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. Censorship Proclamation 32. Our Lady' Psalter 33. Martyrdom of Osmund, Bamford, Osborne and Chamberlain34. The Martyrdom of John Bradford 35. Bradford's Letters 36. William Minge 37. James Trevisam 38. The Martyrdom of John Bland 39. The Martyrdom of Frankesh, Middleton and Sheterden 40. Sheterden's Letters 41. Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley 42. Martyrdom of Christopher Wade 43. Nicholas Hall44. Margery Polley45. Martyrdom of Carver and Launder 46. Martyrdom of Thomas Iveson 47. John Aleworth 48. Martyrdom of James Abbes 49. Martyrdom of Denley, Newman and Pacingham 50. Richard Hooke 51. Martyrdom of William Coker, et al 52. Martyrdom of George Tankerfield, et al 53. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Smith 54. Martyrdom of Harwood and Fust 55. Martyrdom of William Haile 56. George King, Thomas Leyes and John Wade 57. William Andrew 58. Martyrdom of Robert Samuel 59. Samuel's Letters 60. William Allen 61. Martyrdom of Roger Coo 62. Martyrdom of Thomas Cobb 63. Martyrdom of Catmer, Streater, Burwood, Brodbridge, Tutty 64. Martyrdom of Hayward and Goreway 65. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Glover 66. Cornelius Bungey 67. John and William Glover 68. Martyrdom of Wolsey and Pigot 69. Life and Character of Nicholas Ridley 70. Ridley's Letters 71. Life of Hugh Latimer 72. Latimer's Letters 73. Ridley and Latimer Re-examined and Executed74. More Letters of Ridley 75. Life and Death of Stephen Gardiner 76. Martyrdom of Webb, Roper and Park 77. William Wiseman 78. James Gore 79. Examinations and Martyrdom of John Philpot 80. Philpot's Letters 81. Martyrdom of Thomas Whittle, Barlett Green, et al 82. Letters of Thomas Wittle 83. Life of Bartlett Green 84. Letters of Bartlett Green 85. Thomas Browne 86. John Tudson 87. John Went 88. Isobel Foster 89. Joan Lashford 90. Five Canterbury Martyrs 91. Life and Martyrdom of Cranmer 92. Letters of Cranmer 93. Martyrdom of Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield 94. Persecution in Salisbury Maundrell, Coberly and Spicer 95. William Tyms, et al 96. Letters of Tyms 97. The Norfolk Supplication 98. Martyrdom of John Harpole and Joan Beach 99. John Hullier 100. Hullier's Letters 101. Christopher Lister and five other martyrs 102. Hugh Lauerocke and John Apprice 103. Katherine Hut, Elizabeth Thacknell, et al 104. Thomas Drury and Thomas Croker 105. Thomas Spicer, John Deny and Edmund Poole 106. Persecution of Winson and Mendlesam 107. Gregory Crow 108. William Slech 109. Avington Read, et al 110. Wood and Miles 111. Adherall and Clement 112. A Merchant's Servant Executed at Leicester 113. Thirteen Burnt at Stratford-le-Bow114. Persecution in Lichfield 115. Hunt, Norrice, Parret 116. Martyrdom of Bernard, Lawson and Foster 117. Examinations of John Fortune118. John Careless 119. Letters of John Careless 120. Martyrdom of Julius Palmer 121. Agnes Wardall 122. Peter Moone and his wife 123. Guernsey Martyrdoms 124. Dungate, Foreman and Tree 125. Martyrdom of Thomas More126. Martyrdom of John Newman127. Examination of John Jackson128. Examination of John Newman 129. Martyrdom of Joan Waste 130. Martyrdom of Edward Sharpe 131. Four Burnt at Mayfield at Sussex 132. John Horne and a woman 133. William Dangerfield 134. Northampton Shoemaker 135. Prisoners Starved at Canterbury 136. More Persecution at Lichfield
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1591 [1565]

Q. Mary. Ghostly Letters of M. Iohn Bradford, holy Martyr.

MarginaliaReasons prouing that no Christian may come to the popishe mattins and euensong. with a good conscience. Marginalia1555. Iuly. MarginaliaThe Popes seruice is in a tongue vnknowen.not the toung. Read how Paule affirmeth it, to pray in an vnknowen toung, to be agaynst Gods commaundement. This one (I trow) were inough, if nothyng els were. For how can Gods glory be sought, where his word and commaundement is wilfully broken? How can charitie to man stand, whē charitie to God, which is obedience to his word, is ouerthrowen?

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MarginaliaThe Popes seruice is full of Idolatry.Agayne, both in Mattins and in Euensong is idolatry maintained for Gods seruice: for there is inuocation & prayer made to Saintes departed this life, which robbeth God of that glory which he will geue to none other.

Moreouer, this seruice and the setters forth of it, condemneth the English seruice as heresie, thereby fallyng into Gods curse, Marginalia
Esay. 5.
The Popes seruice condēneth our english seruice of heresie.
which is threatned to all such as call good euil, and euill good: wherof they shall be partakers that do communicate with them.

