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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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1695 [1614]

Actes and Monumentes Of the Church

For often times Christes wil and pleasure is to beautify and adorn his kingdom wt the weak and simple instrumentes of this world. Suche as in thold testament Amos was, who wt many other of obscure & vnknowen name wer called frō the heards & foldes to the honor of prophets: as likewise we read of the Apostles that wer called frō fishermens craft, & put into churches. Wherefore this Georoge is not to be neglected for his vile & base occupation, whō christ called thēce to set forth and declare abrode his gospel. Rather we ought to glorify god þe more therby in his holines, which in so misty & blind a time inspired him with the gift of preaching, and constancy of suffring death: who after a certain time he had vsed the occupation of a Tailor, being eloquent and of good vtterance gaue and applied himselfe to the profite of Christes church. Which manne as before in those most bright & cleare daies of king Edward the 6. had not vnhappely shewed & preached wt eloquēce þe power & force of the lord: so afterward in the tēpestuous time & fal of the church (at what time the cōfessors of Christ and his gospel wer turmoiled, diuers of them murthered, parte banyshed, and other some constrained for feare not to shew their heads) this Eagles expressed and vttred his manly stomake. For he wandring a brode into diuers and farre countreys, wher he could find any of his brethren, did there moste earnestly incourage & cōfort thē, now tarying in this town, and somtime abiding in that, certain monethes together, as occasion serued, lodging somtime in the coūtrey about, MarginaliaThe payn full traueil of George Eagles.& sometime for feare liuing in fields and woodes, who for his immoderate & vnreasonable going abrode was called Trudgeouer. Oftē times did he lye abrode in the night wtout couert, spending the most part therof in deuoute and earnest praier. His diet was so aboue measure spare & slēder, þt for the space of. 3. yeres he vsed to drinke nothing but very water, wherunto he was cōpelled through the necessity of the time of persecution. And after whē he perceiued þt his body by gods prouidēce proued well inough there wt, he thought best to inure himself therwtal agaåst al necessities. MarginaliaThe streit diet of G. Eagles. Now whē he had profited Christes church in this sort by going about, & preching þe gospel, a yere or. 2. & especially in Colchester & the quarters therabout, þe priuy enemy which enuieth alwaies the saluatiō & blessed estate of the good, lurketh & layeth wait by all meanes possible for him. Ther wer diuers espies sēt out who had in cōaūdemēt whersoeuer they foūd him, to bring him either quicke, or deade.  

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Another protestant fugitive, Thomas Mountain, described the intense search made for Eagles in Essex as early as the summer of 1555 (Narratives of Days of the Reformation, ed., J. G. Nichols, Camden Society, original series 77 [1849], pp.210-11).

But whē this their attēpt could not preuaile, but al was in vain (the said Eagles wt his brethrē keping in close, & hidåg thēselues in out & dark places, as in barnes, thickets, hoales, & priuy closets) his aduersaries went about another way to cōpasse this their enterprise of takynge him.

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For in the quenes name a greuous edict was proclamed throughout .4. shiers, Essex, Suff. Kēt, & Northfolk, 

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See APC V, pp. 310 and 312 for orders to arrest Eagles issued in July 1556.

promising þe party þt toke him xx. li. for his paines: doubtles a worthy hyer to entice any Iew to trechery. For many being enflamed with gredy desire of the money, deuised and inuented al waies and reasons they could possible to be enriched with the hurt & destruction of this sely mā. Wel, at length it came to passe þt this George being seen by chaūce at Colchester, vpon Marye Magdalen day,  
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I.e., 22 July 1557.

at whiche time they kept a faire in the town, should haue forthwith ben deliuered to his aduersaries, if he perceiuing the same, as god would haue it, had not cōueyed himself away as fast as he coulde, whō a great multitude pursued after, & sought diligently. In a groue did he hide himself, from whēce he stale into a corne field therby, and so lay secretly couched frō the violence of his enemies, insomuch as they wer al, sauing one, past hope of taking him, & therfore ready to departe their way. This one hauing more suttlety and wicked craft in his head thē the rest, would not get him thēce with his fellowes, but climed vp into a high tree, ther to view & espie if he might se Eagles any wher stirre or moue. MarginaliaQuo non mortalia pectora cogis, auri sacra famet. 
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Foxe marginal note, citing Virgil, Aeneid, 3. 56-7.[Marginal Note]
Foxe text Latin

Quo non mortalia pectora cogis auri sacra fames.

Foxe text translation

Not translated.

Translation (Wade 2004)

Why, sacred longing for gold, do you not constrain the hearts of men?

Actual text of Virgil, Aeneid, 3. 57-8


quid non mortalia pectora cogis,
auri sacra fames!

[Accurate citation, except forquoin place ofquidat the start.]

vir. æneid. 1.
The poore mā thinking all sure inough, by reason that he heard no noise abrode, rose vp vpon his knees, & lifting vp his handes, prayed vnto god. And whether it wer for that his hed was aboue the corne, or because his voice was hearde, the lurker perceiuing his desired pray þt he hūteth after, forthwith came down, & soddainly layinge hands, brought him as prisoner to Colchester. Notwithstanding the gredy and Iudas knaue, which had so much promised him, was fayn to be contēt with a very smal reward, and glad to take þt to, least he should haue had nothynge at al. This George, not without great lamentation of diuers good men, and great lacke vnto the church of god, of which to his power he was a worthy instrument, was committed to prisō ther, and frō thence within 4. daies after conueyed to Chelmisford, wher he was so cruellye handled, þt he had but 2. li. of bred and a curtsye of water measured out to serue him for a weke together: not lōg after being brought oute to þe sessiōs, he was ther endited and accused of treasō, because he had assēbled cōpanies together, cōtrary to the lawes & statutes of the realm in þe case prouided. for so it was ordained a litle before to auoyde seditiō, þt if mē should flocke secretly together aboue þe nūber of 6. they shoulde be attached of treasō, which strait law was the casting away of þe good Duke of Somerset before mētioned. And albeit it was well knowen þt poore Eagles did neuer any thing sediciously against the Quene, yet to cloke an honest matter withal, & to cause him to be the more hated of the people, they turned religion into a ciuyll offense or crime. And though he defended hys

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