Thematic Divisions in Book 12
1. Exhumations of Bucer and Phagius along with Peter Martyr's Wife2. Pole's Visitation Articles for Kent3. Ten Martyrs Burnt at Canterbury4. The 'Bloody Commission'5. Twenty-two Prisoners from Colchester6. Five Burnt at Smithfield7. Stephen Gratwick and others8. Edmund Allen and other martyrs9. Alice Benden and other martyrs10. Examinations of Matthew Plaise11. Richard Woodman and nine other martyrs12. Ambrose13. Richard Lush14. Edmund Allen15. The Martyrdom of Simon Miller and Elizabeth Cooper16. Rose Allin and nine other Colchester Martyrs17. John Thurston18. George Eagles19. Richard Crashfield20. Fryer and George Eagles' sister21. Joyce Lewes22. Rafe Allerton and others23. Agnes Bongeor and Margaret Thurston24. John Kurde25. John Noyes26. Cicelye Ormes27. Persecution at Lichfield28. Persecution at Chichester29. Thomas Spurdance30. Hallingdale, Sparrow and Gibson31. John Rough and Margaret Mearing32. Cuthbert Simson33. William Nicholl34. Seaman, Carman and Hudson35. Three at Colchester36. A Royal Proclamation37. Roger Holland and other Islington martyrs38. Stephen Cotton and other martyrs39. Scourging of Thomas Hinshaw40. Scourging of John Milles41. Richard Yeoman42. John Alcocke43. Thomas Benbridge44. Four at St Edmondsbury45. Alexander Gouch and Alice Driver46. Three at Bury47. A Poor Woman of Exeter48. Priest's Wife of Exeter49. The Final Five Martyrs50. John Hunt and Richard White51. John Fetty52. Nicholas Burton53. John Fronton54. Another Martyrdom in Spain55. Baker and Burgate56. Burges and Hoker57. The Scourged: Introduction58. Richard Wilmot and Thomas Fairfax59. Thomas Greene60. Bartlett Greene and Cotton61. Steven Cotton's Letter62. James Harris63. Robert Williams64. Bonner's Beating of Boys65. A Beggar of Salisbury66. Providences: Introduction67. William Living68. The Miraculously Preserved69. Edward Grew70. William Browne71. Elizabeth Young72. Elizabeth Lawson73. Christenmas and Wattes74. John Glover75. Dabney76. Alexander Wimshurst77. Bosom's wife78. Lady Knevet79. John Davis80. Anne Lacy81. Crosman's wife82. Congregation at Stoke in Suffolk83. Congregation of London84. Englishmen at Calais85. Edward Benet86. Jeffrey Hurst87. William Wood88. Simon Grinaeus89. The Duchess of Suffolk90. Thomas Horton 91. Thomas Sprat92. John Cornet93. Thomas Bryce94. Gertrude Crockhey95. William Mauldon96. Robert Horneby97. Mistress Sandes98. Tome 6 Life and Preservation of the Lady Elizabeth99. The Unprosperous Queen Mary100. Punishments of Persecutors101. Foreign Examples102. A Letter to Henry II of France103. The Death of Henry II and others104. Admonition to the Reader
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Queene Mary. The Examinations of Richard Crashfield, Martyr.

Marginalia1557. August.sion to the priest? When were you confessed?

I sayd, I confesse my selfe dayly vnto the eternall God, whom I most greuously offend.

Then the Chauncellour sayd: you doo not then take confession to the priest to be good.

I aunswered no, but rather wicked.

Then the Chauncellour sayd: how say you by yonder geare, yonder singing, MarginaliaPlaying on the Organes.and yonder playing at the organs? is it not good and godly?

I sayd, I could perceaue no godlines in it.

Then he sayd: why, is it not writtē in the Psalmes: MarginaliaPsal.that we shall praise God with hymnes and spirituall songes?

I sayd yes, spirituall songes must be had: but yonder is of the flesh and of the spirite of errour. For to you it is pleasaunt and glorious, but to the Lord it is bitter and odious.

Then sayd the Chauncellour: Why? is it not written, MarginaliaEsay. lvj.my house is an house of prayer?

I sayd yes. It is written also: MarginaliaLuk. xix.that you haue made my house of prayer a denne of theues.

With the the Chauncellour loked & said: haue we?

I aunswered and sayd, Christ sayd so. Then was I commaunded to warde.

MarginaliaAn other examination of Richard Crashefield.The thursday next following, was D. Brigges sent to me for to examine me of my fayth. And he sayd: coūtreyman, my Lord bishop (for loue he would haue you saued) hath sent me vnto you, because to morrow is your day appoynted: therefore my Lord hath thought it mete, that you should declare vnto me your fayth: For to morrowe my Lorde will not haue much a doo with you.

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I aunswered and sayd: hath my Lord sent you? It is not you to whom I am disposed to shewe my minde.

Thē he sayd to me: I pray you shew me your minde concerning the Sacrament of the altar.

I aunswered: are you ignorant what I haue sayd?

He sayd no: for it was well written. Except you beleue, sayth he, as the church hath taught, you are damned both body and soule.

