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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1822 [1796]

Q. Mary. A Supplication of Northfolke men to the Commissioners.

MarginaliaAn. 1556. Aprill. MarginaliaExperiment of Gods comfort in the prisonment of hys seruauntes.thanke hym I was neuer meeryer in Christ.


By me William Tyms prisoner
in the Kinges benche.

About this tyme or somewhat before, came downe certayne Commissioners assigned by the Queene and Counsayle, to Northfolke and Suffolke (as to other Countryes els besides) to inquire of matters of religion: vnto the which Commissioners, there was a Supplication then exhibited by some good and well disposed men (as by the same may appeare) dwellyng about those partyes. Which Supplication, as I thought it not vnworthy to be read, bearyng the date of this present yeare 

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The Norfolk Petition

While the copy of the document Foxe saw may have been dated 1556, Nicholas Tyacke has argued that this letter should be dated to 1555 (England's Long Reformation, 1500-1800, ed. Nicholas Tyacke [London: 1998], p. 21).

to be printed, so I thought it was not to be omitted, nor vnworthy here to be placed, in consideration of the fruite which thereof might ensue to the Reader.

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¶ A certayne godly Supplication exhibited by certaine inhabitantes of the country of Northfolke, to the Cōmissioners commyng downe to Northfolke & Suffolke, fruitful to be read & marked of al men.

MarginaliaA supplication exhibited to the Commissioners in Norfolke.IN most humble and lowly wise, we beseche your honors right honourable Commissioners, to tender and pitie the humble suite of vs poore men, and true, faythfull, and obedient subiectes: who as we haue euer heretofore, so intende we with Gods grace, to continue in Christian obedience vnto the end, (and according to the holy word of God) with all reuerent feare of God to doo our bounden dutie to all those superiour powers, whom God hath appoynted ouer vs, doing as S. Paule saith: MarginaliaRom. 13.Let euery soule be subiect to the superiour powers. For there is no power but of God: but those powers that are, are ordeyned of God. VVherefore, whosoeuer resisteth the powers, the same resisteth God, & they that resist, get themselues iudgemēt. These lessons (right honorable Commissioners) we haue learned of the holy word of God in our mother tounge:

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MarginaliaThe authoritie of kinges and Queenes approued.First, that the authority of a King, Queene, Lord and other their officers vnder them, is no tyrannicall vsurpation, but a iust, holy, lawful and necessary estate for man to be gouerned by, and that the same is of God, the fountaine and authour of righteousnes.

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Secondly, that to obey the same in al thinges not against God, is to obey God: and to resist them, is to resist God. Therefore as to obey God in hys Ministers and Magistrates, bringeth life: so to resist God in them, bringeth punishment & death. The same lessō haue we learned of S. Peter, saying: Marginalia2. Pet. 5.Be ye subiect to all humane ordinances for the Lords sake, whether it be to the king, as to the most highest, or to the Lieutenants sent frō hym to the punishment of euil doers, but to the prayse of such as do well. MarginaliaChristian men bound to obey God in his Magistrates. For so is the wyll of God, that with well doing ye should stop the mouthes of foolish & ignorant mē, as free, and not as hauing the libertie to be a cloke to malice, but as the seruantes of God.

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Wherfore, considering with our selues, both that the magistrates power is of God & that for the Lordes sake, we be bound to christian obedience vnto thē, hauing now presently a commaundement, as though it were frō the Queenes maiestie: with al humble obedience due to the regall power and authoritie ordeyned of God (which we acknowledge to stand whole & perfectly in her grace) and with due reuerēce vnto you her graces Commissioners, we humbly beseeche you with pacience and pitie to receiue this our aunswere vnto that commaundement, geuen vnto vs.

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First, right honourable Cōmissioners, we haue considered our selues to be, not onely Englishe men, but also Christians, and therefore bounde by the holy vowe made to God in our Baptisme, MarginaliaThe honour of God to be preferred before all regall honour and power.to preferre Gods honour in al thinges, and that al obedience (not onely of vs mortall men, but euen of the very angels and heauenly spirites) is due vnto Gods word: in so much that no obedience can be true and perfect, eyther before God or man, that wholy & fully agreeth not with Gods worde.

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Then haue we weighed the cōmaundement concerning the restitution of the late abolished Latine seruice geuē vnto vs to discent & disagree from Gods worde, MarginaliaQ. Maryes Iniunctions disagreeing from Gods word, how and wherin. and to commaund manifest impietie, & the ouerthrow of godlynes and true religion, & to import a subuersion of the regal power of this our natiue countrey & realme of England, with the bringing in of the Romish bishops supremacie, with all errours, superstitions, and idolatrie, wasting of our goodes & bodyes, destroying of our soules, bringing with it nothyng, but the seuere wrath of of God: which we alredy feele, & feare least the same shalbe more fiercely kindled vpon vs. Wherfore we humbly protest, that we can not be perswaded, that the same wicked commaundement shoulde come from the Queenes maiestie, but rather from some other, abusing the Queenes goodnes and fauour, and studying to worke some

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feate against the Quene, her crowne, & the realme, to please with it the Romane bishop, at whose handes the same thinketh hereafter to be aduaunced.

