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1. Preface to Rubric 2. The Rubric 3. Mary's First Moves 4. The Inhibition5. Bourne's Sermon 6. The True Report7. The Precept to Bonner 8. Anno 15549. From 'The Communication' to 'A Monition' 10. Bonner's Monition11. Mary's Articles for Bonner 12. The Articles 13. From Mary's Proclamation to the 'Stile'14. From the 'Stile' to the 'Communication' 15. The 'Communication' 16. How Thomas Cranmer ... 17. Cranmer18. Ridley 19. Latimer20. Harpsfield's Forme 21. 1563's Disputational Digest22. Political Events up to Suffolk's Death 23. Between Mantell and the Preacher's Declaration 24. The Declaration of Bradford et al 25. May 19 to August 1 26. August 1 - September 3 27. From Bonner's Mandate to Pole's Oration 28. Winchester's Sermon to Bonner's Visitation 29. Pole's Oration 30. From the Supplication to Gardiner's Sermon 31. From Gardiner's Sermon to 1555 32. From the Arrest of Rose to Hooper's Letter 33. Hooper's Answer and Letter 34. To the End of Book X 35. The Martyrdom of Rogers 36. The Martyrdom of Saunders 37. Saunders' Letters 38. Hooper's Martyrdom 39. Hooper's Letters 40. Rowland Taylor's Martyrdom 41. Becket's Image and other events 42. Miles Coverdale and the Denmark Letters 43. Bonner and Reconciliation 44. Robert Farrar's Martyrdom 45. The Martyrdom of Thomas Tomkins 46. The Martyrdom of Rawlins/Rowland White47. The Martyrdom of Higbed and Causton 48. The Martyrdom of William Hunter 49. The Martyrdom of Pigot, Knight and Laurence 50. Judge Hales 51. The Providential Death of the Parson of Arundel 52. The Martyrdom of John Awcocke 53. The Martyrdom of George Marsh 54. The Letters of George Marsh 55. The Martyrdom of William Flower 56. Mary's False Pregnancy57. The Martyrdom of Cardmaker and Warne 58. John Tooly 59. The Examination of Robert Bromley [nb This is part of the Tooly affair]60. Censorship Proclamation 61. The Martyrdom of Thomas Haukes 62. Letters of Haukes 63. The Martyrdom of Thomas Watts 64. Martyrdom of Osmund, Bamford, Osborne and Chamberlain65. The Martyrdom of Ardley and Simpson 66. The Martyrdom of John Bradford 67. Bradford's Letters 68. William Minge 69. The Martyrdom of John Bland 70. The Martyrdom of Frankesh, Middleton and Sheterden 71. Sheterden's Letters 72. Martyrdom of Carver and Launder 73. Martyrdom of Thomas Iveson 74. John Aleworth 75. Martyrdom of James Abbes 76. Martyrdom of Denley, Newman and Pacingham 77. Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley 78. Richard Hooke 79. Martyrdom of William Coker, et al 80. Martyrdom of George Tankerfield, et al 81. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Smith 82. Martyrdom of Harwood and Fust 83. Martyrdom of William Haile 84. Examination of John Newman 85. Martyrdom of Robert Samuel 86. George King, Thomas Leyes and John Wade 87. William Andrew 88. William Allen 89. Martyrdom of Thomas Cobb 90. Martyrdom of Roger Coo 91. Martyrdom of Catmer, Streater, Burwood, Brodbridge, Tutty 92. Martyrdom of Hayward and Goreway 93. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Glover 94. John and William Glover 95. Cornelius Bungey 96. Martyrdom of Wolsey and Pigot 97. Life and Character of Nicholas Ridley 98. Ridley and Latimer's Conference 99. Ridley's Letters 100. Life of Hugh Latimer 101. Latimer's Letters 102. Ridley and Latimer Re-examined and Executed103. More Letters of Ridley 104. Life and Death of Stephen Gardiner 105. Martyrdom of Webb, Roper and Park 106. William Wiseman 107. Examinations and Martyrdom of John Philpot 108. John Went 109. Isobel Foster 110. Joan Lashford 111. Five Canterbury Martyrs 112. Life and Martyrdom of Cranmer 113. Letters of Cranmer 114. Martyrdom of Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield 115. Persecution in Salisbury Maundrell, Coberly and Spicer 116. William Tyms, et al 117. The Norfolk Supplication 118. Letters of Tyms 119. John Hullier's Execution120. John Hullier 121. Christopher Lister and five other martyrs 122. Hugh Lauerocke and John Apprice 123. Katherine Hut, Elizabeth Thacknell, et al 124. Martyrdom of John Harpole and Joan Beach 125. Thomas Drury and Thomas Croker 126. Thomas Spicer, John Deny and Edmund Poole 127. Thomas Rede128. Persecution of Winson and Mendlesam 129. William Slech 130. Avington Read, et al 131. Wood and Miles 132. Adherall and Clement 133. A Merchant's Servant Executed at Leicester 134. Thirteen Burnt at Stratford-le-Bow135. Persecution in Lichfield 136. Hunt, Norrice, Parret 137. Martyrdom of Bernard, Lawson and Foster 138. John Careless 139. Letters of John Careless 140. Martyrdom of Julius Palmer 141. Guernsey Martyrdoms 142. Dungate, Foreman and Tree 143. Martyrdom of Joan Waste 144. Three Men of Bristol145. Martyrdom of Edward Sharpe 146. Four Burnt at Mayfield at Sussex 147. John Horne and a woman 148. Northampton Shoemaker 149. Prisoners Starved at Canterbury 150. More Persecution at Lichfield 151. Exhumations of Bucer and Phagius along with Peter Martyr's Wife152. Pole's Visitation Articles for Kent153. Ten Martyrs Burnt at Canterbury154. The 'Bloody Commission'155. Twenty-two Prisoners from Colchester156. Five Burnt at Smithfield157. Stephen Gratwick and others158. Edmund Allen and other martyrs159. Edmund Allen160. Alice Benden and other martyrs161. Richard Woodman and nine other martyrs162. Ambrose163. The Martyrdom of Simon Miller and Elizabeth Cooper164. Rose Allin and nine other Colchester Martyrs165. John Thurston166. Thomas More167. George Eagles168. Richard Crashfield169. Fryer and George Eagles' sister170. John Kurde171. Cicelye Ormes172. Joyce Lewes173. Rafe Allerton and others174. Agnes Bongeor and Margaret Thurston175. Persecution at Lichfield176. Persecution at Chichester177. Thomas Spurdance178. Hallingdale, Sparrow and Gibson179. John Rough and Margaret Mearing180. Cuthbert Simson181. William Nicholl182. Seaman, Carman and Hudson183. Three at Colchester184. A Royal Proclamation185. Roger Holland and other Islington martyrs186. Richard Yeoman187. John Alcocke188. Alcocke's Epistles189. Thomas Benbridge190. Stephen Cotton and other martyrs191. Alexander Gouch and Alice Driver192. Three at Bury193. The Final Five Martyrs194. William Living195. The King's Brief196. William Browne197. Some Persecuted at Suffolk198. Elizabeth Lawson199. Edward Grew200. The Persecuted of Norfolk201. The Persecuted of Essex202. Thomas Bryce203. The Persecuted in Kent204. The Persecuted in Coventry and the Exiles205. Thomas Parkinson206. The Scourged: Introduction207. Richard Wilmot and Thomas Fairfax208. Thomas Greene209. Bartlett Greene and Cotton210. Steven Cotton's Letter211. Scourging of John Milles212. Scourging of Thomas Hinshaw213. Robert Williams214. Bonner's Beating of Boys215. A Beggar of Salisbury216. John Fetty217. James Harris218. Providences: Introduction219. The Miraculously Preserved220. Christenmas and Wattes221. Simon Grinaeus222. John Glover223. Dabney224. Alexander Wimshurst225. Bosom's wife226. The Delivery of Moyse227. Lady Knevet228. Crosman's wife229. Congregation at Stoke in Suffolk230. Congregation of London231. Robert Cole232. Englishmen at Calais233. John Hunt and Richard White234. Punishments of Persecutors235. Tome 6 Life and Preservation of the Lady Elizabeth236. The Westminster Conference237. Nicholas Burton238. Another Martyrdom in Spain239. Baker and Burgate240. Burges and Hoker241. Justice Nine-Holes242. Back to the Appendix notes243. A Poor Woman of Exeter244. Those Burnt at Bristol: extra material245. Priest's Wife of Exeter246. Gertrude Crockhey
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1449 [1380]

