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1075 [1074]

K. Henry. 8. The lyfe and story of W. Tyndall, Martyr.

But Pointz hauyng no great confidence in the fellowe, asked Maister Tyndall howe hee came acquaynted with thys Phillippes. Maister Tyndall aunswered, þt he was an honest man handsomely learned, and very conformable. Then Pointz perceyuyng þt hee bare such fauour to hym, sayd no more, thinkyng that he was brought acquaynted with hym by some frend of hys. The sayd Phillippes beyng in the towne iij. or iiij. dayes, vppon a tyme desired Pointz to walke with hym fourth of the towne to shewe hym the commodities therof, and in walkyng together wtout the towne, had communication of diuers thynges, and some of the kynges affayres. By the whiche talke Pointz as yet suspected nothyng: but after by the sequele of þe matter hee perceaued more what hee entended. In the meane tyme this he well perceaued, that he bare no great fauour, either to the settyng forth of any good thyng, either to the procedynges of the kyng of England. But after when the tyme was past, Pointz perceaued this to bee hys mynde, to feele if he could perceiue by hym, MarginaliaThe papistes will spare no coste to fulfil their malitious enterprises. whether he myght breake with hym in the matter for lucre of money, to helpe hym to his purpose: for he perceyued before that he was monyed, & would that Pointz shoulde thynke no lesse: but by whom, it was vnknowne: For hee had desired Pointz before to helpe him to diuers thyngs, and such thyngs as he named, he required might be of the best, for sayd he, MarginaliaPhillippes well monyed by the Englishe byshops. I haue money enough. But of this talke came nothyng but þt men should thinke hee had some thynges to doe, for nothyng els folowed of hys talke. So it was to be suspected, þt Philippes was in doubt to moue this matter for hys purpose to any of the Rulers or Officers of the towne of Antwarpe, for doubt it should come to the knowledge of some Englishemen, and by the meane therof, M. Tyndall shoulde haue had warnyng.

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So Phillippes went from Antwarpe to the Court of Bruxelles, whiche is from thence xxiiij. English myles, the kyng hauing there no Ambassadour: for at that tyme the kyng of England and þe Emperour were at a controuersie for the question betwixt the kyng 

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I.e., the king of England.

and the Lady Katherine which was Aunte to the Emperour: and þe discorde grewe so much, that it was doubted lest there shoulde haue bene warre betwene the Emperour and the kyng, so that Philippes as a traitour both agaynst God and the kyng, was there the better reteined, as also other traitours moe besides him: who after hee had betrayed M. Tyndall into their handes, shewed him selfe agaynst the kynges owne person, and there set forth thynges agaynst the king. to make short the sayde Philippes did so much there: that hee procured to bryng from thence with him to Antwerpe the Procurour general, which is þe Emperours Atturney, with other certaine Officers: as after foloweth. The which was not don with small charges and expences, from whome so euer it came.

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Within a while after, Pointz sittyng at hys doore, Philippes man came vnto hym and asked whether Maister Tyndall were there, and sayd hys maister would come, to hym, and so departed. But whether hys M. Phillippes were in the towne or not, it was not knowne: but at that tyme Pointz heard no more, neither of the master nor of þe man. Within three or iiij. dayes after, Pointz went forth to the towne af Barrowe, beyng xviij. Englishe myles frō Antwerpe, where hee hadd busines to doe for the space of a moneth or vj weekes, and in the tyme of his absence, MarginaliaHenry Philippes traytour & betrayer of M. Tyndall. Henry Philips came agayne to Antwerpe to the house of Pointz, and comming in, spake with his wyfe, asking her for M. Tyndall, and whether he woulde dyne there with him, saying: what good meate shall wee haue? She aunswered, such as the market will gyue. Then went he forth agayne (as it is thought) to prouide, and set the Officers whiche he brought with hym from Bruxelles, in the streete, and about the doore. 

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The English House at Antwerp enjoyed what amounted to diplomatic immunity. Tyndale had to be arrested outside of the house.

Then about noone he came agayne & went to M. Tyndall, and desired hym to lende hym forty shyllinges, for (sayd he) I lost my purse this mornyng, commyng ouer at the passage betwene this and Machelyn. MarginaliaThe simplicitie of M.Tyndall. So M. Tyndall tooke hym xl. shyllynges, the which was easie to be had of hym, if he had it: for in the wylye subtilities of thys worlde he was simple and vnexperte.

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Then sayd Philippes, M. Tyndall you shalbe my gest here this daye. No sayd M. Tyndall, I go forth thys day to dynner, and you shall go with me and be my geste, where you shalbe welcome. So when it was dynner tyme, M. Tyndall went forth with Philippes, and at þe goyng forth of Pointz house, was a long narrowe entrie, so that ij could not go in a frount. MarginaliaHow Tyndall was betrayed into his enemies handes. M. Tyndall would haue put Philippes before hym, but Philippes woulde in no wise, but put M. Tyndall afore, for that he pretended to shewe great humanitie. So M. Tyndall beyng a man of no great stature, went before, and Philippes a tall comely person folowed behynde hym, who had set Officers on either side of the doore vpon ij. seates: which beyng there, might see who came in the entrie, and commyng through the same entrie, Philips poynted with his finger ouer M. Tyndals head downe to hym, that the Officers whiche sat at the doore, might see þt it was he whō they should take, as the officiers that tooke M. Tyndall, afterward told Pointz, and sayd to Pointz when they had layd hym in prison, that they pitied to see his simplicite when they tooke hym. Then they tooke hym & brought him to the Emperours Attourney or Procurour generall, where he dyned. Then came the Procuror generall to the house of Pointz, and sent away all that was there of M. Tyndals, as well hys bookes as other thynges: MarginaliaTyndall had to the Castle of Fylforde. and from thence Tyndall was had to the castle of Filford, 18. English myles from Antwerpe, and there he remayned vntill he was put to death.

