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of the pryson had betwene Simons & him. He prayed the shriues to deliuer him from Satan for he was content to confirme his faith with the sheding of his bloud, & asked maister shreue and he were redy, & bad him to set forwards and then the shreues cōmaunded that doctour Simons should go to the stake before and tary his cōming (he said he would) but fearing the people he went his waye, then maister Bainā prayed Rainold West to goo with him to the stake, & to be at hande with him till he ware dead, and so forwardes he went to the stake on may day at afternoone, & there ware many horsemen about the stake. When the said maister Bainam had praied liyng flat vpon the groūd then rising vp and imbracing the stake, stoode vpright on the pitche barell & closed the chaine about his middell, the sargeauntes making it fast behind him, these wordes he spake. I am come hether good people, accused & condēpned for an heretike. Sir Thomas More being both my accuser & my iudge, and these be þe articles that I die for, whiche be a very truthe and grounded on Gods worde and no heresie.

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MarginaliaThe cause of Frithes death.Whiche bee these. Firste I saye it is laweful for euery man & womā, to haue Gods boke in their mother tōgue. The second that the bishop of Rome is Antechrist, & that he knoweth none other keyes of heauē gates but onely the preaching of the lawe and the gospel, and that there is none other purgatory, then the purgatory of Christes bloud, & the purgatory of the crosse of Christ, which is al persecutiōs & afflictiōs, & no such purgatory as they fayne of their own imagination. For their soules immediatly go to heauen & rest with Iesus Christ for euer. MarginaliaThomas Becket.They lay to my charge that I should saye that Thomas Becket is no saint but dāpned in hell, for this I reade on him that he was a wicked man, a traitour to þe crown & Realme of England, & enemy to al Christes religion, and a shedder of innocent bloud, for euen for murdering & sheding of bloud, was he made a saint. Thē answered maister Paue, thou liest thou heretike thou deniest the blessed sacramēt of the altar. I doo not deny the sacrament of Christes body and bloud, as it was instituted of Christ and vsed of the holy Apostles, but I deny your transubstantiation, and your idolatry to the bread, and that Christ God and man should dwel in a piece of bread, but þt he is in heauen sitting on the right hand of God the father, but it is an idol as you vse it in your abhominable masse, making it a sacrifice propiciatorie for the quicke & the dead, & robbinge the church of one kinde. Thou heretike said Paue set fier to him & burne him, & as the traine of gunpouder came toward him he lifted vp his eies & handes vnto heauē, & said to Paue, god forgeue thee & show thee more mercy thē thou shewest to me, the Lorde forgeue sir ThomasMore, & pray for me al good people, & so praying til the fier toke his bowels & his head. &c.

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This story came from Edward Hall, The union of the two noble and illustre families of Lancastre and Yorke (London, 1548), STC 12721, fo. 202r.

M. Paue the towne clarke of this citie, wēt & bought ropes & vsed to pray in his house in a hie garret, where he had a Rode before whom he bitterly wepte, & as his own mayd cōming vp, found him so doing, he bad her take the rusty sword & go make it cleane, & trouble him no more, & immediatly he tied vp the rope & hung him selfe, þe maydes hart robbed & she came vp, & then he was but new hanged, & she hauing no power to helpe him, ran criyng to churche to her mistres to fetche her home, his seruauntes & clarkes, he had sent them out to Finisbery & to M. Edney sargeant to my lord Mayer, dwelling ouer byshops gate, to tary him at fynsbery court til he came. And thus much for the life and conuersation of Iames Beinam. Here now the particuler histories of the foresayde maister Bainams abiuration, and afterwards of his death and martirdome.

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THe xv. day of the moneth of Decēber in the 1531. yeare, Iames Bainam sonne to one M. Bainā a knight of Glocestershire, which Iames Bainam was a parishioner of S. Dunstones in the east of the citie of London, was brought before the bishop of Lōdon at chelsey, in þe house of S. Thomas More lord Chauncelour of England. These articles hereafter ensuing, being laid against him.

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MarginaliaPurgatoryFirst that he should say affirme & beleue, þt there is no purgatory for soules after this life to the whiche he answered & sayd, that for thē that die in the faith of Christ, there is no purgatory, for that the passion of Christ hath purged them cleane already.

MarginaliaHonoring & prayinge to saintes.Secondly þt the saintes þt be dead are not to be honored, nor to be praied to, to pray for vs.

MarginaliaAuriculer confessyon.Thirdly, that confession to a priest is not necessary, that God forgeueth synne, when so euer he is called vpon with true repentance.

Fourthly, he confessed that the truthe of holy scripture was not so plainly & expressely declared vnto the people in viii. C. yeare before as it had bene six yeares past, for that he knew no man to haue preached the worde of God so sincerely & truly, as M. Crome & M. Latimer, he said the churche might erre, MarginaliaTwo churches.& that there be two churches, the church of Christ, & the church of Antechrist, & that the churche of Antechriste doth & may erre, & the church of Christ not.

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Fiftly, he sayeth and thinketh, þt if men had moued any thing to S. Paul of purgatory, he would haue condempned it for an heresie. MarginaliaVowe of chastity.Sixtly he sayeth, that a monke, frier, priest, or nonne, that haue vowed the vowes of religiō, and are not able to keepe their promyse that they made in baptisme, may go fourth and mary, so that they kepe their promyse that they made in baptisme after they are maried.

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