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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John BoswellWilliam Simuel
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John Boswell

Bonner's scribe.

John Boswell took part in the examination of several prisoners at Colchester on 23 June 1557. 1563, p. 1607, 1570, p. 2202, 1576, p. 1899, 1583, p. 2007.

He took part in the examination of several prisoners in Colchester on 19 October 1557. 1563, p. 1610, 1570, p. 2202, 1576, p. 1900, 1583, p. 2008.

He wrote to Bonner on 24 October 1557 enclosing the depositions of several prisoners in Colchester. 1563, p. 1610, 1570, p. 2202, 1576, p. 1900, 1583, p. 2008.

The prisoners in Colchester referred to by Boswell in his letter to Bonner were: Elizabeth Wood, Christian Hare, Rose Fletcher, Joan Kent, Agnes Stanley, and Margaret Simson. 1563, p. 1610, 1570, p. 2202, 1576, p. 1900, 1583, p. 2008.

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William Simuel

Bailiff of Colchester.

On 7 March 1557 at two o'clock in the morning, Edmund Tyrrel took William Simuel, the bailiff of Colchester, and two constables of Great Bentley, John Baker and William Harris, to the house of William Mount and his family in order to arrest them. 1570, p. 2199, 1576, p. 1897, 1583, p. 2006.

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Queene Mary. The burning of Rose Allins hand by Ed. Tyrrell persecutour.
MarginaliaAnno 1557 August A Letter sent to Boner Byshop of London, from Syr Thomas Tye Priest.

MarginaliaTyes letter to Bishop Boner.RIght honourable Lord, after my bounden duety done in most humble wise, these shall be to signify vnto your Lordship the state of our parties concerning religion. And first since the comming downe of the 24. rancke hereticks dismissed from you, the detestable sort of Schismaticks were neuer so bold since the king and Queenes Maiesties reignes as they are nowe at this present. In Muchbently where your Lordship is Patrone of the Churche, since Williā Mount, & Alice his wife, with Rose Allin her daughter came home, they doe not onely absent themselues from the church, and seruice of God but do dayly allure many other away from the same, which before did outwardly shew signes & tokens of obedience.

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They assemble together vpon the Sabbaoth day in the time of diuine seruice, sometimes in one house, sometime in an other, and there keepe theyr priuy conuenticles and scholes of heresy. The Iurates sayth, the Lordes Commission is out, & they are discharged of theyr othe The Quest men in your Archdeacons visitation alleadged that forasmuch as they were once presented & now sent home they haue no more to do with them nor none other Your Officers sayth, namely Mayster Boswell, that the Coūsell sent them not home without a great consideration. I praye God some of your Officers proue not fauorers of hereticks. The rebels are stout in the Towne of Colchester.

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The ministers of the Church are hemd at in the open streets, and called knaues. The blessed Sacrament of the aultar is blasphemed and rayled vpon in euery Alehouse and Tauerne. Prayer and fasting is not regarded. Seditious talkes and newes are rife, both in towne and countrey, in as ample and large manner, as though there had no honorable Lords and Commissioners bene sent for reformation thereof. The occasion riseth partly by reason of Iohn Lone of Colchester Hieth (a peruerse place) which Iohn Lone was twise indicted of heresye, and thereupon fled with his wife and householde, and his goodes seased within the Towne of Colchester, to the King and Queenes Maiesties vse. Neuerthelesse the sayd Iohn is come home agayne, and nothing sayde or done to him. Whereupon the heretickes are wonderfully encouraged, to the no litle discomfort of good and Catholicke people, which dayly prayeth to God for the profite, vnity, and restauration of his Church agayne, whiche thing shall come the sooner to passe, through the trauell and paynes of such honourable Lordes and reuerend fathers, as your good Lordshippe is, vnto whome I wish long life and continuaunce, with encrease of much honour.

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From Colchester the xviij. of December.

Your humble Bedes man Thomas Tye Priest.

