would (I dare say) all the worshipfull men in the coūtrey, as they haue reported to me.

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Wood. Why, my lord, I take God to recorde (whome I trust to serue) that I woulde be as glad to liue in rest and peace, as any man in all þe world, if I might. And I stand to learne, & am contented to be reformed of any thing that I hold, if it can be prooued that it be not agreable to gods woorde. And the truthe is so, I haue talked with a dosen Priests at the least, since I was deliuered out of prison, of certaine matters, and they haue not ben able to certify me in any thing that I haue asked them: MarginaliaRichard Woodman complayned of by vnlearned Priestes which could not certyfie him in matters of religion.and therefore haue they complained on me to the Sheriffe and Iustices, making tales and lies on me, to tourne me to displeasure, as muche as in them lieth. I promise you, there be as manye vnlearned Priests in your dioces, as in any one dioces in England I thinke: the more it is to be lamented.

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Chich. I promise you, I do much lament it my selfe: for I heare say no lesse: but it is true that you say. I woulde I could remedy it, but I can not: but I wil doe the best that I can, when I come into the countrey, and I wil be glad to talke with you some other time, when I am somewhat better at ease. You see I am very tender nowe, as I haue bene this halfe yeare and more. Come to dinner: our dinner is ready. I caused not you to tarie for any great chere that you shall haue, nor I would you should not thincke that I goe about to winne you with my meate. But you be welcome with all my heart. Come, sit downe.

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Wood. I thanked him, and wēt to dinner: and there dined with him a Marchant man, one of the sheriffes men, and I, and no mo, & we had good chere, God be praised therefore. We had no talke of the scriptures all þe dinner while: MarginaliaA Byshoplyke dinner without any talke of Scriptures.but when dinner was done, the bishop saide.

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Chich. Now cal M. Stories man. For the commissioners haue committed you to prison: but I wil sende for you or euer it be long, and I pray God I may doe you good. I would be very glad of it.

Wood. If it please you to send for me, I woulde be verye glad to talk with you, for I like your talke wel. And then if it please your Lordship to examine me vpon any particular matter, I will shew you my minde therein, by gods grace, without dissimulation. But I pray you let me haue nothing to doe wyth M. Storie, MarginaliaD. story a man without reason.for he is a man wythout reason, me thinke.

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Chich. Wel, or euer you goe, how say you to the vij. Sacraments? Let me heare what you say to them, þt I maye be the willinger to send for you againe.

Marginalia7. Sacramentes denyed.Wood. I know not vij. Sacraments.

Chich. Then what shall I talke with you? Howe many doe you know?

MarginaliaTwo onely Sacramentes.Wood. I knowe but two: one the sacrament of baptisme, and the other the supper of the Lorde. But if you can iustly prooue by Gods woord, that there be more then two, I stand to be reformed.

Chich. If I prooue not vij. by Gods woord, then beleue me not: and so he bade me farewell.

Then the Sheriffes two men, and one of doc. Stories men, caried me to doc. Cookes house, which doctor Cooke commaunded them to carie me to the Sheriffes prisone in Southwarke: saying, he shall be called before vs agayne shortly and all his fellowes, and we shal dispatch them for troubling the countrey any more.

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MarginaliaRichard Woodman caryed to the Marshalsey.And so I was brought to the Marshalsea: where I now am mery (God be praised therfore) loking for iudgement of my flesh: for they intende to dispatch me shortly, if God will geue them leaue: but God hath theyr hearts in his hāds, and they can do nothing to me, but as God wil geue them leaue. Wherefore I commit my cause to God onely, and I am sure there shall not one haire of my head pearish without my heauenly fathers wil, MarginaliaLuke 22. 

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althogh I bide neuer so much trouble. Iob pearished not for all his trouble, although God gaue the deuil leaue to trouble and try him diuers & many waies, as God hath suffered MarginaliaThe deuills members persecutors of the Christians.his members to trouble and trie mee diuers and many waies, I praise God. They shall as little preuaile against my faith)

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I haue no mistrust) as þe deuil preuailed not against MarginaliaIob.Iob, whatsoeuer they doe with my goodes, life or body. For he that kept Iob in al his trouble, MarginaliaPsal. 121.neither slombreth nor slepeth, but keepeth me & all his electe, that whether we liue or die, it shall be to the praise and glory of God. MarginaliaRom 14For if we liue, we liue at the Lordes wil, and if we die, we die to the Lordes will: so, whether we liue or die, we are þe Lordes, blessed be his name therefore.

