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. The apprehension of XXij. Prisoners, sent vp from Colchester to London.

MarginaliaAn. 1557. Mqarch.conuented before you, doo obstinately persist or stand in any maner of heresie, or hereticall opinion, that then ye or three of you doo immediately take order, that the same person or persons, so standing or persisting, be deliuered and committed to his Ordinary, there to be vsed according to the spiritual and ecclesiastical lawes.

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MarginaliaVacaboundes or maisterles men.And also we geue vnto you, or three of you, full power and authoritie, to enquire and searche out al vacaboundes, and maisterles men, Barettours, quarrellers, and suspect persons, abiding within our citie of London, & tenne myles compasse of the same, and al assaultes and affrayes done and committed within the same citie and compasse.

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MarginaliaDecay of Churches and Chappells.And further to searche out all waste, decayes, and ruines of Churches, Chauncelles, Chappelles, Personages and Vicarages in the Dioces of the same, being within this Realme, geuyng you and euery of you full power and authoritie by vertue hereof to heare and determine the same, and all other offences and matters aboue specified and rehearsed, according to your wisedomes, consciences, and discretions, willing and commaunding you or three of you, from tyme to tyme, to vse and deuise al such politike wayes and meanes, for the trial and searching out of the premisses, as by you or three of you shall be thought most expedient & necessary: and vppon inquirie and due proofe had knowen, perceiued and tried out, by the confession of the parties, or by sufficient witnesses before you, or three of you, cōcerning the premisses or any part therof, or by any other wayes or meanes requisite, to geue and award such punishmēt to the offenders, by fine, imprisonment, or otherwise, and to take such order for redresse and reformation of the premisses, as to your wisedomes, or three of you shalbe thought meete & conuenient.

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MarginaliaPrisoning of the obstinate.Further willyng and commaunding you and euerye three of you, in case you shall finde any person or persons, obstinate or disobedient, either in their appearaunce before you or three of you, at your calling or assignement, or els in not accomplishing or not obeying your Decrees, Orders, and Commaundementes in any thing or thinges, touching the premisses or any parte thereof, to commit the same person or persons so offending, to ward, there to remayne, tyll by you or three of you he be discharged or deliuered. &c. 

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At this point Foxe's reprinting of the document concludes in the 1570, 1576 and 1583 editions. Foxe retained the portion of the document dealing with the execution and imprisonment of religious offenders, but he dropped the section dealing with fines.

And so forth with other such like matter, as foloweth, see in our first edition, pag. 1563.

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¶ The apprehension of two and twentie prisoners sent vp together for Gods woorde, to London, from Colchester. 
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22 Prisoners from Colchester

Much of this account - Kingston's letter to Bonner, the indenture on the delivery of the prisoners and the formal confession of the prisoners - was printed in the 1563 edition. In the 1570 edition, Foxe added Bonner's letter to Pole, an informal confession of some of the prisoners and the petition of the prisoners. Foxe's sources for the 1563 edition are clearly London diocesan records; for the 1570 edition, he has apparently drawn from the Canterbury records.

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Foxe credits Pole with saving the prisoners, but there are other possible readings of these documents. What is clear is that the Colchester magistrates and Bonner's commissioners had arrested these prisoners and sent them to Bonner in London. Their arrival in the capital created a commotion which greatly worried Bonner. His solution was to have the prisoners taken to Fulham and tried there, but he sought to obtain Pole's permission for this. In the event, the prisoners were released upon making a deliberately vague submission of belief in the eucharist.

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AFter this bloudy Proclamation or Commission thus geuen out at London, whiche was February 8. the thirde and fourth yeares of the Kynge and Queenes raigne, these new Inquisitours, especially some of them beganne to ruffle and to take vppon them not a litle: so that al quarters were ful of persecution and prisons almost ful of prisoners, namely in the Dioces of Canterbury, wherof (by the leaue of Christ) we wyll say more anone.

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MarginaliaPersecution about Colchester.In the meane tyme, aboute the Towne of Colchester, the wynde of persecution beganne fiercely to rise: insomuch that three and twentie together, men and women were apprehended at one clap, of the which xxiij. one escaped. MarginaliaXXij. for Gods worde apprehended.The other. xxij. were driuen vp like a flocke of Christen lambes, to London, with two or three leaders with them at most, ready to geue their skinnes to be pluckt of for the Gospelles sake. Notwithstanding the Bishops, afraide belike of the number, to put so many at once to death, sought meanes to deliuer them, and so they dyd, drawing out a very easie submission for them, or rather suffring them to drawe it out thē selues: notwithstanding diuers of thē afterward were takē againe, & suffered, as hereafter ye shal heare (God willing) declared. Such as met them by the way commyng vp, saw thē in the fields scattering in such sort, as þt they might haue easily escaped away. MarginaliaThe aray and order of these 22. prisoners comming vp to London.And whē they entred into the townes, their keepers called them againe into aray, to goe two & two together, hauing a bande or lyne going betweene them, they holding the same in their handes, hauing an other corde euerye one about his arme, as though they were tied. And so were these fourteene men and eight women carried vp to London, the people by the way praying to God for them, to geue them strength. At the entring into London, they wer pinioned, & so came into the citie, as the Picture here shortly after folowing with their names also subscribed, doth describe. But first let vs declare concerning their taking and their attachers, conteined in the Cōmissaryes letter, written to Boner: then, the Indenture made betweene the cōmissioners and the popishe Commissary. The letter of the Commissary is this.

