Thematic Divisions in Book 12
1. Exhumations of Bucer and Phagius along with Peter Martyr's Wife2. Pole's Visitation Articles for Kent3. Ten Martyrs Burnt at Canterbury4. The 'Bloody Commission'5. Twenty-two Prisoners from Colchester6. Five Burnt at Smithfield7. Stephen Gratwick and others8. Edmund Allen and other martyrs9. Alice Benden and other martyrs10. Examinations of Matthew Plaise11. Richard Woodman and nine other martyrs12. Ambrose13. Richard Lush14. Edmund Allen15. The Martyrdom of Simon Miller and Elizabeth Cooper16. Rose Allin and nine other Colchester Martyrs17. John Thurston18. George Eagles19. Richard Crashfield20. Fryer and George Eagles' sister21. Joyce Lewes22. Rafe Allerton and others23. Agnes Bongeor and Margaret Thurston24. John Kurde25. John Noyes26. Cicelye Ormes27. Persecution at Lichfield28. Persecution at Chichester29. Thomas Spurdance30. Hallingdale, Sparrow and Gibson31. John Rough and Margaret Mearing32. Cuthbert Simson33. William Nicholl34. Seaman, Carman and Hudson35. Three at Colchester36. A Royal Proclamation37. Roger Holland and other Islington martyrs38. Stephen Cotton and other martyrs39. Scourging of Thomas Hinshaw40. Scourging of John Milles41. Richard Yeoman42. John Alcocke43. Thomas Benbridge44. Four at St Edmondsbury45. Alexander Gouch and Alice Driver46. Three at Bury47. A Poor Woman of Exeter48. Priest's Wife of Exeter49. The Final Five Martyrs50. John Hunt and Richard White51. John Fetty52. Nicholas Burton53. John Fronton54. Another Martyrdom in Spain55. Baker and Burgate56. Burges and Hoker57. The Scourged: Introduction58. Richard Wilmot and Thomas Fairfax59. Thomas Greene60. Bartlett Greene and Cotton61. Steven Cotton's Letter62. James Harris63. Robert Williams64. Bonner's Beating of Boys65. A Beggar of Salisbury66. Providences: Introduction67. The Miraculously Preserved68. William Living69. Edward Grew70. William Browne71. Elizabeth Young72. Elizabeth Lawson73. Christenmas and Wattes74. John Glover75. Dabney76. Alexander Wimshurst77. Bosom's wife78. Lady Knevet79. Mistress Roberts80. Anne Lacy81. Crosman's wife82. Congregation at Stoke in Suffolk83. Congregation of London84. Edward Benet85. Jeffrey Hurst86. William Wood87. Simon Grinaeus88. The Duchess of Suffolk89. Thomas Horton 90. Thomas Sprat91. John Cornet92. Thomas Bryce93. Gertrude Crockhey94. William Mauldon95. Robert Horneby96. Mistress Sandes97. John Kempe98. Thomas Rose99. Complaint against the Ipswich Gospellers100. Tome 6 Life and Preservation of the Lady Elizabeth101. The Unprosperous Queen Mary102. Punishments of Persecutors103. Foreign Examples104. A Letter to Henry II of France105. The Death of Henry II and others106. Justice Nine-Holes107. John Whiteman108. Admonition to the Reader109. Hales' Oration110. Cautions to the Reader111. Snel112. Laremouth113. William Hunter's Letter
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Q. Mary. Visitation in Cambridge. Oration of Master Stokes.

MarginaliaAnno. 1557. Ianuary,were not possible, to their thinking, to quench it many yeres after. Who also feared (if it were not looked to in time) lest this mischief should take rote, and by litle and litle infect all the members nexte vnto it, which yet were whole and sound.

MarginaliaThe commyng of Inquisitors, & of their entertainment.This was the yeare of our Lord. 1556. To the entent therfore to make a salue for this sore, the Inquisitours, of whom we spake before, came vnto Cābridge the ninth day of Ianuary. As they were yet on their iourney, not farre from the towne, diuers of the Masters and Presidentes of the Colledges met them, and brought them courteously, first into the towne, and after to their lodgyng. They were entertained in Trinitie Colledge by MarginaliaM. Christopherson M. of Trinitie Colledge, Bishop elect of Chichester.M. Iohn Christopherson Master of the same house, & lately before elected Byshop of Chichester. Notwithstāding they were desired, some to one place, and some to an other, as occasiō serued, either to do their duties, or to shew their good willes: Cole to þe kinges Colledge, and D. Watson to S. Iohns. But whether it were for the acquaintaunce of Christopherson, or for the largenes of the house, which semed most conueniēt for their purpose, they all toke vp their lodginges in the said Colledge with M. Christopherson.