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MarginaliaThe Popes latin seruice is a mark of Antichrist.Besides this, this Latin seruice is a playne marke of Antichristes Catholicke Synagoge, so that the Communicantes and approuers of it, thereby declare them selues to be members of the same Sinagoge, and so cut of frō Christ and his Church: whose exteriour marke is the true administration of Gods word and Sacramentes.

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MarginaliaThe going to the Popes seruice geueth ill example and is offensiue.Furthermore, the example of your goyng thether to allow the Religion of Antichrist (as doubtles you do in deede, howsoeuer in hart you thinke) occasioneth the obstinate to be vtterly intractable, the weake Papistes to be more obstinate, the strong Gospellers to be sore weakened, and the weake Gospellers to bee vtterly ouerthrowen: whiche thynges how great offences they be, no penne is able to vtter by letters. All these euils you shalbe giltie of, that company with these in Religion exteriourly, from whom you are admonished to flye. If Christ be Christ, follow him: gather with him, lest you scatter abroad. Serue God, not onely in spirite, but also in body. Make not your body now a member of Christ, a member of Antichrist. Come out from amongest them, sayth the Lorde, and touche no vncleane thyng. Confesse Christ and his truth, not onely in hart, but also in toung, yea in very deede, which fewe Gospellers do. In deede they deny hym, and therfore had neede to trēble, lest that Christ will deny them in the last day: the which day if it were set before our eyes often, then would the pleasures and tresures of this world be but trifles.

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Therefore good sister, often haue it before your eyes, dayly set your selfe and your doynges as before the iudgement seate of Christ now, that hereafter you bee not called into iudgement. Thinke that it will little profite you to win the whole world, and to lose your owne soule. Marke Christes lessons well: MarginaliaChristes lesson.He that will saue his life shall lose it. The father of heauen commaundeth you to heare Christ, and he sayth, follow me: this can you not do and follow Idolatry or Idolaters. Fly from such, sayth the Scripture

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This God graunt to you, to me, and to all Gods children, Amen. Thus in hast I haue accōplished your request, God graunt that as you haue done me much good bodyly,  

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Again Bradford is acknowledging the receipt of money and other necessities which enabled him to survive prison.

so this may bee a little meane to doe you some good spiritually, Amen. If tyme would serue, I would haue written more at large. The. second of March. An. 1556.

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¶ To the worshypfull, and in God my most deare frend, the Lady Vane. 
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This letter was first printed in Letters of the Martyrs, pp. 403-08. ECL 260, fos. 198r-200v is Bull's printing cast-off. This letter is an interesting example of Bradford writing a treatise to answer the questions put to him by a supporter, in this case on papal supremacy.

MarginaliaAn epistle of M. Bradford to the Lady Vane, concerning the seate of the Popes pretensed primacy.THe good spirite of GOD our father be more and more plentyfully perceaued of your good Ladyship, through the mediatiō and merites of our deare Sauiour Iesus Christ. Amen.

Although your benefites towardes me haue deserued at my handes the seruice I can do for you, yet (right worshipfull and dearely beloued in the Lord) the true feare of God and the loue of his truth which I perceiue to be in you, especially and aboue all other thyngs doth bynde me hereunto. MarginaliaThe Pope proued to be the great Antichrist spokē of by the Apostles.This bearer 

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I.e., the messenger taking the letter from Bradford to Fane.

hath tolde me that your desire is, to haue something sent to you concernyng the vsurped authoritie of the supremacie of the Byshop of Rome, whiche is vndoubtedly that great Antichrist of whō the Apostles do so much admonish vs, that you may haue aswel something the more to stay you on, as also wherewith to aunswere the aduersaries, because you may perchaunce therein be somethyng apposed. To satisfie this your desire I wil briefly go about, and so, that I will by Gods grace, fully set forth the same, to enarme you to withstād the assaults of the papistes herein, if you marke wel and read ouer agayn that which I now write.

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MarginaliaThe Pope displacing Christ.The Papists do place in preeminence ouer the whole Church the Pope, thereby vnplacyng Christ which is the head of the Church, that geueth life to the whole body, & by his spirite doth make liuely euery member of the same. This they doe without all Scriptures. For where they bring in this spoken to Peter: Feede my sheepe, MarginaliaThe wordes of Christ to Peter, Feede my sheepe expounded. I would gladly know whether this was not commaunded vnto others also. As for that (which perchaunce they wil vrge) that he spake

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to Peter by name, if they had any learnyng, they would easely perceaue how that it was not for any such cause as they pretend, but rather by a threefold commaundement, to restore to him the honour of an Apostle, which he had lost by his threefold denyall. And how dare they interprete this word, my sheepe, my Lambes, to be the vniuersall Churche of Christe? I trow a man might easely by the * Marginalia* Argument. Christ bidding Peter to feede his flock, made him head ouer the vniuersall Churche: Ergo, Peter bidding the pastors to feede the flock of Christ, made thē also heads ouer the vniuersall Church. like reason proue that Peter him selfe had resigned that which Christ had geuen to him, in exhortyng his fellow pastours to feede the flocke of Christ. Is not this prety stuffe? Because Christ saith to Peter, feede my shepe, therefore he ought to rule the vniuersall and whole Church of Christ? If Peter do truely write vnto others that they should do the like, that is, feede Christes flocke, either he translateth his right and authoritie committed to him vpon them, or els he doth participate, or communicate with them: so that foolishly they goe about to establishe that whiche hath no ground. Peter in deede was a shepheard of the sheepe, but such a one as bestowed his labour on them so farre, as he could stretch him selfe by his ministery. But the Papistes prate that he had full power ouer all Churches: MarginaliaAb vna exponente ad suam exclusiuam non valet cōsequentia. 

