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1090 [1089]

K. Henry. 8. Doctor Boner Bishop of London.

MarginaliaThe third complaint.
The pompe and glory of Winchester.
I mislike in the sayd Byshop that where he for his own pompe and glory, hath a great nomber of seruants in theyr veluets and silkes, with their chaynes about their neckes, and kepeth a costly table, with excessiue fare and exceeding expenses many other wayes: he doth say, and is not ashamed to report, that he is so commaunded to do by the kings grace, and that is hys answer commonly, when his frendes telleth hym of his great charges, and so vnder colour of the kinges commaundement and honour, he hideth hys pryde, which is here disdayned.

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MarginaliaThe fourth complaint.
Winchester geuē more to his owne affections, then to the kinges affayres.
I mislike in the sayd bishop, that he hauing priuate hatred against a man, will rather satisfie hys owne stomacke and affection, hindering, & neglecting the kings affayres, thē relentyng in any part of his sturdy & stubburne will, geue familiar and harty counsaile (whereby the kinges highnes matters and busines may be aduaunced and set forth) to hym that he taketh for hys aduersary.

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MarginaliaThe 5. complaint.
Winchester suspected to be Imperiall.
I mislike in the sayd Bishop, that he euer continually here in this court of Fraunce, made incomparably more of the Emperours, kyng of Portugals, Venitians, and duke of Ferraries Ambassadours, then of any Frenchmen in the Court, which with his pride caused them to disdaine hym, and to thinke that he fauoured not the French kyng, but was imperiall.

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MarginaliaThe 6. complaint. I mislike in the Bishop, that there is so great familiaritie and acquaintaunce, yea and such mutuall confidence betwene the sayd bishop and M. as naughty a fellow, and as very a papist as any that I know, where he dare expresse it. MarginaliaBoner like a true Gospeller, complayneth of papistes. The Byshop in his letters to M. Wyat euer sendeth speciall commendations to Mason, and yet refuseth to send any to M. Heynes and me, beyng with M. Wyat, as we perceiued by the sayd letters. And Mason maketh such foundation of the Bishop, that he thinketh there is none such. And he telled me at Villa Franca, that the Bishop vpon a tyme, when he had fallen out with Germayne, so trusted him, that weping and sobbyng he came vnto hym, desiring and praying hym that he would speake with Germayne, and reconcile hym, so that no wordes were spoken of it, and what the matter was, he would not tell me. MarginaliaWinchester suspected of vntrue dealing. That yong follow Germaine knoweth all, and Preston which is seruaunt to the Bishop of Winchester shewed me one night in my chamber at Bloys after supper, that Germaine is euer busie in shewyng the kinges letters to straungers, and that he hymselfe hath geuen hym warnyng therof. This thing Preston told me the night before that the Byshop departed hence, and when I would haue more of him therin, he considering how the Bishop and I stode, kept hym more close and would say no further.

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MarginaliaThings in the foresayd declaration to be noted. In this declaration of D. Edmund Boner sent to the lord Cromwell aboue prefixed, diuers thinges we haue to note: MarginaliaThe rancour and pride of Steuen Gardiner. First, as touching Steuen Gardiner, Bish. of Wint. here we haue a playne demonstration of his vile nature and pestilent pride, ioyned with malice and disdayne intollerable: wherof worthely complayneth D. Boner aforesayd, shewing, 6. speciall causes, why and wherfore he misliketh that person, according as he was willed before by the kings cōmaundement, so to do.

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Steuen Gardiner reuolteth to papistry.
Secondly, in the said Steuen Wint. this we haue also to note and vnderstand, that as he here declareth a secret inclination from the truth (which he defended before in hys booke De obedientia) to papistry, ioynyng part & side with such as were known papistes:: so he semeth likewise to beare a lyke secret grudge agaynst the Lord Cromwel, and all such whomsoeuer he fauoured.

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Marginalia3. Thirdly, as concernyng the forenamed D. Edmund Boner the author of this declaration, here is to be sene and noted, that he all this while appeared a good man and diligent frend to the truth, and that he was fauoured of the Lorde Cromwell for the same.

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D. Boners comming vp onely by the Gospell.
Fourthly, that the said D. Boner was not only fauoured of the lord Cromwell, but also by him was aduaunced first to the office of legation, then to the bishoprike of Hereford, and lastly to the bishoprike of London, whom the sayd D. Boner in hys letters agniseth and confesseth to be hys only Patron, and singular Mecænas.

