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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Alice Oxes

Of Norwich.

Berry punched Alice Oxes when she visited him at his house. She apparently died from the blow later that night in her home. 1563, p. 1657, 1570, p. 2233, 1576, p. 1928, 1583, p. 2036.

 
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Berry

(d. 1549) Servant to Sir Walter Mildmay

William Ombler, Thomas Dale, Henry Barton and Robert Dale took Matthew White, Clopton, Savage and Berry, murdered them, stripped their bodies and left them in a field. 1570, p. 1500; 1576, p. 1272; 1583, p. 1309.

 
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Joan [or 'Mother'] Seaman

(1492? - 1558)

Mother of William Seaman. Of Mendlesham.

Joan Seaman was married for over forty years. 1563, p. 1655, 1570, p. 2234, 1576, p. 1929, 1583, p. 2036.

She was persecuted by Sir John Tyrrel. 1563, p. 1655, 1570, p. 2234, 1576, p. 1929, 1583, p. 2036.

She had to hide from authorities in various locations. 1563, p. 1655, 1570, p. 2234, 1576, p. 1929, 1583, p. 2036.

She returned home when her husband became ill. 1563, p. 1655, 1570, p. 2234, 1576, p. 1929, 1583, p. 2036.

She died shortly after her husband. 1563, p. 1655, 1570, p. 2234, 1576, p. 1929, 1583, p. 2036.

When Symonds, the commissary, heard of the death of Mother Seaman he insisted that she not be buried in holy ground. 1563, p. 1655, 1570, p. 2234, 1576, p. 1929, 1583, p. 2036.

 
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John Norgate

(d. 1557?)

Of Norwich.

John Norgate was hunted for by Berry but died of consumption before Berry could seize him. 1563, p. 1657, 1570, p. 2233, 1576, p. 1928, 1583, p. 2036.

 
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Michael Dunning

Chancellor of Norwich (1554 - 1558?) [Fasti; DCL, 1555; Venn]

Michael Dunning is described by Foxe as one who was occupied with dispatching the godly during Mary's reign. 1563, p. 1383, 1570, p. 1952, 1576, p. 1679, 1583, p. 1786.

Robert Samuel was cruelly treated by Dr Hopton, bishop of Norwich, and/or Dr Dunnings, the chancellor [Foxe is not sure]. 1563, p. 1270, 1570, p. 1898, 1576, p. 1609, 1583, p. 1703.

Thomas Cobbe was examined by Dunning but condemned by the bishop of Norwich with Roger Coo, William Allen, James Abbes, and Robert Samuel. He was burned at Thetford in September 1556. 1563, p. 1271, 1570, p. 1884, 1576, pp. 1613-14 , 1583, p. 1708.

Dunning made a visitation to Ipswich in 1556. He examined Peter and Anne Moone. 1570, p. 2126, 1576, p. 1847, 1583, p. 1942.

He interrupted the examination of Peter Moone and his wife to tell Hopton that several prisoners (whom he described as 'heretics and Anabaptists') had been brought from Boxford, Lavenham, and the cloth country.1570, p. 2126, 1576, p. 1847, 1583, p. 1942.

As they went to leave after their examination, Dunning told Peter Moone and his wife that they had to see him, for he was sure that they were heretics. 1570, p. 2126, 1576, p. 1847, 1583, p. 1942.

Edmund Poole was examined by Dunning, chancellor of Norwich, and Mings, the registrar of the town of Beccles.1563, p. 1521, 1570, p. 2092, 1576, p. 1793, 1583, p. 1912.

Hopton and Dunning left Ipswich without reexamining Anne and Peter Moone. 1570, p. 2126, 1576, p. 1847, 1583, p. 1942.

After Thomas Spicer was examined and condemned by Dunning he was handed over to Sir John Silliard. 1563, p. 1521, 1570, p. 2093, 1576, p. 1793, 1583, p. 1912.

John Denny was examined by Dunning, chancellor of Norwich, and Mings, the registrar of the town of Beccles.1563, p. 1521, 1570, p. 2092, 1576, p. 1793, 1583, p. 1912.

A papist brought Simon Miller before Dunning, who spoke with him and then committed him to ward. 1563, p. 1602, 1570, p. 2197, 1576, p. 1896, 1583, p. 2005.

