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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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watch was layed for them, but yet throughe the Lordes vigilant prouidence the mischiefe was preuented, and they delyuered.

Agayne, how narrowly they escaped aboute Algate, where spies were layed for them, had not Thomas Simson 

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On Thomas Simpson's importance in the London congregation, see Brett Usher, '"In a Time of Persecution": New Light on the Secret Protestant Congregation in Marian London' in John Foxe and the English Reformation (Aldershot: 1997), pp. 233-51.

the deacon espied them and byd them disperse them selues away. For within two houres the Constable comming to the house after they were gone, demaunded of the wife what company had ben ther. To whō she to excuse the matter, made answer againe, sayinge that halfe a dosen good fellowes had bene ther at breakfast, as they went a maying.

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An other tyme also about the great coundit, they passing there through a verye straight alley, into a clothworkers loft, were espied, and the shriues sent for: but before they came, they hauing priuie knowledge therof, immediately shifted awaye oute of the alley, Ihon Auales standing alone in the Mercers chappel, staring at them.

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An other lyke escape they made in a shyp at Billingsgate, belonginge to a certayne good man of Ley, wher in the open sight of the people they were congregated together, and yet though Gods mighty power escaped.

Betwyxt Ratcliff, & Redriffe in a shyp, called Iesus shyp twise or thrise they assēbled for feare of the Iewes, hauing there closely, after their accustomed maner, both sermon, prayer, and Communion, and yet through the protection of the Lord they came, although not vnspyed, yet vntaken.

Moreouer in a Coupers house in puddyng lane, so neare they were to peryll and daungers, that Ihon Auales commynge into the house where they wher, talked wyth the good man, and after he had asked a question or two, departed, God so working that eyther he had no knowledge of them, or no power to apprehende them.

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But they neuer escaped more hardly, then once in Thamis strete in the night time, wher the house being beset with enemies, yet as the Lord would, they were deliuered by the meanes of a Mariner, who being at that presente in the same company, and seing no other way to auoyde, pluckt of his slops, and swame to the next bote, and so rowed the company ouer vising his shooes in stede of owares, and so the ieopardy was dispatched.

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I haue heard of one who being sent to thē, to take their names, and to espy their doings, yet in being amongest them, was conuerted and cryed them all mercy.

MarginaliaA notable example of gods marcyfull prouidence.What shoulde I speake of the extreme and present daunger which that godly companye was in at the taking of master Rough, theire minister, and Cutbert Simson their Deacon, had not the Lordes prouidence geuen knowledge before to maister Rough in his sleepe,

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that Cutbert shoulde leaue behinde him at home the booke of all theyr names, which hee was wont to cary about hym, whereof mencion is made before, pag. 1649.

In this church or congregation were somtymes. xl. somtimes one hundred, sometymes two hundred, sometymes mo, and somtimes lesse. About the latter tyme of Quene Marye it greatly increased, from the first beginning, which was about the first entry of Quene Maries reygne, they had diuers ministers, MarginaliaThe ministers of thys congregation.firste maister Schamlere, then Thomas Fowle, after him maister Rowgh, then maister Austen, and last maister Bentam, with Robert Cole. 

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In the 1563 edition, Foxe states that Bentham led the London congregation, along with Robert Cole. The mention of Cole was dropped from the 1570 edition.

In speaking of which persons, I cannot but somthing say in their iustly deserued commendation, who in so daungerous a tyme, setting all thinges apart, not onely their goods, ease and liberty, but also neglecting their own bodyes and liues, woulde enter so venterous a charge for Christ, and in the churches cause, wherin seemeth to me to appeare the true triall of a sincere and assured faythfull minister, worthy to be preferred and haue double honor in the church of Christ, wherof would to God the Churche this daye had more plentye. Althoughe to take the charge and care of Christes flocke, at all tymes and seasons, is woorthy of muche reuerence and commendation: yet in prosperity it may chaunce that respects of lucre, ease, and wordlye honour maye allure peraduenture some times some men ther vnto: but in time of peryl and daunger, where is no lucre but losse, no gayne but payne, no life but death, no liuing but labour is looked, no safetye but miserye remayneth, there and then to enter into that yoke and function, onely vpon the symple zeale and regarde of the flocke of Christe, and nothing els. He that so will do, where so euer he bee, I take hym to be a man, not onely rare, but a perfect Minister in deede, and worthye eternall commendation. But to returne agayne to Quene Maries tyme, as I haue shewed the great & mercyful woorking of the lord, in delyuering and rescuing the publycke Congregation here gathered: so neyther dyd hys prouidence fayle in the priuate cases lykewise of the ministers of the same, as especially in this one case of maister Bentam (now byshop of Lichfeld and Couentry) lyke as in many other els most euidētly may be cōsidered. For how was it possible by mans estimation, for the sayd maister Bēham to haue eschued presently to haue bene taken and attached, had not the present power of the Lord, passing al mens expectation, bene prest and ready to healpe his seruaunt in such a strayghte. The story and case is this.

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At what time þe seuen last burned in Smithfield, mencioned in this boke before, pag. 1659. 

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See 1563, pp. 1658-61; 1570, pp. 2235-40; 1576, pp. 1930-33 and 1583, pp. 2037-42.

were condemned and brought to the stake to

suffer,
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