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Ab vna exponente ad suam exclusiuam non valet consequentia.

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Christ made Peter a shepheard: Ergo Christe made Peter only the chiefe shepheard of hys sheepe. Wherein they may see Paule to improue them, for els he had done vniustly in denying them the superiour place. Howbeit, who euer yet red that Peter dyd take any thyng vpon him ouer Churches committed vnto other men? Was not he sent of the Churche, and sent as one not hauyng rule ouer the rest? I graunt that he was an excellent instrument of God, and for the excellency of his giftes, whensoeuer they mette together, place therfore was commonly geuen vnto him. But what is this to the purpose, to make him ruler and head ouer all the whole Church, because he was so ouer a small congregation? MarginaliaPeter was excellent for his gifts, and not for the place where he sate.

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But be it so that Peter had as much geuē to him as they do affirme: Who yet will graunt that Peter had a patrimony geuē for his heyres? He hath left (say the Papistes) to his successours, the selfe same right which he receiued. MarginaliaArgument.
Peter left the title which he receiued to hys successors.
Peter receaued the title of Satā:
Ergo Peter lefte the title of Satā to his successors.
Oh Lord God, then must his successour be a Sathan: for he receaued that title of Christ him selfe. I would gladly haue the Papistes to shew me one place of succession mentioned in the Scriptures. I am sure that when Paule purposely paynteth out the whole administration of the Churche, he neither maketh one head, nor any inheritable Primacy, and yet he is altogether in cōmendation of vnitie. After he hath made mention of one God the father, of one Christ, of one spirite, of one body of the Church, of one fayth, and of one Baptisme, then he describeth the meane and maner how vnitie is to bee kept: namely because vnto euery pastour is grace geuen after the measure wherewith Christ hath endued them. MarginaliaNo mention of succession nor primacy inheritable, in all the Scripture.Where I pray you is now any title of Plenitudinis potestatis, 

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The papal claim to full overlordship of both clergy and lay rulers.

of fulnes of power? When he calleth home euery one vnto a certaine measure, why did he not forthwith say, one Pope? Which thyng he could not haue forgotten, if the thyng had bene as the Papistes make it.

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MarginaliaNo cause why any perpetuity of primacy should belong to Rome, more then to other places.But let vs graunt that perpetuitie of the Primacy in the Churche was established in Peter: I would gladly learne why the seate of the Primacy should be rather at Rome, thē elswhere. Mary say they, bicause Peters chaire was at Rome. This is euē like to this, that MarginaliaAs Peters chair was in Rome: So Moses chayre was in the wildernes: Ergo the principalitie of the Iewish church should be in the wildernes.because Moses the greatest prophet, and Aaron the first Priest exercised their offices vnto their death in the desert, therefore the principallest place of the Iewish Church should be in the wildernes. But graunt them their reason, that it is good. What should Antioche claime? For Peters chaire was there also: wherin Paule gaue him a checke, which was vnseemely and vnmanerly done of Paule, that would not geue place to his presidēt and better.

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No say the Papistes, Rome must haue this authoritie because Peter died there. But what if a man should by probable coniectures shewe, that MarginaliaPeter had no Bishopricke at Rome.it is but a fable, which is fayned of Peters Byshoprike at Rome? Read how Paule doth salute very many priuate persones when he writeth to the Romaines. Three yeres after his Epistle made, hee was brought to Rome prisoner. Luke telleth, that he was receaued of the brethren, and yet in all these, is no mention at all of Peter, which then by their stories was at Rome. Belike he was proude, as the Pope and Prelates be, or els he would haue visited Paule. MarginaliaConiectures that Peter was not at Rome.Paule beyng in prison in Rome, dyd write diuers Epistles, in which he expresseth the names of many which were in comparison of Peter, but rascall personages, but of Peter he speaketh neuer a word. Surely if Peter had bene there, this silence of him had bene suspicious. In the 2. Epistle to Timothy Marginalia2. Tim. 4. Paule complayneth that no mā was with him in his defence, but all had left him. If Peter had bene thē at Rome, as they write, then either Paule had belyed him, or Peter had played his Peters part. Luke. 23. In an other place, MarginaliaPhil. 2. how doth he blame all that were with hym, only Timothy excepted? Therfore we may wel doubt whether Peter was at Rome Byshop as they prate: for all this tyme, and lōg before, they say that Peter was Bishop there.

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