During his examination, Miller's confession was discovered hidden in his shoe. Miller reaffirmed his confession before Dunning. 1563, p. 1602, 1570, p. 2197, 1576, p. 1896, 1583, p. 2005.

Crashfield was first examined by Dunning. 1563, p. 1616, 1570, p. 2204, 1576, p. 1902, 1583, p. 2010.

Crashfield was again examined by Dunning and Brydges, at which time he was asked to speak with Dr Pore. 1563, p. 1617, 1570, p. 2205, 1576, p. 1903, 1583, p. 2011.

Crashfield was condemned by Dunning. 1563, p. 1617, 1570, p. 2206, 1576, p. 1903, 1583, p. 2011.

On 23 July 1557 Cicely Ormes was called before Dunning and Brydges, at which time she was condemned. 1563, p. 1618, 1570, p. 2219, 1576, p. 1915, 1583, p. 2023.

Ormes wrote to Dunning about her recantation. 1563, p. 1618, 1570, p. 2219, 1576, p. 1915, 1583, p. 2023.

Noyes was condemned by the bishop of Norwich before Dunning, Sir W. Woodhouse, Sir Thomas Woodhouse, George Heyden, Master Spense, W. Farrar (alderman), Master Thurston, Winesden and others. 1570, p. 2217, 1576, p. 1913, 1583, p. 2021.

Thomas Spurdance was examined before Michael Dunning, chancellor of Norwich. 1563, pp. 1634-36, 1570, pp. 2220-21, 1576, pp. 1916-17, 1583, p. 2024.

Michael Dunning died in Lincolnshire while sitting in a chair. . 1570, p. 2298, 1576, p. 1990, 1583, p. 2101.

 
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'Mother' Benet

(d. 1558)

Widow. Of Mendlesham.

Mother Benet was persecuted out of the town of Mendlesham. 1570, p. 2234, 1576, p. 1929, 1583, p. 2036.

She returned home secretly and died there. 1570, p. 2234, 1576, p. 1929, 1583, p. 2036.

Sir John Tyrrel and Symonds would not allow her to be buried in the churchyard. 1570, p. 2234, 1576, p. 1929, 1583, p. 2036.

Benet asked a friend of Mother Seaman's how she (Seaman) was. 1570, p. 2234, 1576, p. 1929, 1583, p. 2037.

She discussed good works and covetousness with her husband. 1570, p. 2234, 1576, p. 1929, 1583, p. 2037.

[Not related to Edward Benet.]

 
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Sir John Tyrrel

Of Gipping Hall, Suffolk. JP in Suffolk (1555) [SP11/5, no. 6; Calendar of the Patent Rolls, Philip and Mary, 3, 257.]

Thomas Spicer refused to follow Sir John Tyrrel's commandment to go to church. 1563, p. 1521, 1570, p. 2092, 1576, p. 1793, 1583, p. 1912.

The following were persecuted by John Tyrrel and forced to flee Winston: Mrs. Alice Thwaites and two of her servants; Humphrey Smith and his wife; William Catchpool and his wife; Rought and his wife; Nicholas Birlingham and his wife. 1563, p. 1522, 1570, p. 2093, 1576, p. 1806, 1583, p. 1912.

The following were persecuted by Tyrrel and forced to flee Mendlesham: Simon Harlstone and Katherine, his wife; Thomas Dobson and his wife; Thomas Hubbard and his wife; John Doncon, and his wife and maid; William Doncon; Thomas Woodward the elder; Konnold's wife; a poor widow; Mother Semon's maid; William Whyting. He was assisted in this persecution by Sir John Brodish, the parish priest. 1563, p. 1522, 1570, p. 2093, 1576, p. 1806, 1583, p. 1912.

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Tyrrel commanded George Revet and Thomas Mouse to apprehend Adam Foster. He also commanded Robert Kereth to apprehend Robert Lawson. 1563, p. 1529, 1570, p. 2099, 1576, p. 1811, 1583, p. 1918.

Thomas Lovel, chief constable of 'Hoxne Hundred', and John Jacob and William Stannard, under-constables of the town of Laxfield, Suffolk, with Wolfren Dowsing and Nicholas Stannard, both catholics, were commanded to appear before Thurston, John Tyrrel, Master Kene, and John Sylliard (high sheriff) in September 1557. 1570, p. 2217, 1576, p. 1913, 1583, p. 2021.

