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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1648 [1622]

Q. Mary. Persecution in Eley. The Martyrdome of W. Wolsey and Rob. Pigot.

MarginaliaAn. 1555. October.Then Christopherson called for penne and inke and wrote these wordes followyng: MarginaliaM. Christoperson writeth what he would haue Pigot confesse of the Sacrament.I Robert Pygot do beleue that after the wordes of consecration spoken by the Priest, there remayneth no more bread and wyne, but the very body and bloud of Christ really, substauntially, the selfe same that was borne of the Virgine Mary: & readyng it to the Painter, he sayd thus: doest thou beleue all this accordyng as it is written?

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MarginaliaPigot refuseth to subscribe to Christophersons fayth.Pygot. No Syr, sayd the Paynter: that is your fayth and not myne. 

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The trial register records Pygot as making this very denial, but it does not mention Christopherson (Ely Diocesan Register G 1/8, fo. 83r).

Christopher. Loe Maister Doc. Fuller you would haue lettē this felow go: he is as much an hereticke as the other.

And so immediately iudgemēt was giuen vpon them to dye. Which done, after the sētēce read, they were sent againe to the prison, where they did lye till the day of their death.

MarginaliaM. Peacoke appoynted to preach at the burning of Wolsey and Pigot.At which day one Peacoke Bachelour of diuinitie beyng appointed to preach, 

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Thomas Peacock had visited both Wolsey and Pygot in prison to try to induce them to recant (Ely Diocesan Register G 1/8, fo. 81r-v and 83r-v).

tooke his text out of the first Epistle of S. Paul to the Corinth the 5 chap. of one that had liued vnordinately by abusing his fathers wife: likenyng the sayd Pygot and Wolsey to the same mā, often tymes saying, that such members must be cut of from the congregation, most maliciously reportyng the sayd Wolsey to be cleane out of the fayth, and in many places quyte denying the Scripture.  
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Either Foxe or his sources probably edited Peacock's comments. The judges accused Wolsey of being an Anabaptist at his trial (Ely Diocesan Register G 1/8, fo. 82r) and Peacock's 'malicious reporting' probably included similar remarks. In fact, Wolsey's statements at his trial may well have been edited by Foxe or his informants; Wolsey declared that the word 'trinity' could not be found in scripture and denied that baptism affected salvation (Ely Diocesan Register G 1/8, fo. 81v). Foxe would have regarded both statements as heretical.

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So his Sermon beyng ended, the forenamed Pygot and Wolsey beyng brought to the place of execution and so bounde to the stake with a chayne, thether commeth one sir Richard Collinson a Priest, at that tyme desolate of any bidyng place or stay of benefice, who sayd vnto Wolsey: brother Wolsey the preacher hath openly reported in his Sermon this day that you are quyte out of the Catholicke fayth, and deny Baptisme, and that you do erre in the holy Scripture: Wherfore I beseech you for the certifying of my consciēce with others here present: that you declare in what place of the Scripture you do erre or find fault.

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MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of W. Wolsey and Rob. Pigot at Eley Anno. 1555. October. 16.¶ The burnyng of William Wolsey, and Robert Pygot, Martyrs.

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MarginaliaW. Wolsey cleareth him selfe to be sound in all poyntes of the scripture belonging to his saluation.Wolsey. I take the eternall and euerlastyng God to witnesse that I do erre in no part or poynt of Gods booke the holy Bible, but hold and beleue in the same to be most firme and sounde doctrine in all pointes most woorthy for my saluation and for all other Christians to the ende of the world. What soeuer myne aduersaries report by me, God forgeue them therfore. With that cōmeth one to the fire with a great sheete knit full of bookes to burne, like as they had ben new Testamētes. MarginaliaBookes burned with Wolsey and Pigot.O sayd Wolsey, geue me one of them, & Pygot desired an other, both of them clappyng them close to their brestes saying the 106. Psalme, desiryng all the people to say Amen, and so receiued the fire most thankefully.

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Witnesses and informers hereof.
Robert Scortred, Robert Crane, Edward
Story, Robert Kendall, Richard Best. &c. 

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These were Foxe's sources for much, if not all, of the account of Wolsey and Pygot up to this point.

Concernyng the story of William Wolsey I receaued moreouer from the Vniuersitie of Cambridge by a credible person and my faythfull frend William Fulke, this relation which I thought in this place not vnmeete to be notified vnto the Reader in order and forme as followeth: 

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Fulke must have gone out and got Hodilo's testimony and sent it on to Foxe. This is an excellent example of Foxe's friends acting as unpaid research assistants for him. This is one reason why Foxe obtained such extensive information from personal sources.

There were burned at Ely two Godly Martyrs, the one called Wolsey, the other Pygot. MarginaliaThe natures of Wolsey, and Pigot described.In these two appeared diuers opinions of one spirite. Pygot was myld, humble, and modest, promising that he would bee conformable to his persecutours, if they could perswade hym by the Scripture. MarginaliaThe zelous spirite of W. Wolsey.The other Wolsey, was stout strong and vehement, as one hauing πληροφορίαν of the spirite, and detested all their doynges, as of whom he was sure to receyue nothing but crueltie and tyranny. He was wonderfull ielous ouer his companion, fearyng lest his gentle nature would haue bene ouercome by the flatteryng inticementes of the worlde, 

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Wolsey was worried that Pygot might be persuaded to recant.

and therefore the same day that they were burned, when they would haue talked with him alone, he pulled him away frō them almost by force. MarginaliaW. Wolsey desirous of Martyrdome.He was so desirous to glorifie GOD with his sufferyng, that beyng wonderfull sore tormented in the prison with the tooth ake, hee feared nothyng more, then that he should depart before the day of executiō ( MarginaliaWolsey calleth the day of hys Martyrdome, his glad day.which he called his glad day) were come.