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MarginaliaRichard Woodman to the faythfull brethren.Wherfore, dere brethren and sisters, to whom this my wryting shall come, be of good cheare and feare not what man can do vnto you. For they can but kill the body: but feare him that hath power to kill both body and soul. And yet once againe I bid you be of good cheare. For the Sheriffe with diuers other Gentlemen and Priests, whilest I was at the Sheriffes house, said to me that all þe heretikes in the coūtrey hong on me, as the people did in times past vpon S. Augustine, or S. Ambrose, or such like. Wherfore said they, looke well on it, you haue a great thing to aunswer for. To the which I answered: I pray God lay nothing more to my charge, then he will doe for heresie, as I am sure he will not. MarginaliaPsal. 103.For he hath set my siunes as far from me, as it is from the East to the West: So that I am sure they shall neuer come neare to mee anye more. Yea, & that they call heresie, wee serue God withall. And I am sure MarginaliaThose that feare God hang not on man.there is no man nor woman that hangeth on me, but on God. But yet that is their imaginations and thoughtes, that if they might winne me to them, they should winne a great many likewise: and thinking to kill mee, if they can not win me, as I trust in God, and am sure they shall neuer by Gods grace, if it were possible to kill me x. times: for MarginaliaThe inseparable knot of loue betweene Christ and his members.I am so linked to Christ in a chaine by Faith, that it is vnpossible for men to loose vs a sunder, neither for life nor death. I praise my Lord God therfore. And no dout their full intent and purpose is to kill me, thinking thereby to make other afraide. Which death of my body were best of al for me, if God were so pleased. But if I may liue for the comfort of other, his name be praised therefore. I knowe what he can doe: but what he will do, I know not. But if death be offred me, so that I can not refuse it , without displeasing of God, I trust in God I shal not offēd my brethren in receiuing of death, but shall be rather an occasion of the strengthening of their faith, by chusing & receiuing of it, and that with ioy. MarginaliaChrfstians ought to geue there liues for defence of the Gospell, if they be thereto called.For as Christ hath geuen hys life for vs, so ought we to geue our liues for the defence of the gospel, and comfort of our brethren. And whereas the byshop sayeth, he will prooue vij. sacraments, be you oute of doubt he shal neuer be able to doe it, no more then he hath prooued other arguments with me already.

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Thus fare ye well frō the Marshalsey, where I now am, as a sheepe appoynted to be slaine, God be praised therefore.

The second examination of Richard Woodman, before the bishop of Chichester, two of his Chapleines: and D. Story at the last came to vs, the xxvij. day of Aprill. 
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A manuscript copy of the first two-thirds of this examination survives among Foxe's papers: BL, Harley MS 425, fos. 102r-103v.

MarginaliaThe second examination of Rich. Woodman, before D. Christopherson, Bishop of Chichester, Doct. Story &c.FIrst, I was sent for to the Marshalsey by Doctor Storie, and was caried to his house beside S. Nicholas Shambles: and when I had spoken to him, he sent me to the bishop of Chichester, and sayde, he would come to him his selfe straight way: and when we were in the Bishops Hall, we had not taried long, but the Bishop sent for me: and when I came before him, I did my duetie to him as much as I could.

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Chich. Then said the Bishop: You be welcome: howe doe you nowe?

Wood. Well, I praise God, thanking your Lordship for the gentle talke that you hadde with me at my last departing from you.

Chich. Well, goodman Woodman, I haue sent for you of loue & good wil that I bare to you, to talke with you: and I would haue you to tel me your minde in few woordes. For in dede the last time that I talked with you, our talke was so long, that I fell into a great drieth thereby, & haue bene the worse in my body euer since. Wherefore I praye you shew me your minde briefly, in those particular matters that I shall demaunde of you, according to your promise that you made when you were with me the last time. How say you, will you?

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Wood. Yea forsooth: I will answere to any thing that you shall demaund of me (by Gods helpe) as wel as I can.

Chich. Howe say you by the vij. Sacramentes? for there we leaft off, and there we will begin againe. You sayde then there were but two. How say you now to it? wil you denie all sauing two?

Wood. I say now, as I sayd then. You sayd, there be vij. sacraments, and I said, I knew but two: MarginaliaProuing of 7. Saciamentes.but if you could

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