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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1923 [1896]

Q. Mary. Edmund Allin, Tho. Rede, Simon Miller, Elizabeth Cooper, Martyrs.

MarginaliaAn. 1557. Iune.ther I trust to go, and there to be shortly. God hath layd the foundation, and I by his ayde will end it.

MarginaliaHullier preparing him selfe to the stake.Then goyng to a stoole (prepared for him to sit on) to haue his hosen plucked of, he desired the people to pray for him agayne, and also to beare witnesse that he dyed in the right fayth, and that he would seale it with his bloud, certifying them that he dyed in a iust cause, and for the testimonie of the veritie and truth, & that there was no other rocke but Iesus Christ to builde vppon, vnder whose banner he fought, and whose souldiour he was: and yet speakyng, he turned him selfe about towardes the East, and exhorted the people there likewise.

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Now it chaunced on a bancke to stand three Archpapistes, MarginaliaThree notorious Papistes in Trinitie Colledge.George Boyes, Henry Barley, and Gray, all three of Trinitie Colledge. This Boyes was one of the Proctors of the Vniuersitie that yeare. To whom Maister Gray spake, saying: heare ye not Maister Proctor, what blasphemie this felow vttereth? surely it is euill done to suffer him.

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At whose woordes, this Boyes MarginaliaBoyes Proctor of Cambridge. spake with a loude voyce: M. Maior, what meane ye? if ye suffer him thus to talke at libertie, I tell ye the Counsaile shall heare of it, and we take you not to be the Queenes frend. He is a pernitious person, and may doe more harme then ye wot of. Whereat simple Hullier as meeke as a Lambe, takyng the matter very patiently, made no aunswere, but made him ready, vtteryng his prayer. MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of Iohn Hullier.Whiche done, he went meekely him selfe to the stake, and with chaynes beyng bounde, was beset with reed and wood, standyng in a pitchbarrell, and the fire beyng set to, not markyng the wynde, it blew the flame to his backe. Then he feelyng it, began earnestly to call vpon God. Neuerthelesse his frendes perceiuyng the fire to be ill kindled, caused the Sergeauntes to turne it and fire it in that place where the winde might blow it to his face.

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MarginaliaBookes burned with Hullier.That done, there was a company of bookes whiche were cast into the fire, and by chaunce a Communion booke fell betwene his handes, who receauyng it ioyfully, opened it, and read so long as the force of the flame and smoke caused him that he could see no more: and then he fell agayne to Prayer holdyng his handes vp to heauen, and the booke betwixt his armes next his hart, thankyng God for sendyng him it: and at that tyme the day beyng a very fayre daye and a whote, yet the wynde was somewhat vppe, and it caused the fire to be the fiercer, and when all the people thought he had bene dead, he sodenly vttered these wordes: MarginaliaThe last wordes of Iohn Hullier at his death.Lord Iesu receaue my spirite, dying very meekely.

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The place where he was burned is called Iesus greene, not farre from Iesus Colledge. Seager gaue him certaine gunpouder, but litle to the purpose: for he was dead before it tooke fire. All the people prayed for him, and many a teare was shed for him. MarginaliaPapistes of Cambridge forbid the people to pray for Hullier.Which the Papistes seyng, cried, he was not to be prayed for, & being but a dāned man, it could profite him nothing: neuerthelesse they continued praying. Whereat the Papistes fell in such a rage that they manaced them with terrible threatnynges to warde. His flesh beyng consumed, his bones stode vpright euen as if they had bene aliue. Of the people some tooke as they could get of him, as peeces of bones. One had his hart, the whiche was distributed so farre as it would go: one tooke the scalpe and looked for the toung, but it was consumed except the very roote.

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One rounded him in the eare and desire him to be constaunt to the end, at whiche he spake nothyng but shewed a ioyfull countenaunce, and so continued both constaunt and ioyfull to the end.

¶ A note of Edmund Allin.

MarginaliaReferre this to the story of Edmund Allin, Martyr. Pag. 1870.IN the story of Edmund Allin before mētioned, pag. 1870 I shewed thee good Reader, that he beyng taken by Syr Iohn Baker, escaped out of prison: how I could not then tell. The truth therof now thou shalt heare, with other certane matter, not vnworthy in the sayd story to be noted.

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Edmund Allin when he was first taken by Sir Iohn Baker of Crambroke, and kept prisoner, both he and his wife in the sayd Syr Iohn Bakers house the one from the other, Syr Iohn Baker entreated the sayd Edmund Allin to come to Masse in his Chappell the next day.

After much ado he graunted, and then he sayd he should goe lye with his wife that night, and desired him to perswade her to come also, and he would deliuer them both out of prison. When he was come to his wife, he told her what he had promised, and she with teares sayd, hee shoulde go alone for her. Then he likewise lamentyng the same, sayd, he would go with her to death.

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The next day, Syr Iohn Baker came to haue him fulfill his promise to come to his Chappel. He sayd: I will not: do what you will with me. And he called out his wife, and sayd, thou old whore, thy husband would be a Christian but for thee. Then he beate her very sore with his staffe in his

hand, and sent thē both to prison the next day, sending with them a cruell letter that they shoulde be burned out of hand: and yet by Gods mighty power they were deliuered by this meane: their keeper beyng a Bell Ringer of Canterbury, who had Allin and his wife to an Inne, and there they dined, and the keeper with them. When they had dyned, the keeper went his way and left them in the Inne geuyng no man charge with them: and so they escaped that tyme.

