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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Curate of St Peter's, Calais

Adam Damplip was sent to the mayor's prison in Calais along with John Butler and the curate Daniel. 1570, p. 1407; 1576, p. 1199; 1583, p. 1229.

After the execution of Damplip, Massie returned to England with John Butler and Daniel the curate, who were imprisoned in the Marshalsea. They stayed there nine months until, with Butler's brother-in-law and Sir Leonard Musgrave standing surety, they were released and eventually allowed to return to Calais. 1570, p. 1407; 1576, p. 1200; 1583, p. 1229.

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Gregory Basset

(fl.1521 - 1561)

Franciscan friar. Of Bristol. In Exeter convent in its dissolution in 1558. B Th (1532/3). Numerous livings in Devon after 1538, including vicar of Branscombe, Devon (1554 - 1557) (Emden.

Gregory Basset denounced Mrs Prest for talking of scriptures even though she was uneducated. 1570, p. 2252, 1576, p. 1945, 1583, p. 2052.

[In 1561there was a warrant issued for Basset's arrest as 'a common mass-sayer'. (Emden)]

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John Kede

Of unknown occupation. Of Exeter.

John Kede visited a female martyr in prison in Exeter. 1570, p. 2252, 1576, p. 1945, 1583, p. 2052.

[Brother of William Kede]

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Robert Kede

Of unknown occupation. Of Exeter.

Kede suffered greatly throughout his life for his religious doctrine. 1570, p. 2252, 1576, p. 1945, 1583, p. 2052.

[Father of John and William Kede.]

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Walter Ralegh

Gentleman. [Father of Sir Walter Raleigh. (DNB)] [See E. Duffy, The Stripping of the Altars (London, 1992), pp. 467, 488-89.]

Walter Raleigh's wife visited Mrs Prest in prison in Exeter in 1558. 1563, p. 1737, 1570, p. 2252, 1576, p. 1945, 1583, p. 2052.

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William Kede

Of unknown occupation. Of Exeter.

William Kede visited a female martyr in prison in Exeter. 1570, p. 2252, 1576, p. 1945, 1583, p. 2052.

[Brother of John Kede]

2075 [2051]

Queene Mary. The persecution of a poore woman called Prestes Wife in Exceter.

MarginaliaAnno 1558. Nouember.eyes, and caused me to vnderstand the right vse of the blessed sacrament, which the true church doth vse, but the false church doth abuse.

MarginaliaTalke betweene the woman and a Fryer.Then stept forth an old Frier, and asked what she said of the holy Pope.

I (sayd she) say that he is Antichrist and the deuill.

Then they all laughed.

Nay (sayde she) you had more neede to weepe then to laugh, & to be sory that euer you were borne, to be the chapleines of that whore of Babilon. I defie him and all hys falshood: and get you away frō me: you do but trouble my conscience. You would haue me folow your doinges: I will first loose my life. I pray you depart.

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Why, thou foolish woman (sayd they) we come to thee for thy profite and soules health.

O Lord God (sayd she) what profite riseth by you that teach nothing but lyes for trueth? how saue you Soules , when you preach nothing but damnable lyes, and destroy soules.

How prouest thou that (sayd they?)

Do you not damne soules (sayd she) when you teache the people to worship Idolles, Stockes, and Stones, the worke of mens handes? and to worship a false GOD of your owne making, of a piece of breade, and teach that the Pope is Gods Vicar, and hath power to forgeue sinnes? and that there is a Purgatory, when Gods sonne hath by his Passion purged all? and say, you make God and sacrifice him, when Christes bodye was a Sacrifice once for all? MarginaliaFalse doctrine of the Papistes reprooued.Doe you not teach the people to number theyr sinnes in your eares, and say they be damned, if they confesse not all: when Gods word sayth: Who can number hys sinnes? Do you not promise them Trentals and Diriges, & masses for soules, and sell your prayers for money, and make them buy pardons, and trust to such foolish inuentions of your owne imaginations? Do you not altogether against God? Doe you not teache vs to pray vpon Beades, and to pray vnto Sayntes, and say they can pray for vs? Do you not make holy water and holy bread to fray Deuils? Doe you not a thousand more abhominatiōs? And yet you say, you come for my profite and to saue my soule. No, no, one hath saued me. Farewell you with your saluation. Muche other talke there was betwene her and them, which here were too tedious to be expressed.