MarginaliaHest. 3.As the Agagite Aman wrought maliciously against the noble king Assuerus: and as the Princes of Babell wrought againste the good king Darius: Marginalia1. Esd. 4. so thinke we the queenes most gentle hart to be abused of some, who seeking them selues & their own vaine glory, procure such cōmaundements as are against the glory of God. MarginaliaQueene Mary euill incensed.For we cānot haue so euyll an opinion in her maiestie, that she would subuerte the most godly & holy religiō (so accordingly to Gods word set forth by the most noble, vertuous, and innocent king, a very Saint of God, our late most deare king Edward, her Graces brother) except she were wonderfully abused: who as hatyng reformation, wyll rather the destruction of all others, then acknowledge their errors, & to be according to gods word, reformed. MarginaliaReligion set forth in K. Edwardes time, commended.For truely þe Religion lately set forth by K. Edward, is such in our cōsciences, as euery Christiā man is bound to confesse to be the truth of God: and euery member of Christes church here in Englande must needes embrace the same in hart, and confesse it with mouth, and (if neede require) loose and forsake, not onely house, lande, and possessions, riches, wyfe, chyldren, and frendes: but also (if God wyll so call them) gladly to suffer all maner of persecution, and to lose their lyues in the defence of Gods worde and truth set out amongest vs. For our Saueour Christ requireth the same of vs, saying: MarginaliaLuke. 9.VVho soeuer shall be ashamed of me and my word before this adulterous and sinfull generation,the sonne of man wyl also be ashamed of hym, when he shal come in the glory of his father with the holy angels. And againe saith he: MarginaliaMath. 10,whosoeuer wyll confeße me before men, I wil confesse hym before my father that is in heauen. And who soeuer wyl deny me before mē, I wyl also deny him before my father that is in heauen. MarginaliaMath. 12.And whosoeuer shall speake a worde against the sonne of man, it shall be forgeuen him: but whosoeuer shall rayle againste the holy Ghost, it shall not be forgeuen hym.

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MarginaliaAn honest petition to Queene Mary.We humbly beseeche the Queenes Maiestie, and you her honorable Commissioners, be not offended with vs for confessing this truth of God, so straitly geuen vs in charge of Christ: neither bryng vppon vs that great sinne that shal neuer be forgeuen, & shall cause our Saueour Iesu Christ in the great day of iudgement, before his heauenly father and all his aungells, to deny vs, and to take from vs the blessed price and raunsome of his bloudshed, wherewith we are redemed.

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For in that day neyther the Queenes highnes, neither you, nor any man shall be able to excuse vs, nor to purchase a pardon of Christ for this horrible sinne and blasphemie of casting aside and condemning his worde. We cannot agree nor consent vnto this so horrible a sinne: but we beseche God for his mercy to geue vs and all men grace, most earnestly to flee from it, and rather (if the wyl of God be so) to suffer all extremitie and punishment in this worlde, then to incurre such damnation before God.

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MarginaliaExample of King Manasses.Manasses, who restored againe the wickednes of idolatrous religion (before put downe by Ezechias his father) brought the wrath of God vpon the people: so that the scripture sayth: Notwithstanding the reformation made by Iosias, the lord turned not frō the fiercenes of his great wrath, wherewith he was angry against Iuda, because of the prouocation with the which Manasses prouoked hym. Marginalia4. Reg. 23And the Lord saId: euen Iuda wyl I take away from my presence, as I cast away Israel: and I wyl cast away this citie of Ierusalem, and the house wherof I said: my name shall be there. MarginaliaExample of Ieroboam.Ieroboam, who at Bethel and Dan erected vp a new found seruice of God, and not onely sinned hym selfe, but also made al Israell to sinne wyth him: so that not only he was damned for commaunding, but the wrath of God came vpon al Israell, for obeying that his vngodly commaundement. Yet was it not so heynous offence to bring in an Idolatrie neuer yet heard of, as after reformation made by the godly kings and princes, by the vertuous and holy bishops, by the Prophetes and seruauntes of God, to reiecte and caste of the woorde and true Religion of God, and to receyue agayne a damned impietie.

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MarginaliaFoule Idolatry set out with fayre shewes and pretenses.This most heynous offence is now offered vnto vs: although the same be paynted and coloured wyth the name of reformation, restoryng of Religion, auncient fayth, with the name of the Catholicke Churche, of vnitie, Catholicke truth, & wyth the cloke of fayned holynes. These are sheepe skinnes, vnder the which (as Christ sayth) rauening wolues couer them selues. But Christ willeth vs to looke vpon their fruites, whereby we may know them: and truely this is no good fruite, to cast a side Gods worde and to banish the English seruice out of the churches, & in the place of it, to bring in a Latin tongue vnknowen vnto the people. Which as it edifieth no man, so hath it bene occasion of all

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