Thematic Divisions in Book 11
1. The Martyrdom of Rogers 2. The Martyrdom of Saunders 3. Saunders' Letters 4. Hooper's Martyrdom 5. Hooper's Letters 6. Rowland Taylor's Martyrdom 7. Becket's Image and other events 8. Miles Coverdale and the Denmark Letters 9. Bonner and Reconciliation 10. Judge Hales 11. The Martyrdom of Thomas Tomkins 12. The Martyrdom of William Hunter 13. The Martyrdom of Higbed and Causton 14. The Martyrdom of Pigot, Knight and Laurence 15. Robert Farrar's Martyrdom 16. The Martyrdom of Rawlins/Rowland White17. The Restoration of Abbey Lands and other events in Spring 155518. The Providential Death of the Parson of Arundel 19. The Martyrdom of John Awcocke 20. The Martyrdom of George Marsh 21. The Letters of George Marsh 22. The Martyrdom of William Flower 23. The Martyrdom of Cardmaker and Warne 24. Letters of Warne and Cardmaker 25. The Martyrdom of Ardley and Simpson 26. John Tooly 27. The Examination of Robert Bromley [nb This is part of the Tooly affair]28. The Martyrdom of Thomas Haukes 29. Letters of Haukes 30. The Martyrdom of Thomas Watts 31. Mary's False Pregnancy32. Censorship Proclamation 33. Our Lady' Psalter 34. Martyrdom of Osmund, Bamford, Osborne and Chamberlain35. The Martyrdom of John Bradford 36. Bradford's Letters 37. William Minge 38. James Trevisam 39. The Martyrdom of John Bland 40. The Martyrdom of Frankesh, Middleton and Sheterden 41. Sheterden's Letters 42. Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley 43. Martyrdom of Christopher Wade 44. Martyrdom of Carver and Launder 45. Martyrdom of Thomas Iveson 46. John Aleworth 47. Martyrdom of James Abbes 48. Martyrdom of Denley, Newman and Pacingham 49. Richard Hooke 50. Martyrdom of William Coker, et al 51. Martyrdom of George Tankerfield, et al 52. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Smith 53. Martyrdom of Harwood and Fust 54. Martyrdom of William Haile 55. George King, Thomas Leyes and John Wade 56. William Andrew 57. Martyrdom of Robert Samuel 58. Samuel's Letters 59. William Allen 60. Martyrdom of Roger Coo 61. Martyrdom of Thomas Cobb 62. Martyrdom of Catmer, Streater, Burwood, Brodbridge, Tutty 63. Martyrdom of Hayward and Goreway 64. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Glover 65. Cornelius Bungey 66. John and William Glover 67. Martyrdom of Wolsey and Pigot 68. Life and Character of Nicholas Ridley 69. Ridley's Letters 70. Life of Hugh Latimer 71. Latimer's Letters 72. Ridley and Latimer Re-examined and Executed73. More Letters of Ridley 74. Life and Death of Stephen Gardiner 75. Martyrdom of Webb, Roper and Park 76. William Wiseman 77. James Gore 78. Examinations and Martyrdom of John Philpot 79. Philpot's Letters 80. Martyrdom of Thomas Whittle, Barlett Green, et al 81. Letters of Thomas Wittle 82. Life of Bartlett Green 83. Letters of Bartlett Green 84. Thomas Browne 85. John Tudson 86. John Went 87. Isobel Foster 88. Joan Lashford 89. Five Canterbury Martyrs 90. Life and Martyrdom of Cranmer 91. Letters of Cranmer 92. Martyrdom of Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield 93. Persecution in Salisbury Maundrell, Coberly and Spicer 94. William Tyms, et al 95. Letters of Tyms 96. The Norfolk Supplication 97. Martyrdom of John Harpole and Joan Beach 98. John Hullier 99. Hullier's Letters 100. Christopher Lister and five other martyrs 101. Hugh Lauerocke and John Apprice 102. Katherine Hut, Elizabeth Thacknell, et al 103. Thomas Drury and Thomas Croker 104. Thomas Spicer, John Deny and Edmund Poole 105. Persecution of Winson and Mendlesam 106. Gregory Crow 107. William Slech 108. Avington Read, et al 109. Wood and Miles 110. Adherall and Clement 111. A Merchant's Servant Executed at Leicester 112. Thirteen Burnt at Stratford-le-Bow113. Persecution in Lichfield 114. Hunt, Norrice, Parret 115. Martyrdom of Bernard, Lawson and Foster 116. Examinations of John Fortune117. John Careless 118. Letters of John Careless 119. Martyrdom of Julius Palmer 120. Agnes Wardall 121. Peter Moone and his wife 122. Guernsey Martyrdoms 123. Dungate, Foreman and Tree 124. Martyrdom of Thomas More125. Examination of John Jackson126. Examination of John Newman 127. Martyrdom of Joan Waste 128. Martyrdom of Edward Sharpe 129. Four Burnt at Mayfield at Sussex 130. John Horne and a woman 131. William Dangerfield 132. Northampton Shoemaker 133. Prisoners Starved at Canterbury 134. More Persecution at Lichfield
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1746 [1707]

Queene Mary. The K. of Denmarkes letter with Q. Maries aūswere. The Popes absolution.

