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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Queene Mary. The life and story of W. Wolsey and Rob. Pigot, Martyrs.
Marginalia1555. October. The Martyrdome of William Wolsey, and Robert Pygot Painter. 
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The Martyrdoms of Wolsey and Pygot

The Rerum simply has a note stating that William Wolsey, weaver, and Robert Pygot, painter, were burned on 19 September 1555 (Rerum, p. 538). In the 1563 edition this note was repeated, mistakenly giving Wolsey's first name as 'Thomas' and correcting the date of their execution to 4 October 1555. (The actual date was 16 October 1555). Foxe provided his full account of Wolsey and Pygot in the 1570 edition. It appears to have been based on personal testimony for the background and examinations of Wolsey and Pygot; some of Foxe's informants were listed in his account. (Fortunately the official records for the trials of Wolsey and Pygot survive - Ely Diocesan Register G 1/8, fos. 81r-84r - and they confirm the accuracy of Foxe's account at several points. However, it is pretty evident that Foxe did not have access to these materials but to an independent source of information, as his account contains material not in the official records). Foxe also obtained a description of the execution of Wolsey and Pygot from the famous Cambridge puritan divine William Fulke. The account of Wolsey and Pygot was not altered in the 1576 and 1583 editions.

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MarginaliaWilliam Wolsey, Robert Pigot, Martyrs.AFter the sufferyng of M. Robert Glouer and Cornelius Bongey at Couentry, followeth next the condemnation of other two blessed Martyrs which were iudged and condemned at Eley by Iohn Fuller the Bishops Chauncellor of Eley, Doc. Shaxton hys Suffragane, Rob. Steward Deane of Eley, Ioh. Christopherson Deane of Norwich. &c. an. 1555 October. 9. the names of which Martyrs were Williā Wolsey and Robert Pigot, dwelling both in the town of Wisbich, which Will. Wolsey beyng a Constable, dwelling & inhabiting in þe towne of Well, was there brought to death by the meanes & procurement of one MarginaliaRichard Euerard extreame against William Wolsey.Rich. Euerard Gentlemā a Iustice appointed for those dayes, who extremely handled the same W. Wolsey, & bound hym to the good abearyng, 

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I.e., good behaviour.

causing hym to put in Sureties vpon hys good behauiour vntil the next generall Sessions holden within the Ile of Eley: and so the sayd Wolsey beyng dispatched of hys office, and brought in trouble, remoued hys house and dwellyng place, comming to dwell in the towne of Wysbych. Then beyng called agayne at þe next Sessions, he was styll constrayned to put in newe sureties, which at the length he refused to do, and so was commaūded to the Iayle, MarginaliaWilliam Wolsey commaunded to the Iayle. at the Syse holden at Eley in Lent.  
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Wolsey had drawn attention to himself in Ely by denying the mass and by not attending church for six months before his arrest (Ely Diocesan Register G 1/8, fo. 81r).

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In the Easter weeke following, there repayred to conferre wyth hym, Doct. Fuller the Chauncellour, wyth Christopherson, and one Doct. Younge: MarginaliaD. Fuller, Christopherson, D. Yonge, come to confer with Wolsey. who layd earnestly to hys charge that hee was out of the catholicke faith, wylling hym to medle no further wyth þe scriptures, then it dyd become such lay mē as he was, to do. The sayd W. Wolsey standing styll a great whyle, sufferyng them to saye their pleasures, at the last dyd aunswere in thys wyse: MarginaliaWolsey putteth a question to the Doctours.Good Master Doctour, what dyd our Sauiour CHRIST meane, when he spake these wordes written in the. xxiij. chapter of S. Mathewes Gospell: Wo be vnto you Scribes and Phariseis, ye hypocrites, for ye shut vp the kingdome of heauen before men: ye your selues go not in, neither suffer ye them that come to enter in.

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Yea sayth Doct. Fuller, you must vnderstand, that CHRIST spake to the Scribes and Phariseis.

Nay Master Doctor (sayth Wolsey) CHRIST spake euen to you, and your fellowes here present, and to all other such lyke as you be.

Away master Doctor (saith Christopherson) for you can do no good of thys man. Yet sayth Doctor Fuller, I wyll leaue thee a booke to read, I promyse thee, of a learned mās doing, that is to say of MarginaliaDoctour Watsons booke of Sermons or Homilies.Doct. Watsons doing, (who was then bishop of Lincolne.) 

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The book was Thomas Watson, Twoo [sic] notable sermons made'before the quenes highness, concernynge the reall presence (London, 1554), STC 25115. This was considered by contemporaries to have been a very effective defence of transubstantiation.

Wolsey receauing the same booke, dyd diligently read it ouer, which in many places dyd manifestly appeare contrary to the knowen truth of Gods word. At the length a fourtnight or three weekes following, MarginaliaD. Fuller agayne resorteth to William Wolsey.the sayd Doct. Fuller resortyng agayne to the prison house to conferre wyth the sayd Wolsey, dyd aske hym howe he lyked the sayd booke (thinking that he had woon him by the reading of þe same): who aunswered him & sayd: Syr, I lyke þe booke no otherwise then I thought before I should finde it. Wherupon þe Chauncellor takyng hys booke departed home. At night when Doct. Fuller came to hys chamber to looke on it, hee dyd finde in many places contrary to hys mynde, the booke raced wyth a pen by the sayd Wolsey. The which he seing, & beyng vexed therwith, sayd: Oh this is an obstinate hereticke and hath quyte marred my booke. 

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Wolsey mentioned writing in Watson's book during his trial (Ely Diocesan Register G 1/8, fo. 81v).