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Then incontinent by the helpe of english merchauntes, were letters sent in the fauour of Tyndall, to the Court at Bruxels. MarginaliaLetters sent frō England by the Lord Cromwell and others, in the behalfe of M. Tyndall. Also not long after, letters were directed out of England to the counsaile at Bruxels, and sent to the merchauntes aduenturers to Antwerpe, commaundyng them to see that with spede they should be deliuered. Then such of the chiefest of the Merchauntes as were there at that tyme, beyng called together, required the sayde Pointz to take in hand the deliuerie of those letters, with letters also from thē in the fauour of M. Tyndall, to the Lord of Barrow and others, the which lord of Barrowe (as it was told Pointz by the way) at that tyme was departed from Bruxels, as the chiefest conductor of the eldest daughter of the kyng of Denmarke, to be maried to the Palsgraue, whose mother was sister to the Emperour, she beyng chiefe Princesse of Denmarke. Who after he heard of his departure, did ryde after the next way, and ouertooke hym at Akon, where he deliuered to him his letters. The which when he had receiued and read, he made no direct aunswer, but somewhat obiecting, sayd: there was of their countrymen that were burned in England not long before, as in dede there were Anabaptistes burnt in Smithfield, and so Pointz sayd to hym: howbeit sayd he, what so euer þe crime was, if his Lordship or any other noble man had written, requiryng to haue had them, he thought they shoulde not haue bene denied. Well said he, I haue no leysure to write, for the Princesse is redy to ryde.

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Then sayd Pointz, if it shall please your Lordshyp, I will attend vpō you vnto the next bayting place, which was at Mastright. If you so do, sayd the Lord, I will aduise my self by the way, what to write. So Pointz folowed him from Akon to Mastright, the which are 15. english myles asonder, MarginaliaLetters from the Lord of Barrow to the Lord Cromwell concerning Maister Tyndall. and there he receyued letters of hym, one to the coūsaile there an other to the company of the merchants aduenturers, & an other also to the lord Cromwell, in England.

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So Pointz rode from thence to Bruxels, and then and there deliuered to the counsail, the letters out of England, with the Lord of Barrowes letters also: MarginaliaPoyntz sent wyth letters frō Bruxels to England. & receiued eftsones answer into england of þe same by letters, which he brought to Antwerpe to the english merchants: who required hym to go wt them into England, and he very desirous to haue M. Tyndall out of prison, let not for to take paynes with losse of tyme in hys owne busines and occupying, but diligently followed with the sayd letters, which he there deliuered to the counsaile, and was commaunded by them to tary vntill he had other letters, of the which he was not dispatched thence in a month after. At length the letters beyng deliuered him, he returned againe and deliuered them to the Emperors counsaile at Bruxels, and there taried for aunswere of the same.

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When the sayd Pointz had taried 3 or 4 dayes, it was tolde hym of one that belonged to the Chauncery, that M. Tyndall should haue bene deliuered to hym accordyng to the tenour of the letters. 

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A tangled series of events followed Tyndale's arrest. The English merchants at Antwerp were outraged at what they regarded as a violation of their exemption from arrest by the Imperial authorities and protested to the Imperial court at Brussels and to Thomas Cromwell back in England. After initial hesitation, Cromwell succeeded in getting a promise from the Imperial authorities to release Tyndale. At this point, Phillips, fearful for his reward and possibly his safety as well, denounced Thomas Poyntz as a heretic to the Imperial authorities.

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MarginaliaThe sute of Philips agaynst M. Tyndall. But Phillippes beyng there, followed the suite agaynst maister Tyndall, and hearyng that he should be deliuered to Pointz, and doubtyng least he should be put from hys purpose, he knew none other remedy but to accuse Pointz, saying: that he was a dweller in the towne of Antwerpe, and there had bene a succourer of Tyndall, and was one of the same opinion, and that all this was only his owne labour and sute, to haue M. Tyndall at libertie, and no mans els.

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MarginaliaPointz attached by Philips. Thus vpon hys information and accusation, Pointz was attached by the Procurour generall, the Emperours attorny, and deliuered to the kepyng of two Sargeantes of armes: and the same euening was sent to hym one of the Chancery with the Procurour generall, who ministred vnto him an othe, that he should truely make aunswere to all such thinges as shoulde be inquired of hym, thinkyng they would haue had no other examinations of hym but of his Message. MarginaliaPointz examined. The next day likewyse they came agayne and had hym in examination, and so fiue or sixe dayes one after an other, vpon not so few as an hundreth Articles, as well of the kings affaires as of the message concernyng Tindall,

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