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MarginaliaA single vnchast lyfe. vnsemely for priesthoode.That the syngle lyfe vnchaste and filthie, is moste vnsemely for the order of priesthode.

When these propositions were propounded diuerse of the cities adioyning vpon them, exhorted them by their letters, not to alter the state of þe Religiō, for that it belonged to a generall councell. The Byshoppes also whiche were before named, wolde not come. Notwithstanding they of Basell, Zurick, Abesell. Also the Skaffusians, Sangalians, Mullusions, & their neighbours of Rhetia, sent their deuines Moreouer they of Strausborowe, Vlmes, Auspurg, Lyndaue, Cōstance, & Isney, did the like. When this disputation was begonne, Swinglius, Oecolampadius, Bucer, Capito, Blancer, and diuerse others, defended the cōclusiōs, amonges others Conrade Treger an Austine frier of great fame, impugned thē, who at the laste, when he saught for helpe, besyde the scriptures, and the maisters of the disputation would not suffer hym so to do, for that it was forbidden before by a lawe, he departed out of the place. This disputatiō ended the xxvi. daye of Ianuarie, and the foresayde conclusions approued by the common consent of the mooste parte, were ratified and obserued, not only at Barne, but also proclaymed by the magistrates in sondry places therereabout, and masses, aultars, and images, were abolyshed in all places. MarginaliaReligion reformed at Berne, Constance & Geneua.After the Religion was thus reformed at Berne, immediatly followed also the lyke reformation at Constance, and afterwarde at Geneua.

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MarginaliaPope Clement the 8It were to long a proces here to recite, the furious actes and pernicious warres and seditions styrred vp by Pope Clement the eight, who in this yeare conspiring with the Venetians and other confederates of Italie, raysed a great armie, and proclaimed warres against the Emperour about the possession of Italy, by the occasion wherof, much bloud was spilt, and muche falshode practised. The Emperour thus constrayned, sent his armie to Millaine, where he tooke the citie and castell. Marching towardes Rome, they tooke the citie and spoiled it, and besieged Pope Clement with his Cardinalles in the mount Adrian, and tooke hym prisoner, who could by no meanes be deliuered before he hadde agreed with the souldiours to pay for his raunsome 40000. floreins. Thus the false Pope vnder false title of holines, was the autour of all mischief and much warre. Who amōges other his furious actes, bearing great hatred against the family of Colum in Rome, because it was imperiall, sayde to Pompey Cardinall of the same familye, in threatning wordes, that he would take away his Cardinalles hatte, to whome it was aunswered againe of the Cardinall, MarginaliaThe aunswere of the Cardinall to the pope that if he so did, he would put on a helmet, to ouerthrowe the Popes triple crowne. Wherby it may ap-eare, here by the waye, what holines and vertue lieth in the Pope and Cardinalles in that catholike sea of Rome.

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Neither was our Cardinal here in Englād behind with his part, as prone to mischiefe as the other Cardinalls were in Rome, who hearing of the captiuity of his father the Pope, laboured with the king all that he might, to stirr him vp, to fight with the Pope against þe Emperor and to be a defendor of the church, which if he would so doo, the Cardinall perswaded him that he should receaue greate reward at godes hande. Tho whom the king aunswered again and said in this maner. My Lord, I more lament this euil chaunce, then my tongue can tell, but wher you say I am the defendor of the faith, I assure you, that this warre betwene þe Emperor & the Pope, is not for the faith, but for temporall possessiones and dominions, MarginaliaThe Pope for temporal possessions.and now, sith Pope Clement is taken by men of warre, what should I doo? My person nor my people cannot reskew him, but if my treasure may help him, take that which semeth to you most conuenient. Thus the Cardinall when he culd not obteyne at the kings handes what he would, in stirring him vp to mortall warre MarginaliaXxiiii. thousand poūds cōueied out of Englād by the lordhe made out of the kinges treasure, xii. scoore thowsand poūd, which he caried ouer sea with him. After this, the Cardinall sent his comission as legate to all the Byshoppes, commaūding fastinges and solempne processions to be hadde, wherein they dyd synge the Lettanie after this sorte, MarginaliaA newe found Lettanie of the Cardinals makyng.Sancta Maria ora pro Clemente Papa, Sante Petre, ora pro Clemente Papa, and so fourth all the Lettanie.

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This Cardinall passing the seas with the forsayde sommes of mony, departed out of Callis, accompanied with Cuthbert Tunstall byshop of London, the Lorde Sandes the kinges Chamberlaine, the Erle of Darbye, syr Henry Guylforde, and syr Thomas Moore, with many other knyghtes and Squiers, to the nomber of xii. hundred horse, hauing in his cariage lxxx. wagones, and lx. moyles and sumpter horse.

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It were to longe to discourse in this place the great and manifolde abuses and treasons, which he practised when he came to the Frēch court at Amias, conuerting the great sommes of money whiche before you harde he hadde obteined of the kyng, for the relief and ransome of Pope Clement, whiche at that tyme was prysoner in the Emperours armie, MarginaliaWarre waged by the Cardinall. and bestowed it in the hyring of souldiours and furnyshyng out of the frenche kinges armie, appoynting also certeine Englishe captaynes in the kyng of Englandes name, to goo againste the Emperour to reskewe the Pope.

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Besydes that he priuely by his letters, caused Clarentius kyng of the Armes, to ioyne with the Frenche Herawlde, and openlye to

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