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set, in place where iustice was accustomed to be kept, there was called fourth Andrew Maynard with diuerse other of the Merindolines. After they had presented them selues and done their homage and reuerence, it was declared vnto them by the Councellour Durandy, that they should not be vnmyndfull of the arest geuen out against them, by the court of parliament of Prouince, by the which arest they wer condempned to be burned, men, wemen, and chyldren. And also that their houses should be beaten downe, their towne rased and made desolate, as is more at large conteyned in the sayde arest. Notwithstanding, it hath pleased the kyng to sende his graces letters of pardon by the whiche commaundemēt is geuen, that he wyll not that the sayde arrest should so rygorously proceade, but if they coulde make it to appeare by sufficient information, that they or any of them, haue swarued from the true religion, either through ignoraunce, or beyng seduced by any maligne spirite, that vnto suche, declaration shoulde be made by the woorde of God, and by that meanes to be reduced again to the flock of Iesus Christ, as is more at large conteined in the said letters whiche were there presently read. And after diuerse ordinaunces made by the sayde court, it was fynally determined, that the byshop of Cauallion with a doctour of deuinitie should in my presence do you to vnderstande, the heresies whiche they pretende you are infected withall. And after good demonstratiō made by the worde of God you should publikely and solemply renounce and abiure the sayd heresies as in suche case is requisite and necessary: and in so doynge, you shall enioye the grace and pardone conteined in the kynges letters. Wherefore shewe your selues this daye, that you bee obedient vnto God, the kyng and iustice. And afterwarde he sayde vnto them agayne: what aunswere you, to that whiche I haue propounded? Then Androow Maynard being bayliefe, desyred that they would graunte them an aduocate to answere accordyng to the instructions that they woulde geue hym, for so muche as they were men vnlearned, and knewe not howe to aunswere properly in suche a case, whereupon the Councell decreed, that they should not answer by aduocate in this case, nether yet by writing but by worde of mouthe, notwithstandinge he would geue them leue to go apart & talke together, but not to aske any counsell, but onely amongest them selues: also they should speake al, one after another. Vpon this determinatiō the bayliefe and the two officers, with twoo other auncient men whiche were first called, talked together a whyle, and determined that the two officers should speake first, and after thē the bayliefe, then the two auncient men euery man according as God shuld geue thē grace,and by and by, presented them selues, whereat the Councellour Durandy was greatly abashed, to see that they had agreed and determined so sodenly. Then Mycheline, Maynarde, began to aunswere, desiryng the Councel and the byshop with the other assistaunce, to pardone hym if that he answered ouer rudely, hauyng regarde that they were poore, rude, and ignoraunt men. His answere here followeth.

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We are greatly bounde sayeth he, to geue God thankes, that besydes other his benefites bestowed vpon vs, he hath nowe deliuered vs from these great assaultes, & that it hath pleased him to touche the heart of our noble king, that our cause myght be intreated with iustice and not by force. In lyke maner are we also bounde to praye for our noble kyng, which folowyng the example of Samuel and Daniell, hath not disdayned to looke vpon the cause of his poore subiectes. Also we render thākes vnto you my Lordes of the parliament, in that it hath pleased you to minister iustice accordinge to the kynges commaundement: Fynally, we thanke you my Lorde Durandy Commissarie in this cause, that it hath pleased you in so few wordes to declare vnto vs the maner and order howe we ought to proceade. And for my part, I greatly desyre to vnderstande & knowe the heresies and errors, wherwith I am accused, and where as they shal make it apeare vnto me, that I haue holden any errours or heresies, I am contented to amende the same, as it shalbe ordeyned and prouided by you.

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After him answered Ienon Romayne a very auncient man, approuing all that whiche his fellowe before had sayde, geuing God thankes that in his time, euen in his latter dayes, he had sene and heard so good newes, that the cause of Religion should be decided and debated by the holy scriptures, and that he had oftē harde auncient men saye, that they coulde neuer obteine of the iudges in all their persecution to haue their cause debated in such sorte.

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Then Androw Maynard the bayliefe aunswered saying: that God had shewed his fauour vnto the two officers of Merindole, in that thei had aunswered so well, that it was not necessary for hym to saye or adde more there vnto. Notwithstanding it semed good that their answeres were put in wryting, whiche was not done by the secretaries, that had done nothing els but laughe & mocke one at another, as one not expert in suche affaires. Wherfore he required the Comissarie to forsee, and to loke vnto the matter. Then the Comissarie was maruaylously agreued and sharpely rebuked hys Secretarie, commaundyng hym to sytt nerer and to wryte their aunsweres woorde for worde, and he hym selfe began to repeate their aunsweres, and oftentymes asked if it were not so. The sayde aunsweres beyng thus put

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