Marginalia1555. February.fieri posset, magis honorem nostrum, quam quid ab eo exigi possit, consideraturam. Itaq̀ Serentitatem vestram repetitis precibus vrgere non constituimus: sed potius testatum facere, quam accepta nobis Serenitatis vestræ gratificatio sit, cuius talem euētum omninò speramus, vt ipse Couerdalus coram nobis suæ incolumitatis a Serenitate vestra exoratæ beneficium propediem repræsentare possit. Illud vero imprimis Serenitati vestræ vicissim persuasum esse cupimus, nos non solū refendæ gratiæ, sed etiam stabiliendæ prouehendæq; inter nos ac regna vtrinq̀ nostra amicitiæ ac necessitudinis mutuæ occasionem aut facultatem nullam esse prætermissuros. Deus opt. max. Serenitatem vestra diu, fœliciter, ac beatè incolumen esse velit. Datæ ex opido nostre Ottoniensi. 24. Septemb. Anno. 1554.

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Vester frater & consangui-
neus Christianus.

¶ The same in Englishe.
¶ Christierne by the grace of God K. of Denmarke, Norway, Gotland, and of the Vandals: Duke of Sleswik, Holston, Stormar and Detmarsh: Earle of Oldenburgh and Delmenhorst, &c. To the most noble Princes and Lady Mary Quene of England, Fraunce, & Ireland, defender of the faith &c. Our most dearly beloued Sister and Cousin, wisheth prosperity with good and luckie successe of all thinges.

MarginaliaThe same epistle in English.WE haue receaued your Maiesties letters, whereby aunswere is rendred, and that very graciously vnto our petition which we made for the safegard of Maister Couerdale, late called B. of Exon: So that we perceiue, though he be in daunger for an other cause thē was signified vnto vs afore, yet your Maiesty will so regard our intercession, that Couerdale him selfe shal vnderstand it to haue done him good. To the which Regal promise, seing we (as reason is we should do) attribute so much, that trusting vnto the same, we doubt not, where as, hee being in captiuity, his frendes (whom we especially tender) are therefore in heauines and care, your good promise doth call them from such sorrowe and solicitude, to the hope and expectation of his assured welfare: we could not do otherwise, but render thankes vnto your Maiestie for such your ready and gratious good will, not onely in respecte of thys benefite, but also of the conseruation and keeping of perpetuall amitie betwene vs and our Realmes, and so as much as in vs lyeth, to omitte nothing that to the nourishing & continuance of these fortunate beginnings might appertaine. Neyther had we euer any doubt cōcerning the clemency and moderation of your goodnes, whom we hartely besech almighty God, euer more & more to prosper, vnto the glory of his name, and profite of the common weale. Wherfore seing your Maiesty writeth that Maister Couerdale is in daunger for certayne accomptes of money, and not for any other more greuous offence, wee haue cause on his behalfe to reioyce: and therefore we doubt so much the lesse, that at our request, he shall graciously haue hys deliueraunce geuen him and be out of daunger. For as touching the bishopricke, by reason whereof hee came in debt, we vnderstand he yelded it vp, that payment might thereof be required, specially seing he is reputed neyther to haue enioyed it long, neither to haue had at any tyme so great commodity of it. Moreouer, though it be possible to finde some perplexitie in the accompt, or happely some other cause, yet your maiesties letters offring such fauour and benignitie, haue takē from vs all carefulnes and doubt: In so much that we thynke your maiesty (asmuch as may bee) will haue more respect vnto our honour, then vnto that which might of hym be requyred. And therefore we purpose not to trouble your maiestie by repetyng of our petition, but to declare how greatly we esteme it, that your maiesty would gratify vs herin: wherof we playnly hope for such an ende that Couerdale him selfe shall shortly in our presence make declaration concerning the benefite of his welfare obteined of your maiestie. And of this we desyre your maiesty to be specially assured again, that we will not only omitte no occasion or oportunity to requite thys benefite, but also to establysh and amplifie our mutuall loue and amity betwene vs and our realmes on either syde. Almighty god preserue your Maiestie in prosperous health & felicitie. Geuen at our City of Otton the. xxiiij. of September. Anno D. 1554.

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To these letters it was a great whyle before the Quene would aunswere. 

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In the meantime, Christian III was probably applying pressure to have Coverdale released.

At length through great sute

made, the next yeare the 18. of February, she aunswereth againe in this wyse.

¶ Sereniß. Principi D. Christiano dei gratia Daniæ &c. Regi Sleswici, &c. Duci: Comiti in Oldenburgh, &c. fratri & amice nostro charißimo.

