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uince, whiche confession was red before hym, by Castellanus his ordinary reader, and beyng diligently consydered in euerie poynt, the kyng demaunded in what poynte they found any fault or thyng to be reuoked. And no man durst open his mouthe to speake againste it, whiche confession for breuities sake, we wyll here passe ouer. When their confession was presented vnto the hyghe Courte of parliament, and more at large declared by articles annexed thereunto delyuered vnto the byshop of Cauallion, & vnto Cardinal Sadolet, with a suplication annexed thereunto, conteyninge that the inhabitauntes of Cabriers moste humbly desyred hym, because he was a manne of great name and renoume, and also learned in the Scriptures, that he woulde vouchsafe to rede ouer their confession, and to marke suche articles, as he thought to be against the holye scriptures. And where as he shoulde make it appeare vnto them, that there were any thyng contrary or against the same, they woulde not onely submitte them selues vnto abiuration, but also to suffer suche punyshement of bodye as shoulde be adiudged vnto them, with suche fynes of money, euen to the vtter losse of all theyr goodes, aswell mouables as immouables. Lykewyse if so be, there were none that woulde declare vnto them by good and sufficient informacion, that they haue holden anye erronious doctrine, or other peruerse religion, that he would also in lyke sorte, certifie them.

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Vpon this request Cardinall Sadolet aunswered by his letters wrytten by his secretary and sygned with his owne hande, the tenour whereof here ensueth.

MarginaliaThe aunswere of Cardinall Sadolett.I haue sene your request, & haue read the articles of your confession, wherin there is much matter conteined, and do not vnderstand that you are accused for any other doctrine, but for the verie same whiche you haue confessed. It is moste true, that many haue reported diuers thinges of you, worthy of reprofe, whiche after diligent enquyry made, we haue founde to be nothing els but false reportes and sclaunders. As touchyng the rest of your articles, it semeth vnto me, that there are many woordes therin, which might wel be chaunged without preiudice vnto your cōfession. And likewyse it semeth that it is not necessary that you should speake so manifestly against the pastors of the church. For my part, I desire your welfare, & would be sory that you should be so spoyled or destroyed, as they do pretende. And to the ende you shal the better vnderstand my amitie and frendship towardes you, suche a day I will be at my house by Cabriers, whether as ye may resort vnto me, either in great or small nomber as you wyll, and returne safely without any hurt or damage, and there I wil aduertise you of all thynges that I thinke mete for your pro-fytt and health.

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About this time, which was the yeare of our Lorde 1542. The vice Legate of Auinion, assembled a great nomber of men of warre, at þe sute of the byshop of Cauallion, to destroy Cabriers, when the armye was come within a myle of Cabriers, the Cardinall Sadolette, went with spede vnto the vyce Legate, and shewed hym the request of the inhabitauntes of Cabriers, with the articles of their confessiō and the offers that they made, so that for that present, the armie retired without any hurt or damage dome vnto the inhabitauntes of Cabriers. After this the Cardinall Sadolet went vnto Rome. But before his departure, he sent for diuerse of Cabriers, and certaine farmers of his owne (for he woulde haue no farmars but all of that people) and tolde them that he woulde haue them in remembraunce, as sone as he came vnto Rome, and cōmunicate their articles and confession vnto the Cardinalles, trustinge to finde a meane, to haue some good reformation, that God should be therby gloryfied, and all christendome set in vnitie and concorde. At the least nothyng at al doubting, but that the foulest abuses shoulde be corrected and amended, aduertysing them in the meane time to be wyse and circumspecte, to watche and to praye, for that they had many enemies.

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They of Cabriers were greatly comforted, trustyng that at the sute of Cardinal Sadolet, they should haue aunswere of their confession. But at his returne, they vnderstode al things to be so corrupte at Rome, that there was no hope of any reformation on that parte, but rather mortall warre against all suche as would not lyue accordinge to the ordinaunces of the churche of Rome. Lykewyse sayde the Treasurer of Carpentras, who albeit he payd out mony to furnyshe souldiours that were hyred for the destruction of Cabriers, notwithstanding he did ayde thē secretly all that he might, howbeit he could not do it so secretly, but that it came to the knowledge of the Legate, wher vpon he was constrayned to withdrawe hym selfe. On the other parte, the byshop of Aix & Cauallion persued stil the execution of Merindole. Then it was ordeined by the court of parliament, that according to the kinges letters, Iohn Durandy Councellour of the courte of parliament, with a Secretarie and the byshop of Caualliō, with a doctour of deuinitie, shuld go vnto the place, and there declare vnto the inhabitauntes of Merindole, the errours and heresies, whiche they pretend to be conteined in their confession to make them apparant by good and sufficient information.

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And hauing so conuicte them by the worde of God, to make them renounce and abiure the the sayde heresies, and in so doynge they to be quite of all punishement and condempnation

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