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In the meane time during this her monethes libertye graunted to her by the Byshop, which we spake of before, it happened that she entring in saynt Peters Church, beheld there a cunning Dutchman how he made new noses to certayne fine Images whiche were disfigured in Kyng Edwardes time: What a madde man art thou (sayde she) to make them new noses, which within a few dayes shall all lose theyr heades. The Dutchman accused her, & layde it hard to her charge. And she sayd vnto him: Thou art accursed, and so are thy Images. He called her Whoore. Nay (sayd she) thy Images are Whoores, and thou art a Whore hunter: for doth not GOD say: You go a whoryng after straunge Gods, figures of your owne making? and thou art one of them. Then was she sent for, and clapped fast: and from that time she had no more liberty.

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Duringe the time of her imprisonment, diuers resorted to her, to visit her, some sent of the byshop, some of their owne voluntary will: MarginaliaThe reuolting of one Daniell a minister, from the Gospell to Popery in Q. Maryes tymeamongest whō was one Daniell a great doer and preacher sometimes of the Gospell, in the dayes of king Edward, in those parties of Cornewall and Deuonshyre, whom after that she perceiued by his owne confession, to haue reuolted from that whiche he preached before, through the grieuous imprisonmentes (as he sayd) and feare of persecution, whiche he had partly susteined by the cruell Iustices in those parties, earnestly she exhorted him to repent with Peter, and to be more constant in his profession.

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Moreouer, there resorted to her a certeine worthy gentlewoman, the wife of one Walter Rauley, 

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This was the mother of Sir Walter Raleigh, the Elizabethan courtier.

a womā of noble wit, and of a good & godly opinion, came to the prisō & talked with her: she sayd her creede to the gentlewoman, & when she came to the Article. He ascended: there she stayed, and bade the Gentlewoman to seeke his blessed bodye in heauen, not in earth, & told her playnly that God dwelleth not in temples made with handes, & that sacrament to be nothing els but a remembrance of his blessed passion, & yet (sayd she) as they nowe vse it, it is but an Idoll, & far wide from any remembrance of Christes body? which (sayd she) will not long continue, & so take it good maistres. So that as soone as she came home to her husband, she declared to him, that in her life, she neuer heard a woman (of such simplicity to see to) talk so godly, so perfectly, so sincerely, & so earnestly: in so muche that if God were not with her, shee could not speak such things: to the which I am not able to answere her (sayd she) who can read, and she can not.

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Also there came to her one MarginaliaWilliam & Iohn Kede, two godly brethren.William Kede, and Iohn his brother, not onely brethren in the flesh, but also in the truth, and men in that Country of great credite, whose father Robert Kede, all his life suffered nothing but trouble for the Gospell. These two good and faythfull brethrē were present with her, both in the hall and also at the prison, & (as they reported) they neuer heard the like woman: of so godly talke, so faythfull, or so constant, & as godly exhortations she gaue them.

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Thus this good matrone, the very seruant and handmayd of Christ, was MarginaliaThe constancy of this woman many wayes many wayes tried both by harde prisonment, threatninges, tauntes, and scornes, called an Anabaptist, a madde woman, a drunkard, a whoore, a runnagate. She was prooued by liberty to goe whither she would: she was tryed by flattery, with many fayre promises: she was tryed with her husband, her goodes and childred, but nothing could preuayle: her hart was fixed, shee had cast her anker, vtterly contēning this wicked world: A rare ensample of constancy to all professors of Christes holy Gospell.

