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K. Henry. 8. Barnes, Garret, and Hierome, Martyrs.

Marginalia1541.preache to you that Saintes ought to bee prayed vnto: for thē should I preach vnto you a doctrine of my owne head. Notwithstādyng whether they pray for vs or no, that I referre to God. And if Saintes do pray for vs, then I trust to pray for you with in this halfe houre master Shriffe, and for euery Christian man lyuyng in the fayth of Christ & dying in th same as a Saint. Wherfore if the dead may pray for the quicke, I will surely pray for you.

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Well, haue ye any thyng more to say? Then spake hee to master Shriffe and sayd, haue ye any Articles agaynst me for the whiche I am condemned? And the Shriffe aunswered, no. MarginaliaNo cause shewed why Doct. Barnes dyed.Then sayd hee, is there here any man els that knoweth wherefore I dye, or that by my preachyng hath taken any errour? Let them now speake and I will make them aunswere. And no man aunswered. Then sayd he, well I am condemned by the law to dye, and as I vnderstand, by an Acte of Parliament, but wherfore, I cannot tell, but belyke for heresie, for we are like to burne. MarginaliaD. Barnes praying for hys enemyes.But they that haue bene the occasiō of it, I pray God forgeue them, as I would be forgiuen my selfe. And D. Steuen 

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This barbed word of 'forgiveness' to Gardiner appears to have laid the foundation of the claim that Gardiner was the mastermind behind the executions.

Byshop of Wynchester that now is, if hee haue sought or wrought this my death either by worde or dede, I pray God forgeue hym as hartly, as freely, as charitably, and without faynyng, as euer Christ forgaue thē that put him to death.

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And if any of the Councell, or any other haue sought or wrought it thorough malice or ignoraunce, I pray God forgiue their ignoraūce and illuminate their eyes that they may see and aske mercy for it. MarginaliaD. Barnes prayeth for the kyng.I besech you all to pray for the kynges grace, as I haue done euer since I was in prison, and do now, that God may giue hym prosperitie, and that hee may long raigne among you, & after hym that godly Prince Edward may so reigne, that hee may finishe those thynges that hys father hath begon. I haue bene reported a preacher of sedition and disobedience vnto the kynges maiestie, but heare I say to you, that you all are bound by the commaundement of God to obey your Prince with all humilitie, & with all your hart, yea not so much as in a looke to shewe your selues disobediēt vnto him, and that not onely for feare of the sword, but also for conscience sake before God. Yea and I say further, if the kyng should commaunde you any thyng agaynst Gods law, if it bee in your power to resiste hym, yet may you not do it.

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MarginaliaFiue requestes of D. Barnes to the king.Then spake he to the Shriffe & sayd, master Shriffe I require you on Gods behalfe, to haue me commēded vnto the kynges grace, and to shew him that I require of his grace these fiue requestes: MarginaliaThe first request.First that where hys grace hath receiued into his handes, all the goodes and substaunce of þe Abbeys. Then þe Shriffe desired hym to stoppe there. He aūswered, Maister Shriffe I warrant you I will speake no harme, for I know it is well done that all such superstition bee cleane taken away, and the kyngs grace hath well done in takyng it away. MarginaliaThe king of Englād made a whole king by poore preachers.But his grace is made a whole king, and obeyed in his Realme as a kyng (which neither his father nor graūdfather, neither his aunceters that raigned before hym euer had) and that thorough the preachyng of vs and such other wretches as we are, whiche all wayes haue applied our whole studyes, and geuē our selues for the settyng forth of the same, and this is now our reward. Well it maketh no matter. Now hee raigneth among you: I pray God long may he lyue and reigne among you. Would to God it might please his grace to bestow the sayd goods or some of them, to the comforte of hys poore subiectes, whiche surely haue great nede of them.

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MarginaliaThe 2. request of D. Barnes to the king.The second that I desire his grace, is, that he will see that matrimony be had in more reuerence then it is, and that men for euery light cause inuented, cast not of their wiues and lyue in adultery and fornication, and that those that be not maryed, should not abominablye lyue in whoredome, folowyng þe filthy lustes of þe fleshe.

