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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Mr WallerFressingfield
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Mr Waller

Under-sheriff of Laxfield, Suffolk.

Master Thurston, Master Waller and Thomas Lovel prepared the place for Noyes' execution. 1570, p. 2217, 1576, p. 1914, 1583, p. 2022.

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Fresingfield, Fresyngfielde
NGR: TM 261 775

A parish in the hundred of Hoxne, county of Suffolk. 7.25 miles east-north-east from Eye. The living is a vicarage, with the rectory of Withensdale annexed in the Archdeaconry of Suffolk, diocese of Norwich

English information from Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (S. Lewis & Co: London, 1831)

Scottish information from Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland (S. Lewis & Co: London, 1846)

Welsh information taken from Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales(Lewis & Co: London, 1840)

The reason for the use of these works of reference is that they present the jurisdictional and ecclesiastical position as it was before the major Victorian changes. The descriptions therefore approximate to those applying in the sixteenth century, after the major changes of 1535-42. Except for the physical locations, which have not changed, the reader should not therefore take these references as being accurate in the twenty-first century.

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Queene Mary. The Martyrdome of Iohn Noyes. His letter to his wyfe.

MarginaliaAnno 1557. Laxfield to bee burned, MarginaliaIohn Noyes brought to the place of Martyrdome.and on the next day mornyng was brought to the stake where was ready agaynst hys commyng, the foresayd Iustice M. Thurstō, one M. Waller then beyng vnder shiriffe, and M. Tho. Louell beyng high Constable, as is before expressed, the which commanded men to make redy all things meete for that sinful purpose. MarginaliaThe fire put out in the towne where Iohn Noyes should be burned.Nowe the fire in most places of the streete was put out, sauyng a smoke was espied by the said Tho. Louell proceeding out from the top of a chimney, to which house the shiriffe and Grannow his man went, and brake open the dore and thereby got fire and brought the same to the place of execution. When Iohn Noyes came to the place where he should be burned, he kneeled downe and sayde the 50. Psalme, with other prayers, and then they making haste bound hym to the stake, and beyng bounde, the sayd Iohn Noyes sayd: Feare not them that can kill the body, but feare hym that can kill both bodye and soule, and cast it into euerlastyng fire.

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When he saw his sister weeping and making mone for him, he bade her MarginaliaThe words of Iohn Noyes to his sister.that she should not weepe for hym, but weepe for her sinnes.

Then one Nich. Cadman beyng Hastler,  

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One "that rostythe mete, assator" (Prompt. Parvulorum, p. 229). Humphrey de Bohun, Earl of Essex, among the household servants named in his will, 1361, as "potager, ferour, barber, ewer," &c. mentions "Will de Barton, hastiler." (Royal Wills, p. 52.) The derivation is evidently from hasta. "Haste, a spit or broach." Cotgr.

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a valiaunt champion in the Popes affaires, brought a fagotte and set agaynst him: and the said Ioh. Noyes tooke vp the fagot and kissed it, and sayd: Blessed bee the tyme that euer I was borne to come to this.

Then he deliuered his Psalter to the vndershirife, desiring him to be good to his wyfe and children, & to deliuer to her that same booke: and the shiriffe promised hym that he would, notwithstāding, he neuer as yet performed his promise. Then the sayd Iohn Noyes sayd to the people: They say they can make God a piece of bread, beleeue them not.

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Then sayd he, MarginaliaThe words of Iohn Noyes to the people.good people beare witnes that I do beleeue to be saued by the merites & passion of Iesus Christ, and not by myne owne deedes: and so the fire was kindled, and burned about him, and thē he sayd: Lord haue mercy vpon me, Christ haue mercy vppon me, Sonne of Dauid haue mercy vpon me.

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MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of Iohn Noyes of Laxfield. Anno. 1557, or as some saye Anno. 1556. September.¶ The burnyng of Iohn Noyes, Martyr.
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And so he yelded vp his lyfe, and when his body was burned, they made a pit to bury the coales and ashes, and amongst the same they found one of his feet that was vnburned, whole vp to the anckle, with the hose on, and that they buried with the rest.