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¶ A note of Thomas Rede. 
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Thomas Read

This anecdote first appeared in the 1570 edition. It was sent to Foxe by Roger Hall (see Thomas S. Freeman, 'Notes on a Source for John Foxe's Account of the Marian Persecution in Kent and Sussex' Historical Research 67 [1994], pp. 203-11.

MarginaliaReferre thys to Thomas Rede, Martyr, pag. 1807.THom. Rede who was burned at Lewes, as it appeareth aboue pag. 1807. before he was in prison, determined with him selfe to go to church. The night following, he sawe in a vision, a company of talle younge men in white, very pleasaunt to behold: to whom he would haue ioyned himself, but it would not be.

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Then he looked on him self and he was ful of spottes, & therewith waked & tooke hold and stode to the truth: god be thanked therfore, and so constantly was burned with his fellowes, as is aboue specified, pag. 2095.

¶ Simon Miller and Elizabeth Cooper burnt at Norwich. 
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Simon Miller and Cooper

This account first appeared in the 1563 edition and remained fundamentally unchanged in subsequent editions. It was based on the account of an individual informant, apparently Thomas Sutterton, the sheriff of Norwich, or someone sympathetic to him. Interestingly, although Foxe had a copy of the condemnation of Miller (BL, Harley MS 425, fos. 155r-156r), he didn't use it.

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MarginaliaIuly. 13.IN the moneth of Iulye next ensued the Martyrdome of Simon Miller, and Elizabeth Cooper. This Simō MarginaliaSimon Miller a Marchant, Martyr. dwellyng then in the towne of Linne, a Godly and zelous man in the knowledge of the Lorde and of his truth, detestyng and abhorryng the contrary enforced Religion thē set forth, came from Linne to Norwich, where he standing in the prease and hearyng of the people, comming out the same tyme from their popish seruice ended in the Churche, MarginaliaThe wordes of Simon Miller to the people.began to aske them comming out of the Churche, where hee might go to haue the communion. At which wordes diuers much marueyling to heare and see his boldnes, one that was an euill disposed Papist, hearyng the same, sayd: MarginaliaThe cause why Simon Miller was taken.if he would needes go to a communion, he would go bryng him thether where he should be sped of his purpose. Whereupon shortly after he was brought to the Chauncellour of Norwiche (whose name was Dunnyng): who after a few wordes & small talke passed with this examinate. Committed hym to warde.

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MarginaliaSimon Miller examined before Doct. Dunning.In the meane while as he was in examination, he had in his shoe his confession written in a certaine paper, wherof a peece appearyng aboue his shoe, MarginaliaSimon Millers confession espied in his shoe.was spyed and taken out. The Chauncellour askyng if he would stand to the cōfession of the same faith therein conteyned, he constantly affirmed the same. Wherupō as is sayd, he was committed. Thus the sayd Simon being in the Byshopes house vnder custody of the keeper there called M. Felow, how it happened it is not certayne, whether by gentilnes of the keeper (who was somewhat gentle that wayes) or by leaue geuē of the Byshop: or els whether he had condescended of a purpose to theyr articles, MarginaliaSimon Miller dismissed to his house at Linne.he was dismissed and went home to his house at Linne. Where he continued a certayne space, while he had disposed and set there all thyng in an order.

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MarginaliaSimon Miller returneth agayne to his confession, and is condemned.That done, he returned agayne to the Bishops house to his prison and keeper, till the tyme at length he constantly abydyng in his professed purpose, and defense of Gods truth, was by the said Byshop and his Chauncellour condemned and committed to þe fire about the xiij. day of Iuly.

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¶ Elizabeth Cooper, Martyr.

MarginaliaElizabeth Cooper, Martyr.WIth this Simon Miller also was burnt one Elizabeth Cooper (as is afore sayd) a pewterers wife, dwellyng in S. Andrewes parishe in Norwiche, where shee had before recanted, and beyng vnquiet for the same, and greatly troubled inwardly, at the last came into the sayd S. Andrewes Churche, the people beyng at their popish seruice, and there standyng in the same, MarginaliaElizabeth Cooper reuoketh her recantation in the open Church.sayd she reuoked her recantation before made in that place, and was hartely sory that euer she dyd it, willyng the people not to be deceiued, neyther to take her doynges before for an example, &c. These or suche like woordes shee spake in the church.

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Then cryed one Bakon 

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In the 1563 edition, Foxe records that Cooper was denounced by one 'Master Marsham' as well as Bacon. 'Marsham' was almost certainly Thomas Marsham, a catholic alderman of Norwich. This reference to Marsham was dropped in the 1570 edition, probably because of pressure from Marsham or his family or friends.

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of the sayd parishe, laying hys armes abroade, saying: Maister Sheriffe, will you suffer this? and repetyng þe same, vrged hym to go frō the church to her house, at whose knockyng she came downe, and was taken and sent to prison.

This Sheriffe (named M. Thomas Sutterton) & she had ben seruantes together before in one house, MarginaliaThe Shrieffe agaynst his will enforced to lay handes vpon Elizabeth Cooper.and for the frendship he bare vnto her, and the more for the gospels sake he was very loth to do it, but that he was enforced by those other persons (before specified) much agaynst his own conscience, which he now earnestly repenteth. 

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In the 1563 edition this phrase reads 'which I am suer he now greatly repententh'. These different phrases not only suggest that Foxe's informant was in touch with the martyrologist after this account was first printed in the 1563 edition, but that he was concerned with presenting Sutterton in a favourable light.

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