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MarginaliaThe 3. request.The thyrd, that the abominable swearers may bee punished and straitlye looked vpon: for the vengeance of God will come one thē for their mischieuous othes. Then desired he master Pope to haue him commēded to M. Edgar & to desire hym for the deare bloud of Iesu Christ, MarginaliaDoct. Barnes request to M. Edgar to leaue swearing.that hee would leaue that abominable swearyng whiche he vsed, for surely except he did forsake it, he would come to some mischeuous ende.

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MarginaliaThe fourth request.The fourth, that hys grace woulde set foorth Christes true Religion, and seyng he hath begonne, that hee woulde goe forwarde and make an ende, for many thynges haue bene done, but much more is to doe: and that it woulde please hys grace to looke on Gods worde him selfe, for it hath bene obscured with many traditions inuented of our owne braynes. Now sayd he, how many petitiōs haue I spoken of? And the people sayd foure. Well sayd hee, euen these foure bee sufficient, whiche I desire you, that the kynges grace may bee certified of, and say that I most humbly desire hym to looke earnestly vpon them: and that hys grace take heede that hee be not deceiued with false preachers and teachers and euill counsayle, for Christ sayth that such false Prophetes shall come in Lambes skinnes.

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Then desired he all men to forgeue him, and if he had sayd any euyll at any time vnaduisedly, wherby he had offended any man, or geuen any occasion of euyll, that they would forgeue it hym, and amende that euyll they tooke of him, and to beare him witnes, MarginaliaDoct. Barnes cleareth hym selfe of all heresie.that he detested and abhorred all euyll opinions and doctrines against þe word of God, & that he dyed in þe faith of Iesu Christ, by whō he doubted not, but to be saued. And with those wordes he desyred thē all to pray for him, & then he turned him about, & put of his clothes, making hym ready to the fire, paciently there to take his death.

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MarginaliaThe protestatiō and confession of Hierome and Garret.The like 

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No independent witness to Garret and Jerome's confessions from the stake survives. They were first introduced in 1570 and retained unaltered thereafter. It is possible that one of the various manuscript versions of Barnes' Protestation also included these texts.

confession also made Hierome and Garret, professing in like maner their beliefe, reciting all the articles of the Christian fayth, brieflye declaring their myndes vpon euerye article, as the tyme would suffer: whereby the people might vnderstande that there was no cause nor errour in their fayth, wherfore iustly they ought to be condemned: Protesting moreouer that they denyed nothing that was eyther in the old or new Testament, set foorth by theyr soueraygne Lord the kyng: whom they prayed the Lord long to continue amongest them, with his most deare Sonne Prince Edward. Which done Hierome added this exhortation in few wordes following.

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MarginaliaThe exhortation of Hierome to the people.I say vnto you good brethren, þt God hath bought vs all with no small price, neither with gold nor syluer, or other such thinges of small value, but with his most precious bloud. Be not vnthankefull therefore to him agayn, but do as much as to Christian men belongeth, to fulfill his commaundementes, that is, loue your brethren. Loue hurteth no man, loue fulfilleth al thinges. Yf God haue sent thee plenty, helpe thy neighbour that hath neede. Geue him good councell. Yf he lacke, consider if thou were in necessitie thou wouldest gladly be refreshed. And agayne, beare your crosse with Christ. Consider what reproofe, sclaunder, and reproch he suffered of his enemies, and how paciently he suffered all thinges. Consider that all that Christ did, was of hys mere goodnes, and not of our deseruing. For if we could merite our own saluatiō, Christ would not haue dyed for vs. But for Adams breakyng of Gods precept, we had bene all lost, if Christ had not redemed vs agayne. And lyke as Adam broke the preceptes, and was driuen out of Paradise: so we, if we breake Gods commaundementes, shall haue damnation, if we do not repente and aske mercye. Nowe therefore let all Christiās put no trust nor confidence in their workes, but in the bloud of Christ, to whō I cōmit my soule to guide, beseching you all to pray to God for me & for my brethren here present with me, that our soules leauyng these wretched carcases, may constantly departe in the true fayth of Christ.

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