Actes and Monumentes

nyng vnto gods glory: but if you had wished also that neither feare of death, nor hope of worldly prosperity should let me to maintein goddes word and his truth (which is glory and true honor) it would haue liked me wel. You desire me for gods sake to remember my self. In dede syr, now it is time so to do. For so farre as I cā perceiue, it standeth me of no lesse daunger then of the losse bothe of body and soule. And I trowe then it is time for a man to awake, if any thyng wyll awake him. He that wil not feare him that threatneth to be cast both body and soule into euer lasting fier, whom will he feare? With this feare O Lorde fasten thou together our fraile fleshe, that we neuer swarue from thy lawes. You say you haue made muche suite for me. Sir, GOD grant that you haue not in suyng for my worldly deliueraunce, empayred and hyndered the furtheraunce of Goddes woorde and his truthe. You haue knowen me long in dede, in the whiche time it hathe chaunced me (as you saye) to mislyke some thynges: it is true, I graunt. For sodayne chaunges without substantiall and necessarye cause, and the heady settyng foorth of extremities, I dyd neuer loue. Confession vnto the minyster whiche is able to instructe, correcte, coumforte, and enfourme the weake, woundedd, and ignoraunte conscience in dede I euer thoughte myght do muche good in Chrystes congregation, and so I assure you I thynk euen at this daye. My Doctryne and my preaching (you saye) you haue heard often, and after youre iudgemente haue thoughte it Godlye sauyng onely for the Sacramente, whiche thinge although it was of me reuerently handled, and a great deale better then of the rest (as you say) yet in the Margent you wryte warelye, and in this worlde wisely: and yet me thoughte al sounded not well. Syr, but that I see so many chaūges in this worlde, and so muche alteration els at this youre saying I woulde not a lyttle maruayle. I haue taken you for my frende, and a manne whome I fansyed for playnesse and faithfulnesse, as muche (I assure you) as for youre learninge. And haue you kepte this so close in youre hearte from me vnto this daye? Sir, I considred mo thinges then one, and wil not say all that I thinke. But what neede you to care what I thinke, for anye thinge that I shall bee able to dooe vnto you, eyther good or harme? You geue me good lessons to stande in nothyng againste my learning, and to beware of vayne glorye. 

