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Actes and Monuments Of the Churche.

and raigne stande by me. Then aunswered he, Loo maister doctoures, here is the learned and the wise manne that you tolde me of.

Thē they kneled down and said, we desire your grace to be good vnto him, for he wil be reformable. Then said he stand you vp, for your sakes & thuniuersity we wil be good vnto hī. How saist þu M. D. Doste þu not know þt am legatus de latere & that I am able to dispēce in al matters concerning religion wtin this realme, as much as the pope may? He said. I know it to be so. wilt thou thē be ruled by vs, & we wil do al things for thy honesty, & for the honesty of thuniuersity? He answered. I thāk your grace for your good wil, I wil stick to þe holy scripture & to gods boke, acording to þe simple talent þt God hath lent me. Answer wel said he, þu shalt haue thy learning tried to thuttermost, and þu shalt haue the law. Then he required him þt he might haue iustice wt equity, & forthwith he shuld haue gon to the towre, but þt Gardiner & Foxe became his suretyes þt nyght, & so came home to master Parnels house again: and þt night fell to wryting againe & slept not. M. Couerdall, M. Gudwin and ma. Felde being his wryters. And in the morning came to York place to Gard. & to Foxe, and by and by he was cōmitted to þe sargeaunt of armes to bring him into the chapter house at West. before the bishops, & thabbot of Westm. called Islip. MarginaliaStiliard men examined for lollardry. And ther wer afore he cam v. stilliard mē to be examined for Luthers bokes & lowlardrye. And after they spied Barnes, they set the other a side, and asked the sargeaunt of armes what was his errand, he said he had broughte one D. Barnes to be examined of heresy, and presented both his articles and his accusers. Then immediatly after a litle talk, they sware him, and laid his articles to him: and as he said to my Lord Cardinall, so said he vnto them, and then he offred the boke of his probations. Then they asked him whether he had another for him self, and he said yea, and shewed it them, then they toke it from hym, and said they shuld haue no leasure to dispute with him, they had such affairs to do of the kings maiesty: and bad him stand a side. Then they called the stilliard men again one by one, & when they were examined, they called forthe the Mast. of þe Flete, and they were cōmitted all to the Flete, then they called D. Barnes again, & asked hym whether he wold subscribe to his articles or no, & he subscribed willingly: & thē they committed him & yong ma. Parnel to the Flete also wt the other. There they remained til Saterday in the morning. And the Warden of the Flete was cōmaunded that no man should speake with him. Then master Raignolds with the residue, wēt & told master Parnel & mistres Pernel & all his frends, & they were very heauy for them. On þe saterday he came again afore thē into the chapter house, and ther with the stiliarde men remained til v. a clocke at night. And after long disputations, threatnings, laughings and skornings aboute v. a clocke at nighte, they called hym to knowe whether he woulde abiure or burne, he was then in a great agony, and thought rather to burne then to abiure. But then was he put again to haue the councel of Gardener and Foxe, and they perswaded him rather to abiure then to burne. Because they said he should doo more in time to come, and with diuers other perswasions that was mighty in the sight of reson and folish flesh. Vpon that kneling vpon his knees, he consented to abiure, and the abiuration put in his hād, he abiured as it was ther wrytten, & then he subscribed with his owne hand: and yet they would skarsly receiue him into the bosome of the church as they termed it. Then they put him to an oth, and charged him to execute, doo, and fulfil, al that they commaunded him, and he promised so to. Then 

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Barnes' abjuration took place on 11 February 1526.

they cōmaunded the Warden of the Flete to cary him with his fellowes to the place from whēce he came, and to be kept in close prison: & in the morning to prouide v. fagots for D. Barnes, and the iiii. stilliard men, the v. Stilliard was commaunded to haue a taper of v. pounde waighte to be prouided for him, to offer to the roode of Northen in Paules. And all these thinges to be ready by viii. of the clocke in the morninge, and that he wyth all that he coulde make with billes and gleues, The knight marshall withall his tippe staues that he could make, to brynge him to Paules, and to conduct them home againe. In the morninge they were all readye by their houre appoynted in Paules Church, the Churche beinge so full that no man could get in. My Lord Cardinall had a skaffold made on the toppe of the staires for hym selfe, wyth xxxvi. Abbots, mitred Priors and bishops and he in his whole pompe mitred that Barns spake against, sate ther intronised, his chaplens & spiritual doctors in gownes of Damaske and Saten, and he him selfe in Purple, euen lyke a bloudy Antichrist, and there was a new pulpet erected on the top of the staires also, for the Byshop of Rochester to preach against Luther and D. Barnes: & great baskets ful of bokes stāding before them within the railes, which was commaunded after the greate fyre was made afore the rode of Northen there to be burned, & these heretickes after the sermond to go thrise about the fyre, and to cast in their faggots. now while the sermond was a doing D. B. and the Stilliard men were commaunded to knele down and aske God forgeuenesse, the Catholike churche, and my Lordes grace, and after that he was cōmaunded at the end of the Sermonde to declare that he was more charitablier handled, then he deserued or was worthye, his heresyes were so horrible and so detestable: & once againe kneled down on his knees, & desiringe the people of forgeuenes & to pray for him, & so my lord Car. departed vnder a canapy wt all his mitred men wt

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