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I may haue to this end and purpose aforesaid, saufe and sure acces: and if it happen that I offeryng suche equitie and ryght as I doo, before any faute be proued against me, be arested imprysoned, or haue any violence done vnto me, that then it should be manifest vnto the whole worlde that this generall councell dothe not proceade accordyng to equitie and iustice, if they would by any meanes put me back from this profound and straight iustice, being come hether frely of myne owne minde and accorde, the whiche thing I suppose to be far banyshed from so Sacred and holy a Councell of wyse menne.

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The seconde Chapiter.

WHen as yet neyther by suche intimations being copied out in the Bohemian, Latin, and Germayne tongue, being set vp as is afore sayde, he coulde not get any saufconduict: then the Nobles, Lordes, & Knightes, specially of the Bohemian nation, then present in Constance, gaue vnto maister Hierome their letters pattentes, confyrmed with their Seales for a testimony and witnes of the premisses, with the whiche letters the sayde maister Hierome retourned again vnto Boheme, but by the treason and conspirasie of his ennemies was taken in Horrissaw, by the officers of Duke Iohn, and in Sultzbache was brought backe againe to the presence of the Duke, in the meane time suche as were the pryckars forwarde of the councell againste maister Iohn Hus and maister Hierome, that is to say Mychael de Causis and maister Pallettes and other their accomplises, required that the said maister Hierome should be cyted by reason of his intimation, and certain dayes after the citacion hereunder wrytten, was set vpon the gates and porches of the citie and churches, which foloweth here in this maner.

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MarginaliaThe citattō of Hierome of Prage.This moste Sacred and holy Synode and generall councell of Constance, faithfully congregate and gathered together in the holye ghoste representyng the vniuersall mylitant churche, vnto Hierome of Prage, whiche wryteth hym selfe to be a maister of arte of so many vnyuersities, and pretendeth those thynges whiche are only pertaining vnto sobrietie and modestie, and that he knoweth no more then he ought. There is a certain wryting come vnto our vnderstanding and knowledge, the which was set vp as it were by thyne owne persone vpon the gates of the churches and cytie of Constance, this other Sonday when there was songe in the churche of God. Quasi modo geniti. Wherein thou doest affirme that thou wylt openly aunswere vnto thy accusers and sclaunderers whiche shall obiecte any cryme, error or heresye, againste thee, wherof thou art maruelously infamed and sclaundered before vs, & specially touchyng the doctrine of Wicklieffe and other doctrines contrary vnto the Catholyke fayth, so that thou mightest haue graunted saufe conducte to come. But for somuche as it is our part principally and chiefly to forsee and looke vnto these craftie foxes whiche go about to destroye the vyneyarde of the Lorde of hostes. Therfore we doo cyte and call forth by the tenor of this presentes, thy persone manyfoldly defamed and suspecte for the termerarius affirming and teaching of manyfold errors that with in the terme of. xv.dayes to be accounted from the date of this present, wherof fiue dayes are apoynted for the first terme fyue for the seconde, and the other fyue for the thirde, we doo ordeyne and appointe by the canonicall admonition & warnyng that you doo appeare in the publike Session of the sacred coūcell if there be any holden the same daye, or els the fyrste daye imediatly followyng, when as any suche session shal be, according to the tenour of your sayde wryting, to aunswere to those thinges whiche any persone or persones shall obiect or laye against you in any cause of your fayth, and to receyue and satisfie iustice to the intent that iustice may be cleare and safe from all violence, by the tenor of these presentes, we do offer & appoint vnto you, all oure saufe cōduict as fully as in vs lieth, or that the true faith doth require, certefiyng thee that whether thou doste appeare or not at the sayde terme or tyme appointed, not withstanding, proces shall go forwarde against thee by the sayd sacred councell, or by their comysarre or comissaries, for the tyme aforesaid not obserued and kept, thy contumatie or stoburnes in any thing notwithstanding. Geuen in the sixt Session of the generall councell the. xvij. day of a prill, vnder the Seales of the presydentes of the foure nations.

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Grumpert Faber Notarie of the
Germains.

The third Chapiter.

AFter that the kyng of Hungary with the reast of the conucel, vnderstode by the sonne of Clemēt that maister Hierom was takē, they were earnestly in hande requiring that maister Hierom shuld be brougbt before them vnto the councel, the which sonne of Clemēt, after he had receiued letters of the kyng and the councel, MarginaliaHierome is broug bound vnto Constance.he brought maister Hierome bounde vnto Constance, whome his brother Duke Ludouicus lead thorow the citie to the Cloister of the Friers Mynors in Constance, where as the chiefe Priestes and Elders of the people, Scribes & Phariseis were gathered together attending and wayting for his comming, he the said maister Hierome caried a great hādbolt of iron with a long chain in his hand, and as he passed, the chaine made a great ratling and noyse, and for the more cōfusion and despite towardes him, they led him by the same chaine after Duke Lodouicus the sonne of Clemēt, holding & stretching out the chayne a great way from him, with the which chaine they also kept him boūd in the cloister. When he was brought into the cloister, they read there before him the letter of Duke Iohn which was sent with the said maister Hierom vnto the councel, conteining in effect howe þt the sonne of Clemēt had sent maister Hierom vnto the councel, who by chaunce was fallen into his hādes, because he heard an euil report of him that he was suspected of the heresies of Wicklieffe. That the councell might take order for him whose part it was to correct & punishe suche as did erre & stray from the truthe, besides many other flattring tales which wer wryttē in þe said letter for þe praise of þe coūcel.

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After this they read the Cytation whiche was geuen out by the councell agaynst mayster Hierome: whereof we haue spoken before,

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