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Judging from the preceeding paragraph, West had written to Ridley urging him to recant.

Turely Sir, I herein lyke youre Counsell verye well, and by Goddes grace I entend to follow it vnto my liues ende.

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To wryte vnto those whome you name, I cā not see what it wil auaile me. 

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West must have been urging Ridley to write to those in authority to seek a pardon.

For this I would haue you knowe, that I esteame nothynge auaylable for me, which also will not further the glorye of GOD. And nowe because I perceyue you haue an entire zeale and desyre of my delyueraunce oute of this captiuitie and worldly miserie, if I shoulee not beare you a good heart in GOD againe, me thinke I were to blame. Sir howe nighe the daye of my dissolution and departure out of this worlde is at hand I cannot tel: the Lordes wil be fulfilled, howe soone soeuer it shall come. I knowe the Lordes wordes muste bee verified on me, that I shall appeare before the incorrupte iudge, and be countable to him of all my former lyfe. And althoughe the hope of his mercye is my shooteanker of eternall saluation, yet am I perswaded, that who-

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soeuer wittingly neglecteth and regardeth not to cleare his conscience, he cannot haue peace with GOD nor a liuely fayth in his mercy: cōscience moueth me, consideringe you were one of my familye and one of my household, of whō then I thinke I hadde speciall cure, 

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A cure was usually the benefice for which a clergyman was spiritually responsible; Ridley is saying that he was thus responsible for West and the other members of his household.

and of all them whiche were within my house, whiche in dede oughte to haue bene an exaumple of Godlinesse to all the reste of my cure, not onelye of good lyfe, but also in promotyng of gods word, to the vttermoste of their powre: but alas, now when the tryall doeth separate the chaffe from the corne, howe small a thyng it is god knoweth whiche the winde dooeth not blow awaye: This conscience I saye dothe moue me to feare least the lightnesse of my familye shall be layde to my charge, for lacke of more earnest and dyligente instruction, whiche shoulde haue beene doone. But blessed bee god whiche hathe geuen me grace to see this my faulte and to lamente it from the bottome of my heart before my departing hence. This conscyence dooeth moue me al so nowe to requyre bothe you and my frende, Doctoure Haruye to remember your promyses made to me in tymes paste, of the pure settyng foorth and preachyng of goddes woorde, and his truthe. These promises althoughe you shall not nede to feare to be charged with them of me hereafter before the worlde, yet looke for none other (I exhort you as my frendes) but to be charged with them at goddes hande. Thys conscience and the loue that I beare vnto you, byddeth me nowe saye vnto you bothe in gods name, feare GOD and loue not the worlde. for god is hable to caste bothe bodye and soule into hell fire. When his wrath shall sodeinlye be kinled, blessed ar al they that put their trust in him. And the saying of saincte Iohn is true: all that is in the worlde, as the lust of the fleshe, the lust of the eyes, & the pride of life, is not of the father, but of the world, and the worlde passeth awaye and the lust thereof: but he that dooeth the wyll of god, abideth for euer. If this gyfte of grace whiche vndoubtedly is necessarily required vnto eternal saluation, were truely and vnfaynedly graffed and firmely stablished in mens hearts they would not be so light, so sodainly to shrink from the maintaynaunce and confession of the truthe, as is nowe (alas) seen so manifestlye of so manye in these dayes. But here peraduēture you would know of me what is the truth. Syr, goddes woorde is the truthe as saint Ihō saith, and that euen the same that was heretofore. For albeit manne dooe varye and chaunge as the moone, yet Goddes woorde is stable and abideth one for euermore. And of Christ is is truelye sayde, Christe is yesterdaye and to daye, the same is also for euer.

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When I was in office, all that were estemed learned in goddes woord, agreed thys to bee a truthe in goddes woorde wrytten, that the common prayer of the Churche should bee hadde in the common toungue. you knowe I haue conferred with manye, and I ensure you I neuer founde manne (so farre as I dooe remember) neyther olde nor newe, Gospeller nor Papist, of what iudgement so euer he was, in this thing to bee of a contrarye opinion. If then it were a truth of gods worde, think you that the alteration of the worlde canne make it an vntruthe? If it cannot, why then do so many men shrinke from the confession and maintenaunce of thys truthe receiued once of vs all? For what is it

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I pray
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