MarginaliaFebr. 18. The answere of Queene Mary to the king of Denmarkes letter.MAria dei gratia, Regina Angliæ, Franciæ, Neapolis, Hierusalem & Hiberniæ &c. Serenissimo Principi Christiano, eadem gratia Daniæ, Noruegiæ, Gothorum, & Vandalorum Regi: Slesuici, Holsatiæ, Stormariæ & Ditmersiæ duci: Comiti in Oldenburgh & Delmenhorst &c. fratri & amico nostro chariss. salutem, prosperumq̀ rerum incremētum. Cū intellexerimus ex Serenitatis vestræ literis, quas hic nuntius nobis attulit, desiderium vestrū obtinēdi a nobis pro M. Couerdalo subdito MarginaliaM. Couerdale deliuered and sent to the king of Denmarke.nostro exeundi è regno nostro & ad vos profiscendi facultatem: facile quidem in V. Serenitatis gratiam, hanc illi facultatem concessimus. Et quāquam ille natus subditus noster nondum explicatus fuerat a debitione certæ cuiusdam pecuniæ quam nostro ærario soluere iure tenebatur, tamen maiorem vestri desiderij quam nostri debiti rationem habendam esse duximus. Quin insuper animū & voluntatē gratificandi vestræ Serenitati pro nostra mutua amicitia, in qua alia etiam re possumus, cum oportunitas feret, libenter ostendemus. Deus V. Serenitatem diutissiime seruet incolumen. Ex Regia nostra Westmonasterij. 18. Februarij. 1555.

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MarginaliaFebr. 19.The same moneth, the. xix. day was a certaine intimation set foorth and printed in the name of Boner, 

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Bonner's Absolution

Foxe's printing of the absolution and his description of its being issued first appear in the 1563 edition. The document was reprinted from Bishop Bonner's register (Guildhall MS 9531/12, fol. 372r-v), Foxe's major archival source for his first edition. This material was reprinted unchanged in subsequent editions of the Acts and Monuments.

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MarginaliaThe effect of B. Boners immation sent into his dioces to receaue the Cardinals absolution, and to be reconciled to the Pope in the Lent next folowing.wherein was contained a generall monition and strait charge geuen to euery man and woman within his dioces, to prepare thē selues against Lent then nere approching to receiue the glad tidinges of peace and reconciliation sent from Pope Iulius. 3. by Poole his Cardinal and Legate De latere, 
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A papal legate a latere had authority to exercise any papal powers on the pope's behalf, being, in effect, a papal viceroy. Cardinal Pole was legate a latere from November 1554 to May 1557.

and so receaue also the ioyfull benefite of absolution, being sent first from the Cardinall to Boner, and from him to euerich of his Archdeacons to bee ministred to euery priuate person within his dioces, that would come the sayd holy tyme of Lent to his Pastor or Curate to be confessed, and to receaue of him wholsome counsell, penaunce, and absolution: Signifying moreouer, that as he was authorised by the foresayd Cardinall, so he for the same purpose had indued with the like authoritie, all and singular Pastors and Curates within his dioces, to reconcile and assoyle frō their former heresie, & schisme, and from the censures of the church, such as would resorte vnto them. And lest any scruple or doubt, rising peraduenture in their consciences, should be any stay or let in this behalfe, he had assigned and deputed therfore through his dioces certain learned men, to whom they might resort, or els might open their griefes to any of his Archdeacons, or els come to hys own person, and so should be resolued.  
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This was a remarkable initiative which potentially vastly increased the workload of Bonner and his staff. It is one of those occasions where Foxe inadvertantly supplies evidence of Bonner's genuine pastoral zeal.

And therefore all maner doubtes and obstacles set asyde, he straitly wylled and cōmaunded euery man and woman to come to confession, and to enioy this benefite of reconciliation and absolution, against the first Sonday next after Easter ensuing, and not to fayle. For the which purpose hee had specially commaunded the Pastors and Curates of euery parish to certifie vp in writing the names of euery man and woman so reconciled: and so forth. The copy of which intimatiō is more fully to be read in the former edition of Actes and Monumentes. Pag. 1083.  
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This document is fol. 372-v of Bishop Bonner's register (London Guildhall MS 9531/12). The form of the absolution, printed just below, is on fol. 372v.

In the meane time the forme of his absolution, because it is but short, I thought here to exhibite, as vnder followeth.

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¶ The forme of absolutiō, to be kept by the Pastors and Curates, in priuate confessions concerning thys reconciliation.

MarginaliaThe absolutiō of Byshop Boner to be vsed in his dioces.OVr Lord Iesus Christ absolue you, and by the Apostolike authoritie to me graūted and committed, I absolue you from the sentences of excommunication, and from all other censures and paynes, into the which you be fallen by reason of heresie, or schisme, or any other waies: and I restore you vnto the vnity of our holy mother the church, and the communion of all Sacramentes, dispensing wyth you for all maner of irregurality: and by the same authoritie, I absolue you from all your sinnes, in the name of the father, & of the sonne and of the holy ghost. Amen.

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