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¶ The Letter of the Commissary, called Iohn Kingston, written to Bishop Boner.

AFter my duetie done in receiuyng and accōplishing your honorable and most louing letters, dated the 7. of August: Be it knowen vnto your Lordship, that the 28. of August the MarginaliaLorde of Oxforde, L. Darcy, H. Tyrrell, Antony Browne, William Bendelowes, Edmunde Tyrrell, Richard Weston, Roger Appleton, Iohn Kingstone Commissarie, persecutors.Lord of Oxenforde, lord Darcy, H. Tyril, A. Brown, W. Bendlowes, E. Tyril, Ric. Westen, Roger Apleton, published their cōmission to seise the lands and tenements & goods of the fugitiues, so that the owners should haue neither vse nor commoditie thereof, but by Inuentory remaine in safe keeping, vntyl the cause were determined.

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And also there was likewise proclaimed the queenes graces warrant, for the restitutiō of the Church goods within Colchester, and the hundredes therabout to the vse of Gods seruice. And then were called the parishes particularly, and the heretikes partly cōmitted to my examination. And that diuers persons should certifie me of their ornaments of their Churches, betwixt this and the Iustices next appearaunce, which shalbe on Micheelmasse euen next. And that parish which had presented at two seueral tymes, to haue al ornaments, with other things in good order, were exonerated for euer, to they were warned againe, and others to make their appearaunce from tyme to tyme. And those names blotted in the Indenture, were indited for treason, fugitiues, or disobedients, and were put forth by maister Brownes commaundement. And before the sealing, my Lord Darcy saide vnto me a part, and M. Bendlowes, that I shoulde haue sufficient tyme to send vnto your Lordship, yea, if neede were, the heretikes to remaine in durance tyl I had an answere frō you: yea to the Lorde Legates graces Commissioners come into the Countrey.

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And maister Browne 

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This is Robert Brown, a Colchester alderman and not Sir Anthony Browne, the Essex magistrate who frequently appears in Foxe's pages.

came into my Lord Darcyes house and parlour belonging vnto M. Barnaby, before my sayde Lord and al the Iustices, and laid his hand of my shoulder, with a smilyng countenaunce, and desired me to make his harty commendations vnto your good Lordship, and asked me if I would, and I said, Yea, with a good wyl. Wherefore I was glad, and thought that I should not haue bene charged with so sodaine carriage. But after dynner, the Iustices counselled with the Bayliffes, and with the Gaolers, and then after tooke me vnto them, and made collation of the Indentures, and sealed: and then maister Browne commaunded me this after noone, being the. 30. of August, to go and receiue my prisoners by and by. And then I said, it is an vnreasonable commaundement, for that I haue attended of you here these three dayes, & this Sōday early I haue sēt home my men. Wherefore I desire you to to haue a conuenient tyme appoynted, wherin I may knowe whether it wyll please my Lord my maister to sende his Commissioners hyther, or that I shall make carryage of them vnto his Lordship. Then M. Browne: MarginaliaMaister Browne a hoate and hastie iustice in persecuting Gods people. We are certified, that the Counsaile hath written vnto your maister, to make speede, and to ryd these prisoners out of hande: therefore go receiue your prisoners in hast. Then I. Sir, I shal receiue thē within these ten dayes. Then M. Browne: The limitation lyeth in vs, & not in you, wherfore get you hence.

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Sir, ye haue indited and deliuered me by this Indenture, whose fayth or opinions I knowe not, trustyng that ye wyll graunt me a tyme to examine them, leaste I shoulde punishe the Catholikes. Well, saide maister Browne, for that cause ye shall haue tyme betwixt this and Wednesday. And I say vnto you maister Bayliffes, if he doo not receyue them at your handes on Wednesday, set open your doores, and let them goe.

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Then I: My Lord and maisters al, I promise to discharge the town and countrey of these heretikes, within ten daies. Then my Lord Darcy said: Commissary, we doo and muste al agree in one. Wherfore do you receiue them on, or before Wednesday.

Then I. My Lorde, the laste I carryed, I was goyng betwixte the Castell, and Saint Katherines Chappell, two houres and an halfe, and in greate preasse and daunger: MarginaliaWhat adoe is here with the Butchers to bring the poore Lābes to the Shambles.wherefore this maye be to desire your Lordship to geue in commaundemente vnto my Maister Sayer, Bayliffe, here present, for to ayde me through his Liberties, not onely with men and weapons, but that the Towne clarke maye be ready there with his booke to write the names of the moste busie persons, and this vpon three houres warning, al which both my Lord and M. Browne commaunded.

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And the. 31. of August, Williā Goodwin of Muchbyrch husbandman, this brynger, and Thomas Alsey of Copforde MarginaliaThomas Alsey of Copford Apparitor to Byshop Boner. your Lordships Apparitour of your Consistorie in Colchester, couenaunted with me, that they should hyre two other men at the least, whereof one should be a Bowman, to come to me the next day about two of the clocke at afternoon, so

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