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in wrytyng, the Comissarie asked the Baylief if he hadde any more to aunswere, saying that he hadde doone hym great pleasure to showe hym his Secretaries faulte, wyllyng hym to speake boldely what he thought good for the defence of their cause. Then the Bayliefe sayd vnto hym, for so muche as it hath pleased you to geue me audience and licence to speake frelye, me thynketh there is a great faulte in this iudgement, for there is no party that dothe accuse, for if we hadde an accuser present, or that it semed good before you as the scrypture doth ordeyne, and to suffer the defaulte and punishment dew vnto such as are heretykes, I thinke he woulde be as greatly troubled to mayntein his accusations, as we to aunwere vnto the same.

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After hym, aunswered Iohn Palenque, one of the aūcientes of Merindol, and Iohn Brunroll Lieftenant to the Bayliefe of Merindole, who desyred to see the power of Monseur Durandi Comissarie in this cause, and therfore requyred the sayde Durandy, that it would please hym to open the same, concludyng that if it dyd not appeare by good and sufficient information against them, that they hadde swarued from the faythe, or that there were no accuser that woulde come fourth against them, they ought to be fully absolued without beyng any more troubled either in body or goodes.

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These thyngs were thus debated from vii. of the clocke in the mornyng tyll about xi. at noone. Then the Comissarie dismissed them til after dynner. The same day at one of the clock at after noone, they of Merindole were called for, and demaunded whether they would saye any thyng els touchyng that whiche was propoūded in the mornyng. They aunswered no. Then sayde the Comissarie, what do you conclude for your defence? The two officers aunswered: we conclude that it woulde please you to declare vnto vs the errors & heresyes, wherof we are accused. Then the Comissarie asked the byshop of Cauallion, what informations he hadde against hym. The byshop spake vnto hym in his eare, and woulde not aunswere aloude. This talke in the eare continued almost halfe an houre, that the Comissary and all other that stode thereby, were wery thereof. In the ende, the Comyssary sayde vnto them of Merindole, that the byshop of Cauallion hadd tolde hym that it was not needefull to make it apparaunt by information, for suche was the common reporte. Hereunto they of Merindole aunswered: that they requyred the causes and reasons alleaged by the byshop of Cauallion, should be put in wrytinge. The byshop was earnest to the contrary, and would haue nothyng that eyther he sayde or alleaged to bee put in wrytyng. Then Iohn Brunroll requyred the Comissarie, that at the least he wouldeput in wrytynge that the byshoppe woulde speake nothyng against them that they coulde vnderstande, and that he woulde not speake before the Comissarie but onely in his eare. The byshop on the contrarie part, defended that he woulde not be named in proces. There was great disputation vpon this matter and continued longe: Then the Comissary speakynge vnto the doctour of deuinitie asked hym, whether he hadde conference vpon any of the articles, whiche he shoulde make demonstration of, vnto to them of Merindole. The Doctoure aunswered that he hadde communication touthynge their confession, but vpon nothing els. Then the Comissarie asked the Doctour whether there were any hereticall opinions in the sayde confessions, that he shoulde make them appeare by the worde of God, either of the olde or newe testaments. Then the Doctour spake in Latin by a long while, and after that he had made an ende, Androw Maynarde desyred the Comissary accordyng as he hadd propounded the errours of heresies, that they were accused apparaunt vnto them, or at the least, to marke those articles of their confession whiche the byshop and the Doctour pretended to be hereticall, requyring hym also to put in register, their refusall aswell of the byshoppe as of the Doctour, whereof the one spake in his eare, & the other in Latin, þt they of Merindole coulde not vnderstande one worde. And this was the whole some of that whiche was done at after noone. And many that were come thether, thynkyng to see goodly demonstrations made were marueylously abashed, to see the byshop and the Doctours so vanquyshed and confused, and were moued to requyre copies of the confession of their faythe, whereby many were conuerted, and specially thre Doctours which came thether dyuerse tymes, thynkyng to disswade them of Merindole from theyr faythe. Wherof the one Maister Doctour Gombaudy which was Priour of saint Maximine, is now a preacher in the terrytory of the Lordes of Bernes, and Doctour Somauie, is preacher & minister in the Baillywicke of Tonone, and Doctour Herawdie, pastor and minister in the countie of Newe Castle.

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After this, the inhabitauntes of Merindole, were in rest and quiet for a certaine space, in so muche that euery man feared to goo about to trouble them, seyng those whiche persecuted them, did receaue nothyng but shame and confusion, as it did manifestly appeare by the sodayne death of the Presydent Chassane, but more manifestly by the horrible death of one named De roma, whiche was the mooste wycked and cruell man that myght be, and afflicted the poore Christians, with moste cruel tormentes that coulde be deuysed. The leaste payne that euer he tormēted any by, was this:

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