I aunswered and said: Iudge not lest ye be iudged: condemne not least ye be condemned.

And he sayd: loe, we shall haue a traytour as well as an hereticke: for he will disallow the kings iudgemēt.

I sayd no: I doo not disalowe the kinges iudgemēt, but yours I doo disalow. For I pray you tell me, how came you by this iudgement?

He aunswered & sayd: by the church: for the church hath power to saue and condemne, for if you be condemned by the church, be ye sure that you be damned both body and soule.

Then I aunswered: if you haue this power, I am sore deceaued. For I beleue that Christ shall be our Iudge. MarginaliaThe popes Church taketh Christes office out of hys hand.But now I perceaue, you will doo much for him, that you will not put him to the payne.

Then he sayd: stand nearer countreymā: why stand ye so farre of?

I said, I am nere enough, and a litle to nere.

Then he said: did not Christ say: Is not my flesh meat, and my bloud drinke in deede?

I sayd: to whom spake Christ those wordes?

He sayd: to his disciples.

I (entending to rehearse the text) sayd: wherat did Christes disciples murmur inwardly?

He sayd no, they did not murmur, but they were the infidels (sayd he): for the disciples were satisfied with those wordes.

I sayd: did not Christ say thus, as hee taught at Capernaum? wherat his disciples murmured saying: this is an hard saying. Who cā abide the hearing of it? Iesus perceauing their thoughtes sayd: doth this offend you?

Then he raged and sayde: oh, thou wrastest the text for thine owne purpose. MarginaliaNote here the ignoraunce of these Catholicke men, in the Scriptures.For the disciples did neuer murmur, but the vnbeleuers, as thou art.

I sayd: yes, but I perceaue you know not the text.

Then sayd he with much raging: I wil lay my head

thereon, it is not so.

Then sayd I: I haue done with you.

Then sayd he: what shall I tell my Lorde of you?

If you haue nothing to tell him, your errant shall be the sooner done, sayd I. And so we parted.

MarginaliaAn other examination of Rich. Crashfield.Then on friday I was brought foorth to receaue iudgement. Then the Chauncellour sayd vnto me: are you a new man, or are you not?

I aunswered and sayd: I trust I am a new man borne of God.

God geue grace you be so, sayd he. So he rehearsed all my examination, and sayd: How say you? are not these your wordes?

I sayd yes: I will not deny them.

Then he sayd to Doctor Pore, standing by: I pray you talke with him. Then he alledging to me many fayre flattering wordes, sayd: take, eate, this is my body. How say you to this? Doe you not beleue that it is Christes body? speake.

I sayd: haue you not my minde? Why doe you trouble me?

He sayd: what did Christ geue? was it bread? or was it not?

I sayd: Christ tooke bread, and gaue thankes, and gaue it, and they tooke bread, and did eate. And Sainct Paul maketh it more manifest, where he sayeth: Marginaliaj. Cor. x.so oft as ye shall eate of this bread, and drinke of this cuppe, ye shall shew foorth the Lordes death vntill he come. Saint Paul sayeth not here, as you say: for he saieth, so oft as you shal eate of this breod. He doth not say body. So they entending that I should go no further in the text, sayd: tush, you go about the bush. Answere me to the first questiō. Let vs make an ende of that.

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What say you to the bread that Christ gaue? Let me haue your minde in that.

I answered: I haue sayd my minde in it.

Then the Chauncellour sayd: no, we will haue your mynde in that.

I aunswered, I haue sayd my mynde in it.

Thē the Chauncellour sayd: no, we will haue your mynde more playnly: For we intende not to haue many wordes with you.

I sayd: my faith is fully grounded & stablished, that Christ Iesus the Easter lambe, hath offered his blessed body a sacrifice to God the father, the price of my redemption. For by that onely sacrifice are all faithfull sanctified, and he is our only aduocate and mediatour, and he hath made perfect our redemption. This hath he done alone, without any of your dayly oblations.

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Then Doctor Brigges starte vp and sayd: truth, your wordes are true in deede. You take well the litterall sense: but this you must vnderstand, that like as you sayd that Christ offered his body vpon the crosse, which was a bloudy sacrifice, and a visible sacrifice: MarginaliaVnbloudie sacrifice of the Masse.so likewise we dayly offer the selfe same body that was offered vpon the crosse, but not bloudye and visible, but inuisible vnto God the father.

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Doe you offer Christes body, I sayd? why then Christes sacrifice was not perfect. But Christ is true, when all men shall be liars.

Then he sayd: thou shalt not feare him that hath power to kill the bodie: but thou shalt feare him that hath power to kill both body and soule.

I aunswered and sayd: it is not so. But the text is thus: Thou shalt not feare them that haue power to kill the body, and then haue done what they cā. But thou shalt feare him that hath power to kill both body and soule, and cast thē both into hell fire, and not them.

He aunswered and sayd: yes, for it is the church.

I aunswered and sayd: why, Christ sayeth: I geue my life for the redemption of the world. No man taketh my life from me (sayth he) but I geue it of mine owne power, and so I haue power to take it agayne. Therfore Christ þe sonne of God did offer his blessed body once for al. And if you will presume to offer his body dayly, then your power

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