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. Vj. Martyrs burned at Brainford.

Marginalia1558. Iuly.Dynes for iij. yeares before.

Marginalia7.To the vij. article, they all graunted the same in euery part like vnto the afore named Henry Pond and his company, pag. 2236. sauing Robert Dines added that it was no part of his beliefe.

Marginalia8.To the eight article they all graunted the same in euery part as the forenamed William Hollyday and his company. pag. 2236. but Robert Milles added thereto that he will not come to church, nor allow their religion, so long as the crosse is crept to and worshipped, and Images are in the church. Iohn Slade affirmed in effect as Robert Milles dyd, adding further that there be not vij. Sacramentes, but two sacramentes, which is Baptisme and the supper of the Lord. Stephen Cotton would no further allow the Popish religion, then it agreeth with Gods word: and Robert Dines affirmed in effect the like to Stephen Cotton also.

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Marginalia9. 10.To the ninth and tenth articles Robert Milles, Iohn Slade and Steuen Cotton aunsweeed that they do not allow the popish seruice then set forth, because it is agaynst the truth, and in a straunge language which the commō people vnderstand not. Robert Dines and William Pikes, wil neither allow nor disallow the latine seruice, because they vnderstand it not. And Steuen Wight would make no direct aunswere to the articles at all, and to the 11. 12. 13. and 14. articles we finde no aunsweres recorded of the sayd Steuen Wight, but of the rest of his fellow prisoners we finde aunsweres to those articles, which hereafter follow.

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Marginalia11.To the xj. article, Robert Milles, Iohn Slade and Steuen Cotton answered, that concerning the bookes, faith, and religion specified in this article, they do allow them so farre forth as they agree with Gods worde. &c. Robert Dines would make no aunswere thereto, because he thought hymselfe vnmeete to iudge thereof: and William Pikes doth not remēber that he hath misliked the seruice, and the fayth, and religion set forth in king Edward the sixt hys tyme.

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Marginalia12.To the xij. they graunt, that if they might receaue the sacrament as they did in king Edward the sixt dayes, they would with all their hart so do.

Marginalia13. 14.To the 13. and 14. articles, they confesse and graunt the contentes of them to be true in euery part.

When at the dayes before specified, these good men were produced before Boners Chauncellor Thomas Darbishire, and had the foresayd articles ministred vnto them, and they (as ye haue heard) had made aunswere vnto the same, in the end the Chauncellor commaunded them to appeare before them agayne the xj. day of Iuly after in the sayd place at Paules. MarginaliaThe vj. Martyrs brought again before Darbishire.Where when they came, he required of them, whether they would turne from their opinions to the mother holy church: and if not, that then, whether there were any cause to the contrary but that they might proceede with the sentence of condemnation. Whereunto they all aunswered, that they would not go from the truth, nor relent from any part of the same while they liued. Thē he charged them to appeare before him againe the next day in the after noone, betwene one & two of the clocke, to heare the definitiue sentence red agaynst them, according to the ecclesiasticall lawes then in force. At which time, he sitting in iudgement, talking with these godly and vertuous men, at the last came into the sayd place MarginaliaSyr Edw. Hastinges and Syr Thomas Cornwales at the condemnation of these Martyrs.syr Edward Hastinges and syr Thomas Cornwales knightes, ij. of Queene Maryes officers of her house, and being there, they sat them downe ouer against the Chauncellour, in whose presence the sayd Chauncellour condemned those good poore lambes, and deliuered them ouer to the secular power, who receaued and caryed them to prison immediatly, and there kept them in safety till the day of their death.

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In the meane tyme this naughty Chauncellor slept not, I warrāt you, but that day in which they were cōdemned, he made certificate into the Lord Chauncellors office, from whence the next day after was sent a writ to burne them at Brainford afore sayd, which accordingly was accomplished in the same place, the sayd xiiij. day of Iuly: Wherunto they being brought, made their humble prayers vnto the Lord Iesus, vndressed themselues, went ioyfully to the stake whereto they

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were bound, and the fire flaming about them, they yelded their soules, bodyes, and liues into the handes of the omnipotēt Lord, for whose cause they did suffer, and to whose protection I commend thee gentle reader, Amen.

MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of Rob. Milles, Ste. Cotton. Rob. Dynes, Ste. Wight, Iohn Slade. Will. Pikes, at Brainford. An. 1558. Iuly. 14.The burnyng of sixe Martyrs at Brainford.
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The fifth use of this cut in the last two books in 1583.

Among these vj. was one William Pikes (as ye haue heard) who sometyme dwelt in Ipswich in Suffolke, by his occupatiō a Tanner, a very honest Godly man, and of a vertuous disposition, a good keeper of hospitalitie, and beneficiall to þe persecuted in Q. Maryes dayes. This said Williā Pikes, in þe 3. yeare of Queene Maryes reigne, 

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Pikes, or Pickess, had been forced to flee Ipswich before May 1556: see 1576, p. 1981 and 1583, p. 2089.

a little after Midsomer, being then at liberty, went into his garden, and tooke with hym a Bible of Rogers translation, where he sitting with his face towardes the South, reading on the sayd Bible, sodenly fell downe vpon his booke betwene a xj. and xij. a clocke of the day, iiij. droppes of fresh bloude, and he knew not froom whence it came. Then he seing þe same, was sore astonished, and could by no meanes learne (as I sayd) from whence it should fall: and wiping out one of the drops with his finger, called hys wife, and sayd: In the vertue of God wife, what meaneth thys? will the Lord haue iiij. sacrifices? I see well enough the Lord will haue blood: his will be done, and geue me grace to abide the triall. Wife, let vs pray (said he): for I feare the day draweth nigh. Afterward he dayly looked to be apprehēded of þe papistes, and it came to passe accordingly, as ye haue heard. Thus much thought I good to write hereof, to styrre vp our dull senses in considering the Lordes workes, and reuerently to honour the same. His name therfore be praysed for euermore, Amen.

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Moreouer, concerning the sayd William Pikes, as he was in Newgate sore sicke and at the point of death, so that no man looked he should liue vj. houres, there declared to them that stoode by, that he had bene twise in persecution before, and that now he desired the Lord, if it were hys will, that he might glorifie hys name at the stake, and so as he prayed it came to passe at Braynford.

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Ye heard before of those 22. taken at Islington 13. were burned, and 6. escaped, albeit very hardly, and some of them not without scourging by the handes of the bishop. In the which number was Thomas Hinshaw & Iohn Milles, according to the expresse picture, here after purported.

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