When Iudasly this wicked Prieste had thus wrought his malice agaynst the people of god, within a while after, the stormes began to arise agaynste those poore persecuted William Mount and his company, 

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See 1563, pp. 1563-67; 1570, pp. 2156-59; 1576, pp. 1864-65 and 1583, pp. 1971-74.

wherby they were enforced to hide themselues from the heat thereof. And continuing so a litle space at last, the vij. day of March. an. 1557. being the first Sonday in Lent, and by 2. of the clock in the morning, one Maister Edmund Tyrrell (who came of the house of that Tyrrels which murdered king Edward the v. and his brother) tooke with him the Bailiffe of the hundred called MarginaliaW. Simuell, Iohn Baker, W. Harries persecutors.William Simuell, dwelling in Colchester, and the two Cōstables of Muchbently aforesayd named Iohn Baker & William Harries with diuers other, a great nūber: & besetting the house of the said William Mount roūd about, called to them at length to open the doore, which being done M. Tyrrell with certein of his cōpany, went into the chamber where the sayd father Mount and his wife lay, willing them to rise: MarginaliaThe taking of W. Munt, his wyfe, and Rose Allin their daughter.for (sayd he) ye must goe wyth vs to Colchester Castle. Mother Mount hearing that, beyng very sicke, desired that her daughter might first fetche her some drinke: for she was (she sayd) very ill at ease.

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Then he gaue here leaue & bad her go. So her daughter the forenamed Rose Allin, mayde, tooke a stone pot in one hand, & a candle in the other, & went to draw drink for her mother: & as she came back again through the house, Tyrrel met her, & willed to geue her father & mother good coūsell, and to aduertise them to be better Catholicke people.

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Rose. Syr, they haue a better instructour then I. For the holy Ghost doth teach them I hope, which I trust wil not suffer them to erre.

Tyrrell. Why, sayd Mayster Tyrrell, art thou still in that minde, thou noughty houswife? Mary it is time to look vpon such heretickes in deed.

MarginaliaTalke betweene Edmund Tyrrell and Rose Allin.Rose. Syr, with that which you call heresy, do I worshyp my Lord God. I tell you troth.

Tyrrell. Then I perceiue you will burne, gossip, with the rest, for companies sake.

Rose. No syr, not for companies sake, but for my Christes sake, if so I be compelled, and I hope in his mercies, if he call me to it, he will enable me to beare it.

Tyrrell. So he turning to his companye, sayde: Syrs thys gossip wil burne: do ye not thinke it? Mary sir, quoth one, proue her, and you shall see what she will do by and by.

The burning of Rose Allins hand, by Edmund Tyrrell, as she was going to fetch drinke for her Mother, lying sicke in her bedde.
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As the Marian persecution reaches its peak, Bishop Bonner, Foxe's arch-villain, receives an increasing coverage of pictorial denigration and caricature. Readers learned how to recognize his features, as well as his grotesque activities. This event is a close parallel to the earlier burning of Tomkins' hand, carried out by Bonner himself. The actor here is Thomas Tyrrell, presented as a man of murderous bloodline. He holds the sufferer's hand in the candle flame - just as Bonner had held Tomkins' - till the household could hear the sinews crack. The girl triumphantly endures, though she might have attacked her torturer with the pitcher of water her bedridden mother is waiting for. The inset scene of three martyrs praying in flames makes visually explicit the obvious links between two sorts of trial by fire, and Foxe's text returns to his earlier parallel in Livy of King Porsena and the burning of M. Scaevola's hand, and gives yet another example of Bonner's hand burning.

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Cattley/Pratt, VIII, Appendix: ref page 385

Foxe states in his first Edition (pp. 1706-7), that he introduced the plate ... "to thentent that he which was the doer therof, beholding the cruelty of the dede, may come the soner to repentance ... God graunt that he that was the doer and the cause therof, as he hath lyfe and fayre warning geven him of God to repente, may have lyke grace withal to lament and repent betime, least peradventure he feele hereafter the bitter taste of God's revenging rodde as the other have done besides."

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