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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1873 [1859]

Q. Mary. The Martyrdome of Ioane waste a blindwoman, at Darby.

MarginaliaAnno. 1556. August. September. MarginaliaNote here the difference betwene the conscience of the Protestant, and of the Papist.Doctor Draycot his Chauncelour, hearyng that, said: My Lord, you know not what you doe: you may in no case aunswere for an heretike. And immediatlie he asked the poore woman whether she would recant or no, and said she should aunswere for her selfe. Vnto whose saynges the Bishop also reformed himself.

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MarginaliaThe Bishop & his Chauncellor durste not take vpon their conscience, to aunswere before GOD for their doctrine.The poore woman perceauyng this, aunswered againe, that if they refused to take of their conscience that it was true they woulde haue her to beleue, shee would answere no further, but desired them to do their pleasure, and so after certein circumstances, MarginaliaSentence pronoūced against Ioane Waste.they pronounced sentence againste her, 

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The original sentence, dated 19 June 1556, is in Foxe's papers: BL, Harley 421, fo. 76r.

and deliuered her vnto the Baliffes of the saide towne of Darby afore named. Who after they had kept her about a moneth or fiue wekes, MarginaliaThe writte brought doune for the burning of Ioane Waste.at length there came vnto them a writ De heretico comburendo: 
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Given that the sentence against Joan was pronounced on 19 June and that she was burned on 1 August, the time elapsed was closer to six weeks. Legally, no one convicted of heresy could be executed without a writ authorising the execution.

by vertue wherof, they were appointed by the said Bishop to bring her to the parish church of all Sainctes at a daie appointed where D. Draycot should make a Sermon.

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MarginaliaDoctor Draicot appointed to preache at the burnyng of Ioane Waste.When the daye and tyme was come that this innocēt Martyr should suffer, first commeth to the Churche Doct. Draycot accompanied with diuers gentlemen, as M. Thomas Powthred, M. Henry Vernon, M. Dethicke of Newall, and diuers others. This done, and all thinges now in a readines, at laste the poore blinde creature and seruaunt of God was brought and set before the Pulpit, MarginaliaD. Draycottes railyng Sermon againste Ioane Waste.where the said Doctour beyng entred into his Sermon, and there inueiyng againste diuers matters, whiche hee called Heresies, declared vnto the people that that woman was condemned for deniyng the blessed Sacramente of the Altar to bee the verie body and bloud of Christ really and substancially, and was thereby cut of from the bodye of the Catholicke church: and said, that she was not onely blind of her bodily eyes, but also blind in the eyes of her soule. MarginaliaBlessed are you when men shal reuile you, and saie all euill againste you, for my names sake. Matth. V. And he said, that as her body should be presently cōsumed with materall fire: so her soule should be burned in hel with euerlastyng fire, as sone as it should be separated from the body, and there to remaine world without end, and saide it was not lawfull for the people to pray for her: and so with many terrible threates he made an ende of his Sermon, and commaunded the Bailifes and those gentlemen to see her executed. And the Sermon thus ended, eftsones the blessed seruaunt of God was caried awaye frō the saied churche, MarginaliaIoane Waste brought to the place of execution.to a place called the windmill Pit, neare vnto the saide towne, and holdyng the foresaid Roger Wast her brother by the hand, she prepared her selfe, and desired the people to pray with her, and saide suche praiers as she before had learned, and cried vpon Christe to haue mercy vpon her as long as life serued. MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of Ioane Waste. In this meane season, the said D. Draycot went to his Inne, for greate sorrowe of her death, and there layed him downe, and slept during all the time of her execution. And thus much of Ioane waste.

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Now, for so much as I am not ignoraunt (faithful reader) that this, and other stories moe, set forth of the Martyrs, shall not lacke carpers and markers enowe, 

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These 'carpers' are catholic critics such as Nicholas Harpsfield and Thomas Harding who subjected sections of Foxe's account to intense criticism.

readye to seeke all holes and corners, how to diffame the memory of Gods good Sainctes, and to condemne these histories, of lyes and vntruthes: especially histories wherein they see their shamefull actes and vnchristian cruelty detected and brought to light: therfore for better confirmation of this historie aboue written, and to stop the mouthes of such Momes, this shalbe to admonish all & singular readers hereof, that the discourse of this poore blinde womans life and death, in suche sort as is aboue prefixed, hath beene confessed to be very true, by diuers persons of worthy credit and yet liuing: and also hath beene specially perused and examined by W. Baynbridge, tofore mentioned, Bayliffe then of Darby: who aswell of his owne knowledge, as by speciall enquirie and conference, by hym made, with diuers others, hath certified vs the same to be vndoubted: besides the Testimoniall of Iohn CadmanCurate of the said towne,  
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One suspects that there may have been elements of both self-exculpation and a desire to blame local catholics in the readiness of these officials to send Foxe more information on John Waste.

and of other also, vpoon whose honestie well knowen, and their report herein nothing differyng from such as were best acquainted with that matter, I haue bene here the more bold to commit this storie to posteritie, for all good men to consider and to iudge vpon.

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¶ Edvvard Sharpe. 
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Edward Sharpe

This account first appeared in the 1563 edition and was unchanged in subsequent editions. There is some, not entirely reliable, corroboration of Foxe's brief account of Sharpe (see K. G. Powell, The Marian Martyrs and the Reformation in Bristol [Bristol: 1972], p. 12).

