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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1617 [1591]

Q. Mary. Persecution in Rochester dioces. Nicolas Halle, Christopher Wayde, Martyrs.

Marginalia1555. Iuly.keepe him from doyng of harme. Though he be but a straūger in the lyfe that is in God: yet be good to straungers for we are all straungers in darkenesse, and captiues in sinne, as well soule and spirite, beyng in Egypt, as now the fleshe is yet vnbaptised with the terrible redde Sea of death, and remember that one law abydeth for the straunger, I meane one rewarde abideth both body and soule in the land of euerlastyng rest. And therfore intreate him gently, and deale with him iustly now: * Marginalia* The body of man is redemed as well as the soule.for the time wil come that the yoke of bondage shalbe taken from his necke, and he shalbe a fellow heyre with your yonger brother.

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Circumcise hym therefore, but do not misuse him, nor keepe hym from his owne, but deale mercyfully with the straunger, that he may say: Oh of what vnderstandyng hart is this people, who hath God? or where is God so nigh as to these? God make you wise and politicke in hart, victorious in field of this world, to rule the nations with a rod: but kill not the Gabaonites with whom peace is taken: MarginaliaThe Gabaonites though they be but strangers, and not to be pampered yet are they not to be cast out.but let them drawe water, and hew wood, but geue them their meate and drinke due for labourers, and be glad because your disease is so remedyed: for it is better and easier for a thirsty labouryng man to drinke, then for a dronken man to tell a sober tale. Yea, it is a token that ye haue earnestly followed your labour, and not kept company with dronkardes and belly Gods: and therfore be glad I say, yea and glad agayne: for great is your reward in heauen: yea blessed shall she bee that in this your zeale shall meete you and withdraw your hand from reuengyng your selfe vppon that churlish Naball: whiche thyng I hope to doe now with these sweete reasons, and frayles of Figges, I beyng of one house with your seruaunt Naball. I dare say to you, that churlyshnes is his name: but reuenge not, for the Lord shall do it in his due tyme. Farewell myne owne heart.

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Yours in bondes at Westgate,
Nicholas Sheterden.
 

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A room above the western gate to the city of Canterbury was used as a prison.

The next day after the condemnation of these foresayd, whiche was the 26. day of Iuly, were also condemned for the same Articles W. Coker, W. Hopper of Crambroke, Henry Laurence, Richard Wright of Ashford, W. Stere of Ashford. But because the executiō of these Martyrs perteineth not to this moneth, more shalbe said (þe Lord willing) of them, when we come to the moneth folowyng of August.

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¶ Nicolas Halle, and Christopher Wayde, Martyrs. 
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The Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley

All that there is on these three martyrs in the Rerum is a note stating thatJohn [sic] Wade was executed at Dartford in July, that John [sic] Polley was executed at Tunbridge in July and that Nicholas Hall was executed at Rochester in the same month. This information was essentially repeated in the 1563 edition. But in the 1570 edition Foxe added all the material he would ever have on the examinations of these martyrs. Foxe stated that this material came from the Rochester diocesan records. Foxe's account of these examinations remained unchanged in subsequent editions.

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MarginaliaIuly. 19. Nic. Hall, and Christofer wayde, Martyrs.THe same moneth of Iuly next after the sufferyng of the Kentishmen aboue named, followed the death and Martyrdome of Nicholas Halle Brickelayer, and Christopher Wayde of Dartford, whiche both were condemned by Maurice Bysoppe of Rochester, about the last day of the moneth of Iune. The sixe Articles ministred to them were of the same ordinary course and effect, with the Articles of the other Martyrs before specified, pag. 1585. the brief summe wherof were these.

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¶ A brief summe of their Articles.

MarginaliaArticles obiected agaynst Nic. Hall and Christofer wayde.1. FIrst, that they were Christen men, and professed the Catholicke determinatiōs of our mother holy Church.

2. That they which mainteine or hold, otherwise then our holy mother the Catholicke Church doth, are heretickes.

3. That they haue & do mainteine, that in the Sacramēt of the aultar vnder the formes of bread and wyne, is not very body & bloud of Christ. And þt the sayd very body of Christ is verely in heauen onely and not in the Sacrament.

4. Item, that they haue and do hold and mainteine, that the Masse as it is now vsed in the Catholicke Church is nought and abhominable.

