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children of Israel, that they shoulde not see the clerenesse therof. Exo. xxiiii. and. ii. Corin. iii. I perceiue the same vail remaineth to this day. But whan God shall take it away, then shall these blinde men see. For it is plainlye expressed in the hystory of Bel in the bible 

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'Bell' is Ba'al.

, that God dwelleth in no thinge materyall. O kynge (saith Daniel) be not deceiued. Daniel. xiiii. for God wil be in nothing that is made with handes of men. Act. vii. Oh, what stifnecked people are these, that wil alwaies resist the holye ghost? But as their fathers haue done: so doo they, because they haue stony harts. Wrytten by me Anne Askew that neither wishe death, nor yet fear his might: and as meary, as one þt is bound towardes heauen. Truth is laide in prison. Luk. xxi. The law is turned to Wormwood. Amos. vi. And there can not right iudgement go forth. Esay. lix. Oh forgeue vs al our sinnes, and receiue vs gractiouslye. As for the works of our hands, we wil no more cal vpon them. For it is thou Lord that art our God. Thou shewest euer mercy vnto the fatherles. Oh if they would doo this (saithe the Lorde) I shoulde heale their sores, yea withal my harte woulde I loue them. O Ephraim, what haue I to do with Idols any more? who so is wyse, shal vnderstād this. And he that is rightly enstructed, wil regard it. For the wais of þe Lord are righteous. Such as are godly, wil walk in them. And as for the wicked, they wil stomble at them. Ose. xiiii. Salomon (saith S. Steuen) builded an house for the God of Iacob. Howbeit, the hiest of al, dwelleth not in temples made with hands: As saith the prophet Esaye. lxvi. Heauen is my seat, and thearth is my fotestole What house wil ye build for me? saith þe lord, or what place is it that I shal rest in? hath not my hand made al things? Act. vii. Woman beleue me (saith Christe to the Samaritane) the time is at hand, that ye shall neither in thys moūtain nor yet at Ierusalē worship þe father. Ye worship ye wot not what, but we know what we worship. For saluation commeth of the Iewes. But the hour cometh, and is now, when the true worshippers shal worship the father in sprite & verity Ihon iii. Laboure not (saith Christ) for the meat that pearisheth, but for that that endureth into the life euerlasting which the sonne of manne shal geue you. For him God the father hath sealed. Ihon vii.

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The summe of the condemnation of me Anne Askew at the Guild Hal.

They said to me ther that I was an hereticke, and condempned by the law, if I would stande in mine opinyon. I answeared that I was no hereticke, neyther yet deserued I any death by the lawe of God. But as concerning the faith whiche I vttered and wrote to the counsel I would not (I said) deny it, because I knew it true. Then woulde they neades know if I wold deny the Sarra-ment to be Christes body and bloude of Christ: yea. For the same sonne of God, þt was borne of the virgin Mary, is now glorious in heauē, and wil come againe from thence at the latter day like as he went vp. Act. i. And as for that ye cal youre God, it is a peace of breade. for a more profe theof (marke it whan ye list.) Let it lie in the boxe but iii. moneths, and it wil be mouldy, and so turn to nothinge that is good. Whervpon I am perswaded, that it cā not be god. After that they willed me to haue a priest: And then I smiled. Then they asked me, if it were not good? I saide, I woulde confesse my fautes vnto god. For I was sure that he wold heare me with fauor. And so we were condēpned with a quest 

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This is an error; as Bale's editions make clear, Askew was condemned without a quest. This is an unfortunate copying error of the part of Foxe's compositor, for in pointing out the illegality of her condemnation according to 35 Henry VIII. c 5, Askew was making an important point. Askew's attention to the relevance of her own case to ongoing jurisdictional disputes between common law and ecclesiastical courts was, as Paula McQuade argues, a 'brilliant strategic move' (see Paula McQuade, '"Except that they had offended the Lawe": Gender and Jurisprudence in the Examinations of Anne Askew', Literature & History 3 [1994], 8).

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. My belefe whiche I wrote to the councel was this. MarginaliaThe belefe of Anne Askew concerning the sacramēts.That the Sacramentall bread was left vs to be receiued with thankes geuing, in remembraunce of Christes deathe, the onlye remeady of oure soules to recouer. And that therby we also receiue the whole benefytes and frutes of his most glorious passion. Then woulde they neades know whether the bread in the boxe were God or no. I sayd? god is a spirit, and wil be worshipped in spirit and truthe. Ihon iiii. Then they demaunded. Wil you plainly deny Christ to be in the Sacrament? I answeared that I beleue faythfully the eternal sonne of God not to dwell there 
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Askew's denial of the Real Presence (and thus her heresy according to the Act of the Six Articles) is clear here, but expressed in the context of her denial of the sacrificial nature of the Catholic Mass. For Lutheran-leaning evangelicals and (reformed) sacramentaries alike (who denied the Real Presence altogether), this question of the Mass as a sacrifice was a non-starter: the only propitiatory sacrifice was the one performed by Christ himself at Calvary. Faith alone in that belief provided salvation. In expressing her opinion of the Mass, Askew echoes Crome (as he preached in his infamous 'false' recantation in May 1546): 'a sacrifice it is of thanks gevinng to the only shepherde for his ones afferd offering which hath made a full satisfaccion of all the synnes of them which beleve and cleave to hym by faythe…and it is to us a comemoracion of Chrysts deathe and passion' (British Library MS Harleian 425, 65r-66r; for Crome's 'false' recantations, see Susan Wabuda, 'Equivocation and Recantation during the English Reformation: The "Subtle Shadows" of Dr Edward Crome', Journal of Ecclesiastical History 44 [1993], 224-42).

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. In witnesse wherof I recited again the history of Bel, and the xix. chapiter of Daniell, the vii. and xvii. of the Actes, and the xxiiii. of Mathew, concluding thus. I neither wish deathe, nor yet feare his might, God hathe the prayse therof wyth thanckes.

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¶ My letter sent to the Lord Chaunceler.

THe Lord God, by whom al creatures haue theyr beinge, blesse you with the lighte of his knowledge. Amen. My duty to your lordship remembred &c. It might please you to accept this my bold sute, as þe sute of one, which vpon due considerations is moued to the same and hopeth to obtain. My request to your lordship is only, that it may please the same to be a meane for me to the kinges maiestye, that hys grace may be certefied of these few lines whiche I haue wrytten concerninge my belefe. Which whan it shalbe truly conferred with the hard iudgement geuē me for the same, I think his grace shall wel perceiue me to be wayed in an vneuen pair of balaunces. But I remit my matter and cause to almightye God, whyche rightlye iudgeth all seacreates. And thus I cōmend your Lordshippe to the gouernaunce of hym and felowship of al saintes. Amen.

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By your handmaid Anne Askew.

My faith briefly wrytten to the kings grace.

J Anne Askew of good memorye, althoughe God hathe geuen me the breade of aduersytye and the water of trouble, yet not so muche as my sinnes haue deserued, desire thys to be

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