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MarginaliaAn Oratiō gratulatory at their cōming thetherAt their comming thether an Oration was made by a felow of the house, who in the name of all the rest, with long Protestation declared that they were most hartely welcome thither, and that he and his fellowes gaue them great thākes, that it had pleased their lordships to haue so good opinion of them, as to chose their house especially to lodge in, whereby they had both encouraged them to stād in hope of some further beneuolence towardes them, and also done great worshyp to their Colledge by their beyng there: wherfore they should looke at their hand agayne for as much duetie and reuerence, as lay in their power to performe.

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MarginaliaWatson aunswereth to the Oration.To this Oratiō Watson made aunswere, that this foreward and earnest good willes & minde of theirs, in doyng suche curtesie, was right thankefully taken, both of him and his, exhortyng them to continue stedfastly in the same, and to procede also whē nede should require: for it was so farre from any of their thoughts, to stop them in this their race, that they would rather hast them forward to runne through more spedely, beyng not without good cause persuaded to cōceiue good hope of their beneuolence towardes them, in asmuch as they would do for them, what soeuer might turne to their profite and commoditie.

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MarginaliaIanuary. 9.This day, for asmuch as it was toward euening ere they came, and the sunne was goyng downe, was nothing els done. MarginaliaIanuary. 10.The next day being the tēth of Ianuary, they bestowed in recreatyng them selues after their iourney, and in setting other thinges at a stay. Neuertheles to the entent the same should not escape altogether without doing of somewhat, MarginaliaS. Maries and S. Michaels interdicted because of Martin Bucer and Paulus Phagius buriall.they interdited the 2. Churches, namely S. Maries, where Martin Bucer, & S. Michaels, where Paulus Phagius lay buried.

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These men were dead a good while before. Paulus Phagius had scarce yet shewed the proofe of his wit & learning, whē he departed to God. 1549. Bucer liued but a litle after. During which time somewhat by writing, but chiefly by readyng & preachyng openly (wherin the old mā being painful in the word of God, MarginaliaCommendatiō of Martin Bucer.neuer spared him self nor regarded his health) he brought al men into such admiratiō of him, that neither his frēdes could sufficiētly prayse him, neither his enemies in any point finde fault with his singular life and sincere doctrine. A most certaine token whereof may be his sumptuous buriall, solemnised with so great assistence and gladnes of al the degres of the Vniuersity, that it was not possible to deuise more to the setting out & amplifiyng of the same. The whole maner and order of the doyng wherof, beyng written by M. Nicolas Carre, a learned man in a little treatise to Syr Iohn Cheke Knight, with an Epistle full of consolation as concernyng his departure added thereunto, was sent afterward vnto Peter Martyr, then abiding at Oxford.

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From the buriall of Bucer and Phagius, vnto the commyng of these visitours were passed about three or iiij. yeares more or lesse. And frō the time that that blessed kyng Edward the vi. deceased, vnto that day, the Priestes neuer crassed to celebrate their Masses, and al other kinde of Ceremonies in those places, and that without scruple of conscience, as farre as men could perceiue. But after the time that these Commissioners came thether, those thinges that before were accompted for sacred and holy, began to be denounced for pro-

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phane and vnholy. For they commaūded that all those assemblies that should hereafter bee made for the executyng of holy Ceremonies, should be remoued to the kinges Chappell, which is a place farre more stately then all the other.

Now was come the xi. day, MarginaliaIanuary. 11. in the which the Vicechancellor of the Vniuersitie, with the maisters & Presidētes of the Colledges, & all other the Graduates of euery house, were commaunded to appeare before the saied Cōmissioners in there habites. It was cōmaunded that the scholers also should come in there surplices,  

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Foxe added this description of the scholars refusing to wear their surplices in the 1570 edition; it must have been drawn from official records of the visitation. It served to discredit the vestments, including the surplice, which Foxe and other Elizabethan ministers refused to wear.

but that was not done. They assembled in great number to Trinitie Colledge: hauing the Vniuersity crosse borne before them and in the gatehouse a forme was set and couered, with cusshings and carpet on the ground for the visitors. Where the Vicechaucellour hauing on a tyshew cope sprinkled holy water on them, and purposed to sence them, but they refused it there, whiche notwithstanding afterwarde in the Queenes Colledge and elswhere they refused not.