MarginaliaSeptēb. 8.ABout the beginning of the next moneth following, whiche was September, a certain godly, aged, deuout, and zelous person of the Lordes glory, borne in Wiltshire named Edwarde

Sharpe, of the age of. lx. yeares, or thereaboute, was condemned at Bristow to the like Martyrdome, MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of Edward Sharpe at Bristowe.wher he constantly and manfully persistyng in the iust quarell of Christes Gospell, for misliking and renouncing the ordinaunces of the Romish Churche, was tried as pure golde, and made a liuely Sacrifice in the fire: in whose death, as in the death of al his other saintes, the Lord be glorified and thanked for his greate grace of constancie: to whom be praise for euer, Amen.

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¶ Foure suffered at Mayfield. 
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Four Burned at Mayfield, Sussex

The account of these four martyrs and of the Bristol carpenter appeared in the 1563 edition and remained unchanged in subsequent editions. The fact that the Bristol carpenter and two of the Sussex martyrs were unnamed indicates Foxe's difficulties in obtaining information on martyrs in the dioceses of Chichester and Bristol.

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MarginaliaSeptēb. 24. MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of fower at Maifielde in Sussex.NExt after the martyrdome of Edward Sharp aboue saide, followed. iiij. whiche suffered at Mayfield in Sussex, the. xxiiij. day of September. an. 1556, Of whose names. ij. wee finde recorded, and the other twoo we yet know not, and therefore accordyng to our register, here vnder they be specified, as we find them.

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Iohn Hart.
Thomas Rauēsdale.

A Shomaker.
And a Coriar.

Which said. 4. being at the place where they should suffer, after they had made their praier, and were at the stake, ready to abide the force of the fire, they constantlie and ioyfullie yelded their liues for the testimonie of the glorious Gospell of Iesus Christe, vnto whom be praise for euer and euer, Amen.

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MarginaliaSeptember. 25. MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of a Carpenter at Bristowe.The daie after the martyrdome of these foresaid at Mayfield, which was the 24. of September. an. 1556. was a young man (which by science was a Carpenter, whose name we haue not) 

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There is no reliable confirmation of any carpenter being burned in Bristol.

put to death for the like testimony of Iesus Christ at Bristow, where he yelding hym selfe to the torments of the fire, gaue vp his life into the handes of the Lord, with such ioyfull constancy and triumphe, as all the Church of Christ haue iust cause to praise God for hym.

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¶ The Martyrdome of John Horne, and a vvoman. 
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John Horne

This account first appeared in the 1563 edition and was unchanged in subsequent editions. Probably it should have been changed; it is certain that someone named Horne was burned at Wotton-under-Edge, but when this happened and the other circumstances of the execution are far from clear. A letter, which was probably sent to one of Foxe's sons, survives among Foxe's papers, correcting Foxe'saccount of this incident. The letter states that an Edward Horne was burned at Wotton-under-Edge in 1558 (not 1556). The letter, drawing on the testimony of Edward's septuagenarian son Christopher, states that Edward Horne's wife was condemned with him but she recanted and her life was spared (BL, Harley MS 425, fo. 121r; printed in J. G. Nichols, Narratives of Days of the Reformation, Camden Society, original series 77 [1859], pp. 69-70). This letter was probably correct about the martyr's name but wrong about the date; the writ authorizing Edward Horne'sexecution is dated 10 August 1556 (PRO C/85/203/3).

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MarginaliaSeptember. 27. MarginaliaThe Matrydome of Iohn Horne, and a womā, at Wottō vnder hedge in Glocestershire.NOw, not long after the death of the said yoūg man at Bristow, in the same moneth were two mo godly Martyrs consumed by fire at Wotton Vnderhedge in Glocestershire, whose names are aboue specified, whiche died verie gloriously in a constant faith, to the terrour of the wicked, and comfort of the Godly. So graciously did the Lorde worke in them, that death vnto them was life, and life with a blotted conscience was death.

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¶ A pitifull story concernyng the vnmercifull handlyng of W. Dangerfield, and Ioane his wife beyng in childbed, taken out of her house, with her suckyng infant of xiiij. dayes old, and laid in the common Iayle amongest theeues and murderers. 
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William Dangerfield

This account first appeared in the 1570 edition and was based on the accounts of individual informants in Wotton-under-Edge. It remained unchanged in subsequent editions.

MarginaliaThe cruell hādelyng of W. Dangerfield and Ioane his wife in prison.WHen I had written and finished the story of the Garnsey women, with the yong infant there with them burned, and also had passed the burnynge of the poore blinde woman Ioane Wast at Darby, I well hoped I shoulde haue found no mo such like stories of vnmercifull cruelty shewed vppon sely 

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I.e., innocent.

women with their children and young infants: but now commyng to the persecution of Glocestershire about the partes of Bristow, I finde an other storie of such vnmercifulnes shewed against a woman in childbed, as farre from all charitie and humanitie, as hath beene any other story yet hetherto rehearsed, as by the sequele hereof may appeare.

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In the Parishe of Wotton Vnderhedge, not farre from Bristow, was dwellyng one W. Dangerfield a right honest and godly poreman, who by Ioane Dangerfield his wife had ix children, and she nowe liyng in childbed of the tenth. This William after he had bene abroad from his House a certaine space, for feare of persecution, hearing that his wife was brought to bed, repayred home to visite her, as naturall duetie required, and to see his children, shee beyng nowe deliuered foure dayes before.

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The retourne of this man was not so soone knowen

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