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the authority of the Romaine church, yea doo vtterly detest and abhorr the same, the which thing wil more and more encrese, except it be effectually and manfullye withstand, and if he do by any meanes escape from the councel, he and his fauourers wil say that his doctrine is iust and true, and that it is alowed by the authority of the vniuersal sacred councel, & that al his aduersaries are wicked and noughtye men, so that he would do more mischiefe then euer anye hereticke did, since the time of Constantinus Magnus.

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Wherfore moost holy fathers prouyde and take heede to your selues, and to the whole flocke, amongest whome the holy ghost hathe placed you to rule the churche of Christe, MarginaliaMaster Pallets lieth for the holy Ghost had no leasure to com to the councel.the which he hath purchased with his own bloud and whilest the disease is new and fresh, helpe and remeady it, as wel touching him, which doth so infect and trouble the churche of God, as also concerning the occasions, thorowe the which he hath presumed, and myghte doo the same, because the prelates do abuse the Ecclesiastical censures, and as wel the Prelates as those that are vnder them do not kepe and obserue the order of the church, which is apoynted them by God, wherby it cometh to passe, that whilest they them selues do walcke, the broken and vnknowne pathes, their flock falleth headlong into the diche.

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Wherfore let our soueraigne Lord the pope and this most sacred councell ordaine and depute commissioners, the whiche maye examine the said Ihon Hus vpon al afore wrytten, and other thinges in the presence of them whiche knowe the matter. Let there be also certayne doctors and masters appoynted to rede ouer & peruse his bokes which he hath wryttē, wher of some are here present that the church maye be spedelye purged and cleansed from theese erroures.

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Vpon this his accusation, they ordaind and appoynted iii. commissioners or iudges, that is to say, the Patriarch of Cōstantinople, and the bishop of Castel, and the bishoppe of Lybusse. The which Prelates being thus deputed, hard thaccusation and the witnes which was brought in by certain babling priestes of Prage, confirmed by their othes, MarginaliaIhon Hus sicke of an Agew in prison.& afterward recited the said accusation vnto the saide Hus in the prison at suche time as his Agew was feruent and extremely vpon him.

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Vppon this Ihon Hus required to haue an aduocate to aunswer for him, the whiche was plainly and vtterlye denied him. And the reason that the masters commissioners broughte againste it, was this, that the plaine Canon doth forbid that anye man shoulde be a defender of any cause of his which is suspect of any kinde of herisy. The vanitye and folye of the witnesses was suche, þt if in case they had notbene both the accusers and iudges thē selues, there should haue neaded no distincte confutation, I wold haue rehersed the testimonies in this place, but that I knewe them to be suche as the prudēt and wise reader could not haue red without great tediousnesse, howbeit some of them shalbe declared, when we come to the processe of his iudgement.

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Afterward when Ihon Hus had recouered litle strength or helth, by the commaundemēt of the iii. commissioners, there was presented vnto him certain Articles, maney in nombre, which they saide they had gathered out of hys booke, whiche he hadde made of the churche of which Articles some were forged and inuented by master Palets, and other some wer gathered only by halues, as shalbe more plainly declared hereafter, when we come to speake of the iudgement pronounced, and geuen against the said Hus.

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Thus Ihon Hus remained in the prysonne of the couent of the Franciscanes vntill the Wensday before Palmesonday, and certaine appoynted to kepe him, and in that meane season to employ and spend his time wythall. MarginaliaThe bokes which Ihō Hus wrote in prison.He wrote certain bokes. That is to sai of the x. cōmaundements, of the loue and knowledge of God, of Matrimony, of Penaunce, of the three ennemies of mankinde. Of the prayer of oure Lord, and of the supper of our Lord, the same day Pope Ihō the xxiii. changed his apparel, & conueyed him self secreatly out of Constance, fearinge the iudgement, by the whiche afterward he was depriued of his papall dignitye, by meanes of moost execrable and abhominable forfaites and doings. This was the cause that Ihon Hus was transported and caryed vnto another prison, for the Popes seruants which had the charge and keping of Ihō Hus vnderstāding that their maister was fled and gone, deliuered vp the keies of the prison, vnto the Emperour Sigismond, and to the Cardinals and folowed their maister the Pope. Then by the hole consent of the councell, the said Ihon Hus was put into the hands of the bishop of Constance, who sent him to a castell on the other side of the riuer of Rhine, not very farre from Constance, wheras he was shut vp in a Tower, with fetters on his legges, that he could scarse walk in the day time, and at night he was fastened vp to a racke against the wall, hard by his bed.

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In this meane season certain noble menne and gentle men of Pole and Boheme, did all their indeuor to purchase his deliuerance, hauinge respecte to the good renowne of all the realme, the whiche was wonderfully defamed and slaundred by certaine naughty persones. The matter was growne vnto this poynte, that al they which were in the towne of Constance, that seemed to beare any fauoure vnto

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