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William Seaman was originally searched for by Sir John Tyrrel, who later set Robert Baulding and James Clarke to look for him. 1563, p. 1655, 1570, p. 2232, 1576, p. 1927, 1583, p. 2035.

After being questioned by Sir John Tyrrel, William Seaman was sent before Bishop Hopton who then condemned him. 1563, p. 1655, 1570, p. 2232, 1576, p. 1927, 1583, p. 2035.

Sir John Tyrrel and Symonds would not allow Mother Benet to be buried in the churchyard. 1570, p. 2234, 1576, p. 1929, 1583, p. 2036.

 
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Symonds

Commissary of Mendlesham, Kent.

When Symonds, the commissary, heard of the death of Mother Seaman he insisted that she not be buried in holy ground. 1563, p. 1655, 1570, p. 2234, 1576, p. 1929, 1583, p. 2036.

Sir John Tyrrel and Symonds would not allow Mother Benet to be buried in the churchyard. 1570, p. 2234, 1576, p. 1929, 1583, p. 2036.

 
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William Seaman

(1522? - 1558)

Husbandman. Martyr. Of Mendlesham, Suffolk.

William Seaman was originally searched for by Sir John Tyrrel, who later set Robert Baulding and James Clarke to look for him. 1563, p. 1655, 1570, p. 2232, 1576, p. 1927, 1583, p. 2035.

Baulding was Seaman's near neighbour and trusted friend. 1563, p. 1655, 1570, p. 2232, 1576, p. 1927, 1583, p. 2035.

Baulding was taken ill after a strange light fell upon him and later died. 1563, p. 1655, 1570, p. 2232, 1576, p. 1927, 1583, p. 2035.

After being questioned by Sir John Tyrrel, William Seaman was sent before Bishop Hopton who then condemned him. 1563, p. 1655, 1570, p. 2232, 1576, p. 1927, 1583, p. 2035.

Seaman had three children and a wife, who was persecuted out of the town and all her goods were seized by Christopher Cole. 1563, p. 1655, 1570, p. 2232, 1576, p. 1927, 1583, p. 2035.

William Seaman was burned at Norwich on 19 May 1558. 1563, p. 1655, 1570, p. 2232, 1576, p. 1927, 1583, p. 2035.

 
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Berry [Bury]
NGR: SD 805 105

A parish, comprising the market town of Bury, 3 chapelries and 2 townships in the hundred of Salford, and 5 townships in the higher division of the hundred of Blackburn, county Palatine of Lancaster, 9 miles north-north-west from Manchester. The living is a rectory in the Archdeaconry and diocese of Chester.

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

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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Marsham
Marsham
NGR: TG 197 240

A parish in the southern division of the hundred of Erpingham, county of Norfolk. 2 miles south from Aylsham. The living is a discharged rectory in the Archdeaconry and 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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Mendlesham
Mendlesham
NGR: TM 105 655

A parish in the hundred of Hartismere, county of Suffolk. 15.5 miles north-north-west from Ipswich. The living is a vicarage in the Archdeaconry of Sudbury, 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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Thorndon
Thorndon
NGR: TM 136 697

A parish in the hundred of Hartismere, county of Suffolk. 3.25 miles south by west from Eye. The living is a rectory in the Archdeaconry of Sudbury, 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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Wetheringsett
Wetherset by Mendlesham
NGR: TM 127 669

A parish in the hundred of Hartismere, county of Suffolk. 2.25 miles east-north-east from Mendlesham. The living is a discharged rectory in the Archdeaconry of Sudbury, 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. Seaman, Carman, Hudson, martyred at Norwiche

