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. Martirdom of Marg. Thurstō. Agn. Bongeor, & Iohn Kurde.

MarginaliaAnno. 1557. September.more neare you then Abrahams obedience did, & therfore before God assuredly, is no lesse accepted & alowed in his holy presence: which further the preparing of your shroude also doth argue full well &c. After which talke betwene them, MarginaliaAgnes Bōgeor receiueth comforte.she began a litle to stay her selfe, and gaue her whole exercise to reading and prayer, wherein she found no litle comfort.

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In the time that these foresayd ij. good women were prisoners, one in þe Castle, and the other in Mote hall: God by a secret meane called þe sayd Margaret Thurston vnto his truth agayne, who hauing her eyes opened by the working of his spirite, did greatly sorrow and lament her backsliding before, and promised faithfully to the Lord, in hope of his mercies, neuer more while she liued to do the like againe, but that she would constantly stand to the confession of the same, agaynst all the aduersaries of the crosse of Christ. After which promise made, MarginaliaA writte for the burnyng of Margaret Thurston, and Agnes Bōgeor.came in short time a writ from London for the burning of them, which according to the effect thereof, was executed the xvij. day of September, in the yeare aforesayd.

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Margaret Thurston.
Agnes Bongeor.

Now whē these foresayd good womē were brought to the place in Colchester where they should suffer, the xvij. day of September in the yeare aforesayd, they fell downe both vpon their knees, and made their humble prayers vnto the Lord: which thing being done, they rose and went to the stake ioyfully, and were immediatly therto chayned, and after the fire had compassed

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MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of Margaret Thurstō, Agnes Bōgeor, at Colchester. Anno. 1557. September. 17.¶ The burnyng of two godly women at Colchester.
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A repeat of the cut used for two women burned at Ipswich the previous year.

them about, they with great ioy and glorious triumph, gaue vp theyr soules, spirites, and liues into the hands of the Lord: vnder whose gouernement and protectiō, for Christes sake we besech him, to graunt vs his holy defence and helpe for euer more, Amen.

Thus (gētle Reader) God choseth the weake things of the world, to confound mighty thinges.

¶ Iohn Kurde, Martyr. 
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John Kurde

This account, based entirely on information sent to Foxe by individual informants, came to light while the 1563 edition was being printed. Foxe realized that it referred to an unnamed shoemaker whose death had already been recounted in the Acts and Monuments and inserted cross-references to the earlier narrative. But he never integrated the two accounts into one narrative. After the first edition, no changes were made to the narrative of this martyr.

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MarginaliaSeptember. 20IN the story before, in þe pag. thus marked 860. some thing was touched of a certaine Shomaker, MarginaliaIohn Kurde, Martyr. suffering at Northampton, being vnnamed, whom because we vnderstād by a letter sent from the sayd parties, that he suffered in this yere. 1557. and in the moneth of September, therefore we though there to place hym. His name was Iohn Kurde a Shomaker, late of the Parish of Syrsam, in

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Northampton shiere, who was imprisoned in Northampton castel, for denying the Popish transubstantiation, MarginaliaWilliam Bynsley Chauncellour to the Bishop of Peterborough, and now Archdeacon of Northāpton, condemned Ihō Kurd.for the which cause William Bynsley Bacheler of law, and Chauncellour vnto the Byshop of Peterborow, and now Archdeacon of Northamptō, did pronounce sentence of death agaynst the sayd Kurde, in the Churche of all Saintes in Northampton in August. an. 1557. And in September followyng, at the commaundement of Syr Thomas Tresham, Shrieffe thē of the shiere, he was led by his officers without the Northgate of Northeampton, & in the stonepittes was

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MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of Iohn Kurde at Northampton. Anno. 1557. September. 20.Iohn Kurde Martyr, burned at Northampton.
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The fourth appearance of this cut in Books 11 and 12 in 1583.

burned. A Popish Priest stādyng by, whose name was MarginaliaIohn Rote a Popishe priest.Iohn Rote, Vicare of S. Giles in Northampton, did declare vnto him, that if he would recant, he was authorised to geue him his pardon. MarginaliaPopishe pardon refused.His aunswere was that he had his pardon by Iesus Christ. &c.

¶ The true certificate of the taking of one Ihon Noyes of Laxfield in the Countie of Suffolke Shomaker, which was taken the ix. day of Aprill, in the yeare of our Lord God. 1557. as hereafter followeth. 
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John Noyes

This account first appeared in the 1570 edition and is based on Noyes's writings and on the testimony of individual informants. But John Noyes is very probably the 'Moyse' whose escape from capture is described in 1563, p. 1698. (This is supported by the fact that the sentence condemning John Moyse of Lichfield, Suffolk, survives among Foxe's papers as BL, Harley MS 421, fos. 159r-160r).

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MarginaliaSeptember. 22.IN the moneth of September this present yeare, or (as some reporte in the yeare past, suffered the blessed Martyr Ioh. Noyes, whose story here foloweth.

MarginaliaPersecution by the Constables, Sheriffes, and Iustices of Suffolke.First M. Thomas Louell beyng then chief Constable of Hoxton Hundred, in the Countie aforesayd, and one Iohn Iacob, and William Stannard then being vnder Constables of the aforesayd towne of Laxfield, and Wolfren Dowsing, and Nicholas Stannard of the same towne, beyng then accompted faithfull and Catholicke Christians, though vndoutedly they approued most cruel hinderers of the true professours of Christ and his Gospell, with others, were commaunded to be that present day before the Iustices, whose names were M. Thurston, Syr Iohn Tyrrell, & M. Kene, and Syr Iohn Syllyerd beyng hye Shriffe.

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MarginaliaCharge giuen by the Inquisitours.These sittyng at Hoxtō in the Countie of Suffolke aforesayd, and there the sayd townesmen aforesayd hauing commaundement of the sayd Iustices, to inquire in their towne if there were any that would neglect to come to their seruice and Masse, further to examine the cause why they would not come, and thereupon to bryng the true certificate to the sayd Iustices within xiiii. dayes then next ensuyng: they then cōmyng homeward, beyng full of hatred agaynst the truth, and desi-

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