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Marginalia5. Which beyng so, we haue in this said D. Boner, greatly to meruail, what should be the cause, that he, seyng all his settyng vp, making, and preferring, came onely by the Gospell and by them of the Gospels side, he beyng then so hated of Steuen Gardiner and such as he was, beyng also at that tyme such a furtherer and defender of the Gospel (as appeared both by his Preface before Gardiners booke De obedientia, and by hys writings to the Lorde Cromwell, also by helping forward the printed Bibles at Paris) could euer be a mā so vngratefull and vnkynd, afterward to ioyne part with the sayd Steuen Gardiner against the gospell (without the which Gospell, he had neuer come to be bishop, nei ther of Hereford nor yet of London) and now to abuse the same bishopricke of London to persecute that so vehemently, which before so openly he defended. Wherin the same may well be sayd to hym in this case, þt he hymself was reported once to say to the French kyng in the cause of Grancetor: to wytte, MarginaliaBoners owne wordes retorted agaynst himselfe. that he had done therein agaynst his honour, agaynst iustice, agaynst reason, agaynst honesty, against frendship, agaynst his owne promise and hys othe so often made, agaynst his owne doctrine and iudgement, which then he professed, against all truth, agaynst the treates and leagues betwene hym and his setters vp, and agaynst all together, and to conclude, agaynst the saluation of hys owne soule, which would God he woulde haue some mercy vpon, although he hath shewed lytle mercy vnto others.

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But to referre this to the booke of hys accomptes who shall iudge one day all thinges vprightly, let vs procede further in the continue of this D. Boners legation. Who beyng now Ambassadour in the court of Fraunce (as ye haue heard) had geuen in commission from the kyng, to entreate with the French king for sondry poyntes, MarginaliaPrinting the new testament in english and the Bible at Paris. as for the printyng of the new Testament in English, and the Bible at Paris: also for slaunderous preachers, and malicious speakers agaynst the kyng: for goods of merchauntes taken & spoyled: for the kings pension to be payd: for the matters of the Duke of Suffolke: for certayne prisoners in Fraunce. Item, for Grancetor the traytour, and certayne other rebels to be sent into England. &c. MarginaliaThe diligence & trust of D. Boner in legation. Touching all which affayres, the sayd D. Boner did employ hys diligence and trauaile to the good satisfaction and contentment of the kinges mynde, and discharge of his dutie, in such sort as no default could be found in hym, saue onely that the French kyng one tyme toke displeasure with hym, for that the sayd Boner, beyng now made bishop of Hereford, and bearyng hymselfe somewhat more seriously and boldly before the kyng in the cause of Grancetor the traytour (wherein he was willed by the aduertisement of the kinges pleasure, to wade more deepely and instantly) vsed these wordes to the French kyng (as þe Frēch king himself dyd afterward report them) saying, MarginaliaThe wordes of D. Boner vsed to the French king that he had done in deliuerance of that forsayd Grancetor being an Englishman, against God, against his honor, agaynst iustice, against reason, against honesty, agaynst frendship, agaynst all law, against the treates and leagues betwene him and his brother the kyng of England, yea and agaynst all together. &c. MarginaliaThe French king displeased with Bishop Boner. These wordes of Byshop Boner, although he denyeth to haue spoken them in that forme and qualitie, yet howsoeuer they were spoken, did stirre vp the stomacke of the French kyng, to conceyue high displeasure agaynst hym, in so much that he aunswering the lord Ambassadour agayn, MarginaliaBishop Boner bydden to write to the king his maister 3. thinges. bad hym write these 3. things vnto his maister.

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First, among other thinges that his Embassadour was a great foole.

Secondarily, that he caused to be done better iustice there in hys realme in one houre, then they dyd in England in a whole yeare.

Thirdly, that if it were not for the loue of hys maister, he should haue an hundreth strokes with an Haulbard. &c.

And furthermore, the sayd Frenche kyng beside this, sendyng a speciall messenger with his letters to the kyng of England, willed hym to reuoke and call this Ambassadour home, and to send hym an other. The cause why the French kyng tooke these wordes of Bishop Boner so to stomacke (as the L. Chauncelour sayd) was this, for that the kyngs of Fraunce standyng chiefly, and in maner onely vpon theyr honour, can suffer that in no case to be touched. Otherwise in those wordes (if they had bene well taken) was not so much blame perchaunce, as boldnes, beyng spoken somewhat vehemently in hys maisters behalfe. MarginaliaBishops cōmonly bolder in princes matters, then in the cause of Christ. But this one thyng semeth to me much blame worthy, both in this Byshop & many other, that they in earthly matters, & to please terrene kynges, will put forth themselues to such a boldnes and forwardnes: and in christes cause the kyng of all kings, whose cause they should only attend vpon and tender, they are so remisse cold and cowardly.

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To these letters of the French kyng, the kyng of England sent aunswer agayne by other letters, in which he reuoked and called home agayne byshop Boner, geuyng vnto hym about the same tyme, the Bishopricke of London, and sent in supply of hys place, Syr Iohn Wallop, a great frend to Steuen Gardiner. Which was in February, about the beginnyng of the yere of our Lord. 1540. Here now followeth the othe of Boner to the kyng, when he was made Bishop of London.

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¶ The othe of Doct. Edmund Boner, when he was made Byshop of London, agaynst the Pope of Rome.
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