MarginaliaAnno 1558. Maye.at Norwich, called Lollards Pit. And being al there, they made their humble prayers vnto the Lorde. That beyng done, they rose and went to the stake, and standing al ther with their chaynes about them, immediately this sayde Thomas Hudson commeth foorth from them vnder the Chayne, MarginaliaThomas Hudson commeth from vnder the chayne to praye. to the great wonder of many: whereby diuers feared and greatly doubted of hym. For some thought hee would haue recanted: other iudged rather that he went to aske a further day, and to desire conference, and some thought he came forth to aske some of hys parentes blessing. So some thought one thinge and some an other: but hys two companions at the stake cryed out to him to comforte him what they coulde, exhorting him in the bowelles of Christ to be of good cheare. &c. But this sweete Hudson, felt more in hys heart, and conscience, then they could conceaue in him. MarginaliaHudson carefull to haue the feeling of Christ.For (alas good soule) he was compassed (God knoweth) with great dolour and griefe of minde, not for hys death, but for lacke of feeling of his Christ, and therefore beyng verye carefull he humbly fell downe vppon his knees, and prayed vehemently and earnestly vnto the Lord, MarginaliaHudson satisfied of his desire.who at the last according to hys olde mercies sent him comfort, and thē rose he with great ioy, as a man new chaunged euen from death to life, and sayd:

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Now I thanke God I am strong, and passe not what man can do vnto me. So going to þe stake to his fellowes agayne, in the end they all suffered most ioyfully, constātly, and manfully the deathe together, and were consumed in fire, to the terror of the wicked, the comforte of Gods Children, and the magnifiyng of the Lordes name, who be praysed therfore, for euer, Amen.

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MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of William Seaman, Thomas Carman, & Thomas Hudson, at Norwiche. Anno. 1558. Maye. 19.Three godly Martyrs burned at Norwich.
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Another example of the lack of a block to illustrate three men in one pyre.

After this, the forenamed Commissarye Berry made great stirre about other which were suspected within the sayd towne of Aylsham, and caused two hundred to creep to the crosse at Penticost, besides other punishmentes which they sustayned.

MarginaliaBerry striketh a pore man whervpon he dyed.On a tyme this Berry gaue a poore man of his parish of Marsham, a blowe with the swingell of a flayle, for a worde speaking, that presently thereon he dyed, and the sayd Berry (as is sayd) held vpp his hande at the Barre therefore.

MarginaliaBerry striketh a pore woman whereupon she dyed.Then, after that in his parishe of Aylesham  

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The following additional matter appears in Edition 1563, p. 1707. "Before mention is made, p. 1655, of one Berye of Ailsam in Norfolke, Commissary, who in Quene Maryes dayes emong other his cruel actes, with one Thomas Knowles a proctor in the Byshops courte, persecuted in the sayd Towne one William Harrison a schole maister, a man very grave and godly, and one who much profited in that vocation, wherby he was faine to flye from his wyfe and children to Bennet Colledge in Cambridge, where he falling sicke came home againe, and lieng very weke in his bed, one of Syr Richard Southwelles men came to him, called maister St. ... and thretned to burne him, and that hys goods should be confiscate to the Quene, if he would not be ordered to obey the lawe, &c. So that he upon theire cruel threates died peacyble in the Lord of that sicknes: hys name therfore be praised: Amen."

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also, ann. 1557. there was one Alice Oxes came to his house, and going into the Hall, hee meeting her (being before moued) smote her with his fist, whereby shee was fayne to be caryed home, and the next day was founde dead in her chamber. 
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At this point in the 1563 edition, passages occur describing the persecution of a schoolmaster named William Harrison by Berry. These passages were deleted from the 1570 edition.

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To write how many concubines and whores he had, none would beleue it, but such as knew him in the countrey he dwelt in. He was riche and of great authoritie, a great swearer, altogether geuen to women, and persecuting the Gospell, and compelling men to idolatry.

MarginaliaIohn Norgate a Confessour.One Iohn Norgate a man learned, godly, and zelous who would not goe to their trashe, but rather dye, being sore hunted by the sayd Berry, prayed hartely to God, and

the Lorde shortly after in a consumption deliuered hym. MarginaliaThe rage of Berry.Notwithstanding, the rage of this wicked manne waxed more fiercer and fiercer. Hee troubled sundry men, burnt all good bookes that he could get, and diuorsed many men and women for religion.

When he heard say that Queene Mary was dead, and the glory of theyr triumph quayled, the sonday after, being the xix. 