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In the bill of my Information, it is so reported to me, that albeit shee was of suche simplicity and without learning, yet you could declare no place of Scripture, but she would tell you the Chapter: yea, she woulde recite to you the names of all the bookes of the Bible. For whiche cause one MarginaliaGregory Basset a rayling Papist.Gregory Basset a rancke Papist, sayd, she was out of her wit, and talked of the Scripture, as a dogge rangeth farre of from his mayster whē he walketh in the fieldes, or as a stolen sheepe out of his maisters handes, she wist not wherat, as all heretickes do, with many other such taūtes, which she vtterly defyed. MarginaliaThe constant patience of this woman and Martyr to be noted.Whereby as almightye God is highly to be praysed, working so mightely in such a weake vessell: so men of stronger and stouter nature, haue also to take example how to stand in like case: whē as we see this poore woman, how manfully she went through with such constancy and pacience.

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At the last, when they perceiued her to be past remedy, and had consumed all theyr threatninges, that by neyther prisonmēt nor liberty, by manaces nor flattery, they could bring her to sing any other song, nor win her to their vanities and superstitious doinges, then they cryed out, An Anabaptist, an Anabaptist. MarginaliaThe woman brought from the Bishops prison to the Guild Hall.Then at a daye they brought her from the Bishops prison to the Guildhall, & after that deliuered her to the tēporall power, according to their custome, MarginaliaExhortations to haue her recant.where shee was by the Gentlemen of the countrey exhorted yet to call for grace, & to leaue her fond opinions: And go home to thy husband (sayd they:) thou art an vnlearned woman, thou art not able to answere to such high matters.

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MarginaliaThe constant standing of this woman.I am not, sayd she: yet with my death I am content to be a witnes of Christs death: and I pray you make no lōger delay with me: my hart is fixed, I will neuer otherwise say, nor turne to theyr superstitious doinges.

Then the bishop sayd, MarginaliaBlasphemy of the Byshop.the deuill did lead her.

No my Lord (sayd she) it is the spirite of God whiche leadeth me, MarginaliaHow God reueled his truth vnto her.and which called me in my bed, & at midnight opened his truth to me. Thā was there a great shout and laughing among the priestes and other.

During the time that this good poore woman was thus vnder these priestes handes, amongest many other baytinges and sore conflictes whiche she susteyned by thē, here is moreouer not to be forgotten, howe that Mayster Blaxton aforesayd, being treasurer of the Church, had a concubine which sundry times resorted to him, with other of his gossips: so that alwayes when they came, this sayde good woman was called forth to his house, there to make his miniō with the rest of the company some myrth, he examining her with suche mocking & gyrning,  

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Cattley/Pratt, VIII, Appendix: ref page 502, line 22

{Cattley/Pratt alters 'gyrning' to 'gyring' in the text.} The first three Editions read "gyring," which is afterwards changed into "gyrning," which means "grinning:" see Nares' Glossary, and the old Edition of Latimer's Sermons (Parker Soc. Ed. i. p. 547). "Gyring," however, may mean twirling about, making antics. (See Todd's Johnson, v. "Gyre.")

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deriding the truth, that it would haue vexed any christian hart to haue seene it. Then when he had long vsed his foolishnes in this sort, & had sported himselfe enough in deriding this christian martyr: in the end he sent her to prison agayne, and there kept her very miserablye, sauing that sometimes he would send for her, when his foresayd guest came to him, to vse with her his accustomed folly aforesaid. But in fine, these vile wretches (after many combates and scoffing perswasions) whē they had played the part of the cat with the mouse, at length condemned her, and deliuered her ouer to the secular power.

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MarginaliaIudgement geuen agaynst this good woman.Then the Indictment beyng geuen and read, whiche was, that she should go to the place whence she came, and from thence to be led to the place of execution, then & there to bee burned with flames till shee shoulde bee consumed: MarginaliaShee thanketh God for her iudgement geuen.shee lifted vppe her voyce and thanked GOD, saying: I thanke thee my Lord my God, this daye haue I founde that which I haue long sought. But such outcries as ther were agayne, and such mockings were neuer seene vpō a poore seely woman: Al which she most paciently took. And

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