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. Persecution in Sussex. The troubles and examination of Richard Woodman.

MarginaliaRichard Woodman preferreth the kingdome of Christ, before lyfe, or wyfe, and all worldly respectes. MarginaliaAn. 1557. Iune.or poore. And as for my wife and children, God doth know how I loue them in him, and my life also. My life, my wife, and my children are all in Gods hands, and I haue them all as I had them not, I trust, accordyng to S. Pauls words. But if I had tē thousand pound of Gold, I had rather forgoe it all, then them, if I might be in choyce, and not displease God.

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Chichest. The Shieriffe tooke payne to come to me of loue he sayd whiche he bare to you, as to himselfe: and sayd, you were desirous to speake with me.

Wood. MarginaliaWoodman appealed to his Ordinary.I thought it meete to appeale to my Ordinary. For they go about to sheede my bloud vnrighteously. For they haue layde many vniust thinges to my charge. Wherfore I thought it meete to appeale to you, þt if you cā finde any fault in me, meete to be reformed by Gods worde, I stand to bee reformed: and likewise, if my bloud shall be shedde vnrighteously, that it might bee required at your handes, because you haue taken vppon you to be the Physicion of our countrey.

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Story. Is not this a peruerse fellow, to laye to your charge, that his bloude shalbe required at your handes? Thinkest thou that thou shalte bee put to death vniustly, that thy bloud should be required? No, if he should condemne a hundred such heretickes as thou art. MarginaliaD. Story a great spiller of bloud by his owne confession.I helped to ridde a good sort of you, And I promise the I will helpe to ridde the to, the best that I can.

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Wood.Then I woulde haue aunswered hym, but the Byshop desired vs both to geue hym place.

Chichest. Well, neighbour Woodman: I call you neighbour, because you be one of my Dioces: and you are sent to me that I should geue you spirituall counsell: for I am your spiritual Pastour. Therefore heare what I shal say to you.

Wood. First I desire you to heare me a few words. You haue said, you wil geue me spiritual counsel. Be you sure that you haue the spirit of God?

Chich. MarginaliaThe papistes in doubt whether they haue the spirite of God.No, I am not sure of that?

Wood. No, be you not sure of that?

Chich. No by saint Mary, I dare not be so bold to say so: I doubt of that.

Wood. Then you be like the waues of the sea, as saith S. Iames, that be tossed about with the wynd, & be vnstable in al your wayes, & can looke for no good thing at the Lords hand: Yea, ye are neither hot nor cold, and therfore God wil spue you out of his mouth, as saith S. Iohn. Then they were in a great furie, especially D. Story, saying:

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Story MarginaliaD. Story in a fury.What a peruerse fellowe is this? he hath the Deuyll within hym, and is madde. He is worse then the Deuyll. Nowe I perceiue that it is true that is reported by thee, and it is the pride of all suche heretikes, to boaste them selues.

Chich. Yea surely, he is sent to me to learne, & taketh vpō him to teach me.

Wood. I seeing their blindnesse and blasphemie, it made my harte melt, and myne eyes gush out with teares, saying: The Iewes saide to Christe, he had the Deuyll, and was madde, as you haue saide here by me. But I knowe, the seruaunt is not aboue his maister. And God forbid that I should learne of him that confesseth that he hath not the spirit of God.

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Chich. MarginaliaHe is no true Christian that hath not the spirite of God.Why? doo you thinke that you haue the Spirite of God?

Wood. I beleue verily that I haue the spirit of God.

Chich. You boast more then euer Paul did, or any of the apostles, the which is great presumption.

Wood. I boast not in my self but in þe gift of God, as Paul did, for he said: Marginalia1. Cor. 7.he beleued verily that he had the spirite of God, making therof no doubtes, in the first to the Corinth. the. vij. chapt.

Chich. It is not so: you belye the text.

Wood. If it be not so, let me be burned to morow.

Story. Thou shalt not be burned to morow: but thou shalt be burned within these sixe daies, I promise thee.

Chich. If it be so, it is wrong translated, as it is in a thousand places more.

Wood. MarginaliaWhether Paul was sure to haue the spirite of Christ.Then one looked in a LatineTestament, and an other in a Greeke Testament, and they said, it was in them both, that Paul supposed that he had the spirit of God, but he was not sure.

Chich. Euen so I hope and suppose that I haue the spirit of God, but I am not sure.

Wood. If that place be wrong trāslated, and so many places of the Bible, as you say, then I may say with Christ, it can not be auoyded but offences must be geuen: But wo vnto them by whom they come. I may say woe vnto false Translaters. For cursed are they that adde or take away. But take you heede that you belye not the Translaters. I beleue they had the feare of God more before their eyes, then

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you report of them. And yet if that place be wrong translated, I can proue places enough that Paul had the spirite of God, as I my selfe and al Gods elect haue.

Chich. How proue you that?