5. Item, that they haue ben and be amongest the people of that Iurisdiction vehemently suspected vppon the premisses and thereupon indicted. &c.

¶ The aunsweres.

MarginaliaTheir answeres.TO these Articles they aunswered as commonly other vsed to doe, whiche stand with Christ and his truth agaynst these pretended Catholickes and their sinister doctrine. First grauntyng them selues Christen men, and acknowledgyng the determinations of the holy Churche, that is, of the congregation or body of Christ: saue that Halle denyed to call the Catholicke and Apostolicke Churche his mother, because MarginaliaThis word mother church, is not found in the Scripture.hee founde not this woorde (mother) in the Scripture.

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To the second they graunted. To the thyrd Article as touchyng the very body and bloud of Christ to bee vnder

the formes of bread amd wyne in substaunce they would not graunt, onely affirming the very body of him to be in heauē, and in þe sacramēt to be a token or remēbraunce of Christes death: MarginaliaAnswere of N. Halle.Nicholas Halle addyng moreouer, and saying, that wheras before he held the Sacrament to be but onely a token or remembraunce of Christes death, now he sayd, that there is neyther token nor remembraunce, because it is now misused and cleane turned from Christes Institution &c. MarginaliaAnswere of Christofer Wayde.And as concerning the Masse in the iiij. article to be abominable, Christopher Wayd with the other aunswered, that as they had confessed before so would they now not go from that they had sayd. To the fift Article, for the peoples suspicion they made no great accoumpt nor sticking to graunt to the same.

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And thus much concernyng the Articles and aunsweres of these good men. Which beyng receaued, immediatly MarginaliaCondemnatiō of N. Halle and Christopher Wayd, Martyrs.Sentence of condemnation was pronounced by the sayd Maurice the Byshop agaynst them, the copy of which sentence, as it runneth much what after the common course in condemnyng all other like seruauntes of Christ, so the same beyng examplified before in the story of Master Rogers, pag. 1417, shall not greatly neede here agayne to bee repeated, but rather may bee referred ouer to the place aboue noted. Nicholas Halle was burned at Rochester about þe 19. day of Iuly.

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MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of Nich. Halle, at Rochester. Anno. 1555. Iuly. 19.¶ The burnyng of Nicholas Halle.

As touching Chrystopher Wayd, albeit I haue no full certeintie where he suffered, yet most like it is that his martyrdome was at Dartford, about the sayd xix. of Iuly.

MarginaliaEx Registro.Furthermore, with the foresayd Halle and Wayde, in the same moneth of Iuly: three other moe were condemned by Maurice Byshop aforenamed, whose names were Ioane Beach wydow, 

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Joan Beach and John Harpool would not be executed until April 1556. The reason for this delay is unclear, but most unusually Joan Beach was condemned twice, once in July 1555 and once in April 1556 (PRO C/85/144 fos. 34r and 35r), suggesting perhaps that her original condemnation was invalid for some unknown reason.

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Iohn Harpolle of Rochester, and Margery Polley. MarginaliaIoane Beach, Ioh. Harpolle, Margery Polley, condemned at Rochester.But because their death folowed not vpō þe same, we will therfore differre further tractation of them, till the due place and tyme shall require: except onely the death and Martyrdome of Margery Polley, which because it happened in this moneth of Iuly, it is not to be ouerpassed.

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The condemnation and Martyrdome of Margery Polley.

MarginaliaMargery Polley Widdow and Martyr.MArgery Polley wydow, 

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Foxe had endless trouble recording her name accurately. In the Rerum(p. 510) her name is given as John Polley and in 1563, it is given as Joan. (Foxe's early sources may well have confused Margery Polley and Joan Beech). In the 1570 edition, with the official records to guide him, Foxe corrected her name to Margery Polley.

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wife sometime of Richard Polley of Pepyngbery,  
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The writ for Margery Polley's condemnation reveals that she was from Pepeling, a neighbourhood of Calais (PRO C/85/144, fo. 33r).

was accused and brought before þe foresayd Maurice B. of Rochester about þe begynnyng of the moneth of Iune. Which Byshop accordyng to the Pontificall solemuitie of that Church, rising vp out of the chaire of his Maiestie in the hygh swellyng stile MarginaliaEx Registro. after his ordinary fashion to dashe the sely poore womā, begynneth in these woordes.

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