MarginaliaIohn Iaruis wrongfully troubled for wordes spoken at the burning of Noyes.Now while he was a burnyng, there stoode one Iohn Iaruis by, a mans seruant of the same towne, a plaine fellow, which sayd: Good Lorde, how the sinewes of hys armes shrinke vp. And there stood behynd hym one Grannow and Benet beyng the shiriffes men, and they sayd to their maister, that Iohn Iaruis said, what villeine wretches are these. And their maister bade lay hand on hym, & then they tooke hym and piniond hym, and caried hym be-

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fore the Iustice that same day, and the Iustice did eramine hym of the words aforesayd, but he denied them, and aunswered, that he sayd nothing but this: Good Lorde howe the sinews of his armes shrinke vp. But for all this þe Iustice did bynd his father and his maister in v. poundes a piece that he should be forth commyng at all tymes. And on the Wednesday next hee was broughte agayne before these Iustices, M. Thurston, and M. Kene, they sittyng at Fresingfield in Hoxton hundred, and there they did appoint and commaund that the sayd Iohn Iaruis shoulde be set in the stockes the next market day, and whipt about the market naked. But his Maister one William Iaruis did after craue friendship of the Constables, and they dyd not set him in the stockes till Sonday morning, and in the after noone they did whip hym about the market wyth a dog whip hauyng three cords, and so they let hym go.

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Some doe geue that Iohn Iaruis was whipped for saying that Nich. Cadman was Noyes Hastler, that is, such one as maketh and hasteth the fire.

The copy of a certaine letter that he sent to comforte his wyfe at such tyme as he lay in prison.

MarginaliaA letter of Iohn Noyes to his wyfe.WIfe, you desired me that I would sende you some tokens that you might remember me. As I did read in the newe Testament, I thought it good to write vnto you certayne places of the Scripture for a remembraunce. S Peter sayth: Marginalia1. Peter. 4.Derely beloued, be not troubled with this heat that is nowe come among you to try you, as though some strange thyng had happened vnto you, but reioyce in so much as ye are partakers of Christes suffryngs, that whē hys glory appeareth, ye may be mery & glad. If ye be rayled on for the name of Christ, happy are ye, for the spirit of glory, and the spirit of God resteth vpon you.

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Marginalia1. Peter. 3.It is better if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doyng, then for euill doyng.

Marginalia1. Peter. 4.See that none of you suffer as a murtherer, or as a thiefe, or an euill doer, or as a busiebody in other mens matters: but if any man suffer as a Christian man, let hym not be ashamed, but let him glorifie God in this behalfe: for the tyme is come that iudgement must begin at the house of God. If it first begin at vs, what shal the end of them be that beleue not the gospel of God? Wherfore let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit their soules to hym in well doyng

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S Paule saieth: Marginalia2. Tym. 3.All that will lyue godly in Christ Iesu, must suffer persecution.

S. Iohn saieth: Marginalia1. Iohn. 2.See that ye loue not the worlde, neither the thyngs that are in the world.

If any man loue the worlde, the loue of the father is not in him. For all that is in the world, as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of lyfe, is not of the father, but is of the world, which vanisheth away and the lust therof, but he that fulfilleth the will of God, abideth for euer.

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S. Paule saith: MarginaliaColoss. 3.If ye bee risen againe with Christ, seeke those things which are aboue, where Christ sitteth on the right hande of God. Set your affection on things that are aboue, and not on things which are on the earth.

Our Sauiour Christ sayeth: MarginaliaMath. 18.Whosoeuer shall offend one of these little ones that beleeue in me, it were better for hym that a milstone were hanged about his necke, and that he were cast into the sea.

The Prophet Dauid sayth: MarginaliaPsal. 34.Great are the troubles of the righteous, but the Lord deliuereth them out of all.

Feare the Lord ye his saintes, for they that feare hym lacke nothyng.

When the righteous crye, the Lorde heareth them and deliuereth them out of all theyr troubles: But misfortune shall slaye the vngodlye, and they that hate the righteous shall perish.

Heare oh my people. I assure thee O Israel, if thou wilt harken vnto me, there shall no strange God be in thee, neyther shalt thou worship any other God. Oh that my people would obey me, for if Israell would walke in my wayes, I should soone put downe their enemies, and turne my hande agaynst their aduersaries.

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Our Sauior Christ sayth: The Disciple is not aboue hys maister, nor yet the seruant aboue his Lord It is enough for the Disciple to be as his maister is, and that the seruant be as his Lord is. If they haue called the maister of the house Belzebub, howe much more shall they call them of his houshold so: feare not thē therefore.

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S Paule sayth: Marginalia2. Cor. 6.Set your selues therefore at large, and beare not a strangers yoke with the vnbeleuers: for what fellowship hath righteousnesse with vnrighteousnesse? what company hath light with darkenes: either what part hath the beleeuer with the Infidell? &c.  

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This is the wording of Tyndale's, and Coverdale's, and Cranmer's versions, which here commence a sentence, and connect (it will be observed) the close of verse 13 with that following. (See Bagster's Hexapla in loc.) Tyms quotes the passage with the same rendering {in Book XI}.

Wherfore come out from among them, & separate your selues now (saith the Lord) and touch none vnclean thing: so will I receiue you, and I will be a father vnto you, & ye shall be my sonnes and daughters, sayth the Lord almighty.

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