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. Gods punishment vpon persecutors, and contemners of the Gospell.

MarginaliaAnno 1558.haue gone withall. But when was the Realme of England more barren of all Gods blessinges? what Prince euer raigned here more shorter time, or lesse to his owne hartes ease then didde Queene Mary?

MarginaliaConstable of Fraunce.The Constable of Fraunce when he conuented with GOD, that if he had victory at S Quintines, he would set vpon Geneua, thought (no doubt) that he had made a great good bargaine with God: Much like to Iulian the Emperour, who going against the Persians, made his vow that if he spedde well, he would offer the bloud of Christians. But what did God? came not both theyr vowes to like effect?

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The examples of such as reuolted from the Gospell to Papistry, be not many: but as fewe as they were, scarse can any be found which began to turne to the Pope, but the Lord began to turne from them, and to leaue them to theyr ghostly enemy: MarginaliaKing of Nauar. Henry Smith. D. Shaxton.As we haue heard of the king of Nauarre in Fraunce, of Hēry Smith and Doctor Shaxton in England, with other in other Countries moe, of whom some dyed in great sorow of conscience, some in miserable doubt of their saluation, some stricken by Gods hand, some driuen to hang or drowne themselues.

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MarginaliaThe end of Gardiner. Iohn de Roma. Twyford. Bayliffe of Crowland. Suffragan of Douer. D. Dunning. D. Geffray. Berrye. Poncher Archbishop. Crescentius Cardinall. Rockwood. Latomus. Guarlacus. Eckius. Thornton. Pauyer. Longe. Bomelius all professours of Popery.The stincking death of Steuen Gardiner, of Iohn de Roma, of Twyford, of the Bayliffe of Crowland: The suddeyne death of the Suffragane of Douer, of Doctour Dunning, of Doctour Geffray, of Berry the Promoter: The miserable and wretched end of Poncher Archbishop of Towers, of Cardinall Crescentius, Castellanus:  

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Peter Chastellain, Bishop of Macon.

The desparate disease of Rockewood, of Latomus, of Guarlacus: The earthly ending of Henry Beauforde Cardinall of Winchester, of Eckius, of Thornton called Dicke of Douer: The wilfull and selfe murder of Pauyer, of Richard Long, of Bomelius, besides infinite other: The dreadfull taking awaye and murren of so many perscutyng Byshoppes, so many bloudye Promoters, and malicious Aduersaryes, in suche a shorte tyme together with Queene Marye, and that wythout anye mans hand, but onely by the secret working of Gods iust iudgement.

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To adde to these also the stincking death of Edmund Boner, commonly named the bloudy Bishop of London: who not many yeares agoe, in the time and reigne of Queene Elizabeth, after he had long feasted and banquetted in Durance at the Marshalsea, as he wretchedly dyed in his blinde Popery, so as stinckingly, and as blindely at midnight was he brought out & buried in the outside of all the Citty, amonges theeues and murderers, a place right conuenient for such a murderer: with confusion and derision both of men and children, who trampling vpon his graue, well declared how he was hated both of God & man. What els be all these (I say) but playne visible argumentes, testimonies, and demonstrations euen from heauē agaynst the pope, his murdering Religion, and his bloudy doctrine? For who can deny their doings not to be good, whose end is so euill. If Christ bid vs to know mē by their fruits, & especially seing by the end all thinges are to be tryed, howe can the profession of that doctrine please God, which endeth so vngodly? MarginaliaEsay. 50.Esaias. chap. 50. prophesying of the ende of Gods enemyes, whiche woulde needes walke in the lighte of theyr owne setting vppe, and not in the light of the Lordes kindling, threatneth to them this finall malediction: In doloribus (sayth he) dormietis. i. In sorow shall you sleepe. Let vs now take a suruey of all those persecuters, whiche of late haue so troubled the earth (and almost haue burned vppe the world with fagots and fire, for mainetenaunce of the Popes Religion) and see what the end hath bene of them that are nowe gone, and whither their Religion hath brought them, but either to destruction, or desparation, or confusion & shame of life. So many great Doctors and Bishops haue cried out of late so mightely agaynst priestes marriage, and haue they not, by Gods iust iudgement working theyr confusion, bene detected themselues and taken the most part of them in sinnefull adultery, & shamefull fornication? MarginaliaPage 199.Cardinall Ioannes Cremensis the Popes Legate here in England, after he had set a law that Priestes shoulde haue no wiues, was he not the nexte daye after, being taken with hys whores, driuen out of Londō with confusion and shame enough, so that afterward he durst not shew his face here any more? Besides the two Bishops in the late counsell of Trent, most shamefully taken in adultery, mentioned before. Also besides innumerable other like forreigne storyes, which I let passe, to come now to our owne domesticall examples. MarginaliaA secrete note of Papistes which haue beene great cryers out of Priestes maryage, and themselues after taken in open adultery.I could wel name halfe a score at least of famous Doctours, and some Byshops, with theyr great maysters of Popery, who in standing earnestly agaynst the mariage of Priestes, haue afterward bene taken in such dishonest factes themselues, that not onely they haue caried the publicke shame of adulterous lecherers, but some of them the markes also of burning fornication with them in theyr bodyes to theyr graues. Whose names although I suffer here to be suppressed, yet the examples of them may suffice to admonishe all men that bee wise, and which will auoyde the wrath of Gods terrible vengeance, to beware of Popery.

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MarginaliaComparison betweene the ende of Popishe persecutours & the Gospellers.And thus hauing hitherto recited so manye shamefull lyues and desperate endes of so many popish Persecutours stricken by Gods hand: nowe let vs consider agayne on the contrarye syde

the blessed endes geuen of almighty God vnto them, which haue stoode so manfully in the defence of Christes Gospel, and the reformation of his religion, and let the Papists themselues here be iudges. First what a peaceable and heauenly ende made the worthy seruaunt and singular Organe of God M. Luther?