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This Wolsey being in prison at Ely was visited by MarginaliaThomas Hodilo Beerebruer of Cābridge, witnes of this story.Thomas Hodilo Beerebruer in Ely. To him he deliuered certaine money to be distributed (as hee appointed) part to his wife, and part to his kinsfolkes and frendes, and especially. vj. shillynges. viij. pence to bee deliuered to one Richard Denton Smith dwellyng at Welle in Cambridgeshyre within the iurisdiction of the Ile of Ely, with this commendation, MarginaliaRichard Denton first conuerter of Wolsey.that he maruayled that he taryed so long behynde him, seyng he was the first that did deliuer him the booke of Scripture into his hand, and told him that it was the truth, desiring him to make hast after as fast as he could. MarginaliaMoney sent by Wolsey to Denton. Wolsey exhorting Richard Denton to persist in the truth.

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This Thomas Hodilo, both to auoyde daunger of the tyme, and to haue a witnes of his doynges herein delyuered the sayd summe of money, to one M. Laurence preacher in Essex (whiche then resorted often to his house) to be distributed as Wolsey had appointed: whiche thyng they performed, ryding from place to place. And when this. vj. shillyng. viij. d. was deliuered to Richard Dēton with the commendation aforesayd, his aunswere was this: I confesse it is true, but alas I can not burne. MarginaliaDenton afrayd of burning.This was almost one whole yeare after Wolsey was burned. But he that could not burne in the cause of Christ, MarginaliaRichard Denton burned in his owne house, which before would not burne for Christ. Anno. 1564. Aprill. 18.was afterward burned agaynst his will whē Chrits had geuen peace to his Church. For in the yeare of our Lord. 1564. On Tuesday beyng the. 18. day of Aprill, his house was set on fire, and while he went in, to saue his goodes he lost his life, with two other that were in the same house. 

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Foxe would later include Denton's death by fire among a collection of cases of providential retribution printed at the end of the Acts and Monuments. (See 1570, p. 2303; 1576, p. 1994 and 1583, p. 2103).

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Witnessed by Thomas Hodilo, and
William Fulke.

Not much vnlyke to thys, was also þe example of M. West Chapleine to Byshop Ridley, who refusing to dye in Christes cause with his Maister, sayd Masse agaynst his conscience, and soone after dyed.

Doctour. Nicholas Ridley and M. Hugh Latymer, both Byshops, preachers, and Martyrs of Christ, with their doynges, conferences, and sufferynges described. 
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Life and Character of Ridley

Perhaps rather surprisingly there is no account of Nicholas Ridley's life in theRerum. This can be explained by the pressure Foxe was under to complete the Rerum in time for the Frankfurt book fair in September 1559. Those martyrs executed after the summer of 1555 received, with one or two exceptions, little notice in the Rerum because Foxe was running close to his September deadline. Foxe made up for this neglect in the first edition of the Acts and Monuments. Most of the account of Ridley's life and behaviour first appeared in the 1563 edition and was clearly based on the testimony of those who knew the bishop. (It is worth remembering that Ridley ordained Foxeas a deacon in 1550 and that Edmund Grindal was one of those closest to the martyredbishop). Additions were made to this account in the 1570 edition which were clearly derived from the testimony of Ridley's brother-in-law George Shipside. No changes were made to this material in the 1576 and 1583 editions.

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MarginaliaDoct. Nicolas Ridley, Martyr.THe same yeare, moneth, and day in which the foresayd ij. Martyrs William Wolsey, and Thomas Pygot suffered at Eley, the which was. an. 1555. October 16. followed also at Oxford the slaughter of two other speciall and singular Captaines, and principall pillars of Christes Church, Maister Ridley Byshop of London and Maister Hugh Latimer, Byshop sometymes of Worcester: of whose famous doynges and memorable learnyng, & incōparable ornamentes and giftes of grace, ioyned with no lesse cōmendable sinceritie of life, as all the Realme can witnesse sufficiently: so it nedeth not greatly that we should stand exactly at this tyme in setting forth a full description of the same, but onely to comprehend briefly a few woordes touchyng the order of their lyues, so much as necessarily serueth to the due instruction of the Reader, and maketh to the vse of this present history, in declaryng first their begynnyng and bringyng vp, then their studyes and actes in the Vniuersitie, their preferrementes also by their studyes to hygher dignitie, at last their trouble and trauaile in settyng forth Religion, and in mainteinyng the same to the sheddyng of their bloud. And first to begyn with the life of Maister Ridley, whose story here ensueth.

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AMong many other worthy and sondry histories and notable Actes of such as of late dayes haue bene tormoyled, murdered, and martyred for the true Gospell of Christ

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