Wood. Marginalia1. Cor. 7.No man can beleue that Iesus is Lorde, but by the holy Ghost. First to the Corinth. the vij. I do beleue that Iesus Christ is my redeemer, and that I shalbe saued from al my sinnes by his death & bloudshedding, as Paul & all the Apostles did, and as all faithfull people ought to do: which no man can do without the spirit of God. And there is no damnation to thē that are in Christ Iesus: so is there no saluation to them that are not in Christe Iesu. MarginaliaRom. 8.For he that hath not the spirit of Christ, is none of his, but is a cast away, as he saith in the same text. And againe: We haue not receiued the spirite of bondage, to feare any more; but we haue receiued the spirite of adoption, whereby we crye, Abba father. The same spirit certifieth our spirites, that we are the sonnes of God. MarginaliaRom. 8. Gal. 4. Marginalia2. Tim. 1. Here are proofes enough, that Paul was sure that he had the spirit of God. Also S. Iohn saith: He that beleueth not that Christ is come in the fleshe, is an Antichriste, and denyeth both the Father and the Sonne: which is sinne against the holy Ghost, which shal neuer be forgeuen in this world, nor in the world to come. Besides al this, He that beleueth in God, dwelleth in God, and God in hym. So is it impossible to beleue in God, vnlesse God dwell in vs. MarginaliaThe Papists bewray their owne blyndnes.Oh good God, what more iniurie can be done vnto thee, then to mistrust that we haue reciued thy holy spirit by thy gift? Thus may all men see their blindnes, and whose seruants they be, as they do declare them selues both by their words and deedes.

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Story. Oh my Lord, what an heretike is this same? Why heare you hym? Sende hym to prison to his felowes in the Marshalsea, and they shalbe dispatched within these xij. dayes.

Wood. When I heard hym say so, I reioyced greatly in my hart, desiring God, if it were his wyll, to keepe hym in that mynd. For I looked surely to haue gone to the Bishop of Londōs Colehouse, or to Lollards tower: yea I thought my self happy if I might haue gone to Lollards tower: but it pleased God to put in the harts of them, to send me to the Marshalsea amongest our brethren and my olde prison fellowes: MarginaliaRichard Woodman glad to goe to the Marshalsey. So mercyfully hath God dealt with me in easing of my burden, that I looked for. So when they perceiued that I feared not imprisonmēt, but rather reioyced, as they wel perceiued, then said the Bishop: Me thinkes he is not afraid of the prison.

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Wood. No, I prayse the liuyng God.

Story. This is an heretike in deede: he hath þe right termes of all heretikes: MarginaliaThe liuing God, is a poynt of Heresie among the Catholickes.the liuyng God, I pray you be there dead Gods, that you say, the liuyng God?

Wood. Be you angry with me, because I speak the words which are written in the Bible?

Story. Bybble babble, bybble babble. MarginaliaStory scorneth at the holy Byble. What speakest thou of þe Bible? There is no such word written in all þe Bible.

Wood. Then I am much to blame, if it be not so written. MarginaliaBarucke. 6.Beholde, for the offences that you haue done, you shall be carried away captiue by Nabuchodonoser to Babylon, and there ye shalbe seuen generations: and when you be there, you shal see Gods of gold, of syluer, of wood, and of stone borne before you and behind you vpon mens shoulders, to cast out a feare among the Heathen. When you shal see all these abominations, thē say you in your hart: it is the liuing god that ought to be worshipped. MarginaliaD. Story set to schole in the scriptures.Here I proue my saying true, both that there is a liuyng God, and that there be dead Gods Also Dauid saith in his Psalmes: MarginaliaPsal. 84. My soule hath a desire and longing to enter into the courtes of the Lorde: My hart and my fleshe reioyce in the liuyng God: with diuers other places that I could recite. Wherfore I marueile that you rebuke me for speaking the truth.

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Chich. I doo not deny but it is written, and is the truth, and I knowe it as well as you: but such is the speach of all heretikes. MarginaliaIf the liuing God in heauen doe make an hereticke, what maketh then the dead God on the altar.

Story. My Lord, I wyll tell you how you shal knowe an heretike by his wordes, because I haue bene more vsed to them then you haue bene: that is, they wyll say (the Lord) and (we prayse God) and (the liuyng God.) MarginaliaStoryes rule to know an hereticke that is a true Christian. By these wordes you shal know an heretike.

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Wood. All these wordes are written for our learnyng, and we are commaunded of the Prophetes to vse them dayly, as this: The Lordes name be praysed from the rising vp of the Sunne, vnto the going downe of the same. Also, As many as feare the Lord, say alwayes, the Lorde be praysed.

Story. My Lord, sende hym to prison, MarginaliaWhen D. Story can not confute them by learning, he confuteth them by imprisonment. you shall do no good with hym. I wyl go to Church and leaue you here. This is an old heretike. Wast thou neuer before me ere now?

Wood. Yes forsooth, that I haue.

Story. Yea, I trowe so: and I sent thee to the Bishop of

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