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of Nouember. an. 1558. MarginaliaBerry maketh a feast, whereat is one of his Concubines.he made a great feast, & had one of hys concubines there, with whome he was in his chamber after dinner vntill Euensong. Then went he to Church, where hee had ministred Baptisme, and in going from Church homeward, after euensong, betweene the churchyard and his house, being but a little space (as it were a churchyarde bredth asunder) MarginaliaGods punishment, and terrible end of Berry.he fell downe sodainly to the ground with a heauy grone, and neuer stirred after, neyther shewed any one token of repentaunce. Thys hapned his neighbors being by to the example of al other The Lord graunt we may obserue his iudgementes. MarginaliaBerryes goodes consumeth as wax agaynst the fire.And those that had his great riches, since his death haue so consumed with them, that they be poorer now then they were before they had his goodes, such iudgement hath the Lord executed to the eyes of all men.

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MarginaliaGods punishment vpō Dunning Chauncellour of Norwiche.At that tyme one Dunning, Chauncellor of Lincolne (which in some part of Queene Maryes dayes was Chācellor of Norwiche, and a very mercilesse tyrant as liued) died in Lincolnshyre of as sodayne a warning, as the sayd Berry dyed.

Thus haue I shewed thee (good reader) the constancie, boldnes, and glorious victory of these happy Martyrs as also the tyrannicall cruelty of that vnfortunate Commissary, and his terrible end. The Lorde graunt wee may all effectually honour the iudgementes of God, and feare to displease his holy Maiesty, Amen.

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The persecution of mother Seman.

MarginaliaIane Seaman also persecuted by Syr Iohn Tyrrell.ABout this tyme, or somewhat before, was one Ioane Seman, 

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mother to the foresayd William Seman, being of the age of 66. yeares, persecuted of the sayde Syr Iohn Tyrrell also out of the towne of Mendlesham aforesayd, because she would not goe to masse, and receyue agaynst her conscience. Which good old woman being frō her house, was glad sometime to lye in bushes, groues, & fieldes, and sometyme in her neighbors house, when shee could. And her husband beyng at home, about the age of 80. yeares, fell sicke: and she hearing thereof, with speede returned home to her house agayn, MarginaliaThe duety of a good wyfe.not regarding her life but considering her duetie, and shewed her dilligence to her husband most faythfully, vntill God tooke him awaye by death. Then by Gods prouidence she fell sicke also, and departed this lyfe within her owne house shortly after. And when one M. Simondes the Commissarye heard of it, dwelling thereby in a towne called Thorndon, MarginaliaSimondes the Commissarye, would not let mother Seaman be buryed in the Churchyearde.he commaunded straitely that she shuld be buryed in no Christian buriall (as they call it) where through her frendes wer compelled to lay her in a pit vnder a motes side. Her husband and she kept a good house, and had a good report amongest theyr neighbours, willing alwayes to receiue straungers, and to comfort the poore and sicke, and lyued together in the holy estate of Matrimony very honestly aboue forty yeares, and shee departed thys life willingly & ioyfully, with a steadfast fayth and a good remembraunce of Gods promise  
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in Christ Iesus.

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The persecution of mother Benet.

IN the sayde time of Queene Mary, there dwelte in the towne of Wetherset by Mendlesham aforesayde, a very honest woman called MarginaliaMother Benet a Confessour.mother Bennet, a widowe whiche was persecuted out of the same towne because she woulde not goe to masse and other theyr beggarly ceremonyes: but at the last shee returned home agayne secretly to her house, and there departed this lyfe ioyfully. MarginaliaSyr Iohn Tyrrell and Maister Simondes would not suffer mother Benet, to be buryed in the Churchyearde.But Syr I. Tyrrell & M. Simondes the Commissary, would not let her be buryed in the Churchyarde. So was she layde in a graue by the high way side.

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The same good old woman mother Benet, in þe tyme of persecution, met one of the sayd mother Semans neighbours, and asked her how the sayd mother Seman did, & she aunswered that she did very wel, God be thanked. Oh (sayd she) mother Seman hath slept a great sleepe before me: for she was neuer couetous that I could perceiue. MarginaliaThe charitable almoses of mother Seaman, to be noted.Her husband in his mirth would say vnto her: O woman if thou were sparing, thou mightest haue saued me an C. markes more then thou hast. To the whiche shee woulde aunswere agayne gently and saye: O man be content, and let vs be thankefull, for God hath geuen vs enough if we can see it. Alas good husband would shee saye, I tell you

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