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There M. Ihō Stokes cōmon Orator of the vniuersstie, made an oration in the name of all the rest. The copie wherof I thought good here to exemplificate, in Latin as it was pronounced.

¶ Maister Stokes Oration to Queene Maryes Visitors at Cambridge, an. 1557. Ianu. 11. 
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This oration is given in the Historia vera and Golding's translation of it (A briefe treatise, fos. 188r-122v). Interestingly, Foxe only paraphrased this oration in the 1563 edition. The version of the oration which Foxe printed in 1570 differs slightly from the earlier versions and was probably drawn from official records of the visitation.

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MarginaliaThe oration of master Stokes publike Orator of the Vniuersitie.ACademia, Reuerendi Patres, in expectatione aduentus vestri sollicita aliquādiu fuit, nunc præsentia dominationum vestrarum valde recreata libentissime vultus vestros intuetur, & ad apertam voluntatis suæ testificationem, ecce vniuersa se suasque opes effudit. Conuenit in hunc locum toto Cantabrigiæ frequentia, adsunt omnes ordines, de quorū certa mihi & explorata ad hanc rem volūtate, illud publica fide apud dominationes vestras affirmo, eos & separatim singulos, & cōiunctim omnes optatissimum hunc aduentū mirificis studijs, & consentiētibus animis gratulari. Illud enim omnium animis habemus persuasum, & negotium hoc quod hodierno die, fauente Deo, excellentia vestra auspicatur, ad academiæ rationes fore accommodum, neque in re, ad communem salutem tam necessaria, operam aliquando vestram nobis defuturam. Permulta sunt ad hanc opinionem confirmandam, sed cætera non persequor: ea tantum oratione attingam, quæ ita intimè cum præsenti negotio cohærent, vt diuelli ab eo disiungique nulla ratione possint. Atque sunt illa quidem numero certa & finita: verum re & virtute, ita immensa, vt nulla dicendi facultate mea plene comprehendi possent: quoniam tamen & antea sum professus summam esse academiæ lætitiam, eamque iustis de causis in aduentu vestro susceptam, quæso à vobis, vt dum eas breuiter recenseo faciles mihi aures præbeatis.

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MarginaliaCardinal. Polus.Reuerendiss. in Christo Pater Cardinalis Polus, Legatus, qui religionem oppressam restituit, patriæ ruinas suffulsit, leges & decreta quasi postliminio reduxit, iste inquam, iste polus Anglus, & verè noster Moyses, legationis vestræ autor est, a cuius excellenti virtute in omnes suæ patriæ partes plurima commoda dimanarūt. Quo vinculo necessitudinis, & si omnibus temporibus optima ab illo sperare liceret, quòd ex corpore simus ipsius reipublicæ, arctior est tamen & interior causa, quæ nobis cum dominatione illius separatim intercedit. Superiore anno academiæ procurationem in se humanissimè recepit, quam liberari custodia ita cœptam tenere se velle, literis significauit, vt nō solum incommoda dimoueret, quibus studia nostra affligerētur, sed vt ornamēta adijceret ea, quorum splendore augeri dignitas academiæ aut maxime illustrari posset. Quæ res & spem antea nostram confirmauit, & nunc in eam cogitationem nos adducit, vt omnem illius humanitatem in hanc vnam visitationem esse collectam putemus, in qua quidem ea a vobis expectamus omnia, quæ summi cancellarij nostri insignis amor præter communem charitatem academiæ, quasi pupillæ suæ propriæ pollicetur. Atque vtinam quidem ipse sine reipublicæ detrimento, hoc tempore adesse posset, & academiā suam è tenebris & profunda nocte emersam, ipse suis radijs veræ religionis splendore illustraret, verum optioni nostræ publica vtilitas repugnat, qua valde impeditus sanctissimæ sedis Apostolicæ legatus, vos Vicarios substituit: quorum naturas propter prouidentiam, personas propter dignitatem, voluntates propter educationē aptissimas ad hanc rem esse iudicauit. Itaque illud verè & ex animis istorū omnium affirmare possum, vos eos esse viros quorum religionem amamus, virtutē colimus, volū-

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