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MarginaliaThe godly ende of the Gospellers to be noted.To speake likewise of the famous Iohn Duke of Saxonie and prince Elector, of the good Palsgraue, of Phillip Melancthon, of Pomeranus,  

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Johannes Bugenhagius. - ED.

Vrbanus Rhegius, Berengarius, of Vlricus Zuinglius, Oecolampadius, Pellicanus, Capito, Munsterius, Ioannes Caluinus, Petrus Martyr, Martin Bucer, Paulus Phagius, Ioan. Musculus, Bibliander, Gesnerus, Hofman, Augustinus, Marloratus, Lewes of Bourbon Prince of Condy,  
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Brother to Antony, King of Navarre: see "Laval's Hist. of Ref. in France," book ii. ¶ 5.

and his godly wife before him, with many mo, which were knowne to be learned mē, and chiefe standerds of the Gospel side against the Pope, and yet no man able to bring forth any one example eyther of these, or of any other true Gospeller, that eyther killed himselfe, or shewed forth any signification or appearaunce of despayre, but full of hope and constant in faythe, and replenished with the fruite of righteousnesse in Christ Iesu, so yealded they theyr lyues in quiet peace vnto the Lord.

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From these Forrayners, let vs come now to the Martyrs of England, and marke likewise the ende both of them, and semblably of all other of the same profession. MarginaliaThe blessed end of King Edward. 6.And first to beginne with the blessed and heauenly departure of King Edward the vi. that first put downe the Masse in England, MarginaliaThe patient end of the Duke of Somerset the kings vncle.and also of the lyke godly end of his good Vncle the Duke of Sommerset, which dyed before him, with an infinite number of other priuate persons besides of the like religion, in whose finall departing, no suche blemishe is to bee noted like to the desperate examples of them aboue recited: MarginaliaThe quiet and ioyfull end of the Martyrs.Let vs now enter the consideration of the blessed Martyrs, who although they suffered in their bodyes, yet reioyced they in theyr spirites, and albeit they were persecuted of men, yet were they comforted of the Lorde wyth suche inwarde ioy and peace of conscience, that some writing to theyr friendes, professed they were neuer so merrye before in all theyr lyues, some leapt for ioye, some for tryumphe woulde put on theyr Scarfes, some theyr wedding garment goyng to the fire, other kissed the stake, some embraced the Fagottes, some clapte theyr handes, some song Psalmes, vniuersally they all forgaue, and prayed for ther enemies, no murmuring, no repining was euer head amongest them, so that moste truely might bee verified in them, whiche their persecuters were wonte to sing in theyre Hymnes. 

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These lines form a portion of a hymn used "in Communi plurimorum Martyrum," and beginning,
"Sanctorum meritis inclyta gaudia."
It appears in the "Expositio hymnorum totius anni secundum usum Sarum," Paris, 1502. fol. xxxix.; in the Salisbury Breviary, Edit. 1535, fol. lxx.; and in Daniel's Thesaurus Hymnologicus, tom. i. p. 203. The reading of "nec" for "non," in the second line, is supported by the two former.

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Cæduntur gladijs more bidentium,
Non murmur resonat, nec querimonia:
Sed corde tacito mens bene conscia,
Conseruat pacientiam. &c.

Briefly. so great was theyr patience, or rather so great was Gods spirite in them, that some of them in the flaming fire, moued no more, then the Stake whereunto they were tyed. MarginaliaTwo speciall notes of the true Church of Christ. Outward affliction peace of conscience.In fine, in them most aptly agreed the speciall tokens whiche most certaynly follow the true children of God: that is, outward persecution, and inward comfort in the holy Ghost. In the world (sayth Christ our Sauiour) ye shall haue affliction, but in me yee shall haue peace. &c.

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And likewise the wordes of S. Paule be playne. Marginalia2. Tim. 3.Whosoeuer (sayth he) studyeth to liue godly in Christe, shall suffer persecution &c.

But then what followeth with this persecution? the sayde Apostle agayne thus declareth, saying: Marginalia1. Cor. 1.As the passions of Christ abound in vs: so aboundeth also our consolation by Christe. &c. According as by the examples of these godly martyrs right perfectly we may perceaue. For as theyr bodyes outwardly lacked no persecutions by the handes of the wicked: so amongest so many hundreds of them that stood and dyed in this religion, what one man can be brought forth, which eyther hath bene founde to haue killed himselfe, or to haue dyed otherwise then the true seruaunt of GOD, in quiet peace and much comforte of conscience?

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MarginaliaThe wretched end of Papistes geue testimony agaynst their owne doctrine.
Admonition to persecutours which yet remayne aliue.
Whiche being so, what greater proofe can we haue to iustifie theyr cause and doctrine agaynst the persecuting Churche of Rome, then to behold the endes of them both: First, of the Protestantes, how quietly they tooke theyr deathe, and chearefully rested in the Lord: and contrariwise to marke these persecuters what a wrerched end commonly they doe all come vnto.

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MarginaliaThe end and death of Edmund Boner.Experience whereof we haue sufficient, in the examples a-aboue declared: and also of late in Boner, who albeit he dyed in his bed vnrepentaunt, yet was it so prouided by God, that as he had bene a persecuter of the light, and a childe of darkenes, so his carkase was tumbled into the earthe in obscure darcknes at midnight, contrary to the order of all other Christians: and as he had bene a murderer, so was hee layd amongest theeues & murtherers, a place by Gods iudgement rightly appoynted for him.

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And albeit some peraduenture that haue bene notable persecutors in tyme past, doe yet remayne aliue, who being in the same cause as the other were, haue not yet felte the weyght of

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