Then the Syse holden at Wysbich drawing nye, Doctour Fuller commeth agayne to the sayd Wolsey, & speaketh vnto him on thys maner: MarginaliaThe Chaūcelor geueth leaue to Wolsey to depart.Thou doest much trouble my conscience, wherefore I pray thee depart, and rule thy toung, so that I heare no more complaynt of thee, and come to the church when thou wylt, & if thou bee complayned

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vpon, so farre as I may, I promise thee I wyll not heare of it.

Master Doctor (quoth Wolsey) I was brought hether by a law, and by a law I wyll be deliuered.

Then beyng brought to the Sessions before named, MarginaliaWilliā Wolsey layd in the castle of Wisbich.Wolsey was layd in the Castell at Wysbych, thinking to him and all his friends, that he should haue suffered there at that present tyme, but it proued nothing so.

Then Robert Pigot the Paynter beyng at liberty, MarginaliaRob. Pigot paynter presented for not comming to the church.was there presented by some euyll dysposed parsons (sworne men as they called them) for not comming to the church. 

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Pygot confessed to not having attended church for three months before his arrest (Ely Diocesan Register G 1/8, fo. 83r).

The sayd Pigot being called in the sessiōs, would not absent himself, but there did plainly appeare before Syr Clement Hygham being Iudge, who sayd vnto hym: MarginaliaTalke betwen Sir Clement Higham Iudge, and Rob. Pigot.Ah, are you the holy father the Paynter? How chaūce ye came not to the church? Syr (quoth the Paynter) I am not out of the church, I trust in God. No Syr, sayd the Iudge, thys is no Church, thys is a Haull. Yea Syr sayd Pigot, I know very well it is a Haull: but hee that is in the true fayth of IESVS CHRIST, is neuer absent, but present in the Church of God.

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Ah Syrha, sayd the Iudge, you are to hygh learned for me to talke wythall: wherfore I wyll send you to them that be better learned then I, MarginaliaRob. Pigot brought to the Iayle where W. Wolsey lay.strayght waies cōmaunding hym to the Iayle where Wolsey lay. So the Sessions being broken vp and ended, the sayd Wolsey and Pigot were caryed agayne to Eley into pryson, MarginaliaWolsey and Pigot remoued to Eley to prison. where they both dyd remayne til the day of their death.

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In the meane tyme certayne of their neyghbours of Wysbych aforesaid being at Eley, came to see how they dyd. There came thether also a Chaplayne of MarginaliaT. Goodricke Bishop of Eley.Bishop Gooderikes a Frenchmā borne, one Peter Valētius, who sayd vnto the sayd Wolsey & Pigot: My brethren, according to myne office I am come to talke with you, for I haue bene Amner here this. xx. yeares and aboue. MarginaliaThe Bishops chaplaine a frenchman confirmeth the prisoners in the truth.Wherefore I must desire you my brethren to take it in good part that I am come to talke wyth you, I promise you, not to pull you from your fayth. But I both requyre and desire you in the name of IESVS CHRIST that you stand to the truth of hys Gospell and woord, and I besech the almighty God for hys sonne IESVS CHRISTES sake, to preserue both you and mee in the same vnto the end. For I know not my selfe (my brethren) how soone I shall bee at the same poynt that you now are. Thus with many other lyke wordes he made an ende, causing all that were there present to water their cheekes, 

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I.e., they wept.

contrary to all the hope that they had in hym, God be praysed therefore.

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Then wythin short tyme after, MarginaliaPigot and Wolsey called to iudgement in the Bishops Consistory.Pigot and Wolsey were called to iudgement about the. ix day of October, before Doct. Fuller then Chaūcellour, with old Doct. Shaxton, Christopherson, & others in Cōmissiō, who layd earnestly to their charge for their beliefe in diuers articles, but especially of þe sacramēt of þe aultar. Wherunto their aunswere was: that the Sacrament of the aultar was an Idole, and that the naturall body and bloud of CHRIST was not present really in the sayd sacrament, & to this opinion they sayd they would sticke, beleuing perfectly the same to be no heresy that they had affirmed, but the very truth whereupon they would stand. 

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This answer appears word-for-word in the trial register (Ely Diocesan Register G 1/8, fo. 82r).

Then sayd the Doctors, that they were out of the catholicke fayth.

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Then Doctor Shaxton 

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Wolsey's exchange with Shaxton and Fuller's remark do not appear in the trial record.

sayd vnto them: MarginaliaThe wordes of Nicholas Shaxton to the Martyrs.good brethrē remember your selues and become new men, for I my selfe was in this fond opinion that you are now in, but I am now become a new man. 
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Nicholas Shaxton had been a high-profile evangelical, and bishop of Salisbury, who had very publicly recanted his beliefs in 1546. Shaxton was villified by fellow evangelicals for his recantation; see Robert Crowley, The confutation of .xiii. articles, wherunto N. Shaxton, late byshop subscribed and caused to be set forth in print M.C.xlvi. when he recanted (STC 6083).

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MarginaliaWolseyes aunswere to Shaxton.Ah sayd Wolsey, are you become a new mā? Wo be to thee þu wicked new mā, for God shal iustly iudge thee.

Doctor Fuller then spake saying, this Wolsey is an obstinate felow, & one that I could neuer do good vpon. 

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John Fuller, the chancellor of the diocese, had visited Wolsey numerous times in prison in the hope of making him recant (Ely Diocesan Register G 1/8, fo. 81r-v).

But as for the Painter he is a man quyet and indifferent (as farre as I perceiue) and is soone reformed,

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