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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Quene Mary. Iohn Hallingdale, VVilliam Sparrow, Richard Gibson, Martyrs.

MarginaliaAnno. 1557. Nouember.Yes sayth he: that I can.

Then sayd I: if you can proue me by the word of God, that you should haue any grauen MarginaliaImages.Images made to set in your churches for lay mens bookes, or to worship God by them, or that ye should haue any ceremonies in your churche as you haue, proue them by the word of God, and I will doe them.

Then sayd he: it is a good and decent order to furnish the church: as when you shall goe to dinner, you haue a cloth vpon the table to furnish the table before the meate shall come vpon it: so are these ceremonies a comely decent order to be in the church among Christen people.

These sayd I, are inuentions and imaginations out of your owne brayne, without any word of God to proue them. For God sayth: looke what you thinke good in your owne eyes, if I commaund the contrary, it is abominable in my sight. And these Ceremonies are against Gods lawes: for Saint Paul saith they be weake and beggarly, and rebuketh the Galathians for doing of them.

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Well, sayd he: if you will not doe them, seing they be the lawes of the realme, you are an hereticke and disobedient: and therefore come home agayne and confesse your fault with vs, that you haue beene in errour &c. Will you doe so?

And I sayd no, I haue bene in no error: for the spirituall lawes were neuer truelyer set forth then in my maister K. Edwardes time, and I trust vnto God I shall neuer forsake them whiles I liue.

Then came a Gentleman to me and sayd: are ye wiser then all men? and haue ye more knowledge then all men? will you cast away your soule willingly? my Lord and other men also would fayne you would saue your selfe: therefore choose some man where you will, eyther spirituall or temporall, and take a day: my Lord will geue it you.

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Then said I: if I saue my life I shall loose it, and if I loose my life for Christes sake, I shall finde it in life euerlasting. And if I take a day, when the day commeth, I must say thē euen as I doe now, except I will lye, and therefore that needeth not.

Well, then haue him away, sayd the Byshop.

This aboue named Thomas Spurdance, was one of Quene Maryes seruauntes, MarginaliaTho. Spurdance by whom he was apprehended.and was taken by two of his fellowes, the sayd Queenes seruauntes, named Iohn Haman otherwise called Barker, and George Looson, 

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His name is given as George Lawson in 1563, pp. 1677-78. ElizabethLawson, wife of William Lawson, also of Coddenham, was sentenced along with Spurdance (BL, Harley MS 421, fos. 177r-178v). On Elizabeth Lawson see 1563, p. 1677; 1570, pp. 2274-75; 1576, pp. 1953-54 and 1583, pp. 2270-71.

both dwelling in Codnam in the Countie of Suffolke, who caried hym to one maister Gosnall, dwelling in the sayd Codnam, and by him he was sent to Bury where he remayned in prison.

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¶ The storie and Martyrdome of three constant witnesses of Christ. 
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Hallingdale, Sparrow and Gibson

The entire account of these three martyrs was first printed in the 1563 edition. In the 1570 edition Foxe pruned this account back, apparently to save paper rather than from religious or political motives. It was reprinted without change in subsequent editions.

MarginaliaNouemb. 18. MarginaliaThe story and martyrdome of Iohn Hallingdale, William Sparrow, Richard Gibson.NOt long after the Martyrdome of the twoo good womē at Colchester, aboue named, were three faithful witnesses of the Lordes Testament tormented, and put to death in Smithfield at London, the xviij. day of Nouember, in the yeare aforesayd, whose names hereafter folow.

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Iohn Hallyngdale.
William Sparow.
Richard Gybson.

Which three were produced before Boner Byshop of London, the v. day of Nouember. 1557. and had by hym and his Officers certaine Articles ministred, the summe wherof hereafter followeth.

Articles ministred by Boner vnto Ihon Hallyngdale.

MarginaliaArticles against Iohn Hallingdale. Marginalia1.FIrst, that the saied Iohn Hallyngdale is of the Dioces of London, and so subiect to the iurisdiction of the Bishop of London.

Marginalia2.Secōdly, that the said Iohn, before the tyme of the reigne of kyng Edward the sixte late kyng of Englande, was of the same faithe and Religion that was then obserued, beleued, taught, and sette forthe here in this Realme of Englande.

Marginalia3.Thirdly, that duryng the reigne of the saied kyng Edward the sixt, the said Ihon Hallingdale, vpon occasion of the preachyng of certaine ministers in that tyme, did not abide in his former faithe & Religion, but did depart from it, and so did & doeth continue til this present day,

and so determineth to do (as he saieth) till his liues ende.

Marginalia4.Fowerthly, that the saied Iohn Hallyngdale, hath thought, beleued, & spoken diuerse tymes, that the faithe Religion, and Ecclesiasticall seruice, receiued, obserued and vsed now in this Realme of Englande, is not good & laudable, but against Gods cōmaundement and worde, especially concernyng the Masse, and the seuen Sacramētes: and that he the saied Iohn, will not in any wise conforme him self to the same, but speake and thinke against it, duryng his naturall life.

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Marginalia5.Fiftly, that the said 

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Foxe edited non-essential details from this article in the 1570 edition.

Iohn absenteth hym self cōtinually from his owne Parishe church of S. Leonardes, neither hearing Mattins, Masse, nor Euensong, nor yet confessyng his synnes to the Prieste, or receiuyng the Sacramente of the Altar at his handes, or in vsyng other Ceremonies as they are nowe vsed in this Churche and Realme of Englande: and as he remembreth, he neuer came but once in the saied Parishe Churche of sainct Leonard, & careth not (as he saith) if he neuer come there any more, the seruice being as it is there, and so many abuses being there, as he sayth there are, especially the Masse, the Sacramentes, and the ceremonies and seruice set forth in Latin.

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Marginalia6.Sixtly, that the sayd Iohn, when his wife, called Alyce, was brought in bed of a mā child, caused the sayd child to bee christened in English, after the same maner and forme in all points, as it was vsed in the time of the reigne of Kyng Edward the vj. aforesayd, and caused it to be called Iosue, & would not haue the said child christened in Latin after the forme and maner as it is now vsed in the Church and Realme of England, nor will haue it by his will (as he sayth) to be confirmed by the Byshop.

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MarginaliaHis aunsweres to the Articles.Vnto all the which Articles the said Iohn Hallingdale made aunswere, confessing them all, and euery part of them to be true, and saying that he would not reuoke his sayd answeres, but stand vnto them accordyng as it was in euery Article aboue written.

Furthermore, the sayd Iohn Hallingdale, being demaūded by the sayd Boner, whether he did firmely beleue that in the Sacrament commonly called the sacramēt of the altar, there is really and truly the very body and bloud of our Sauiour Christ, or no: MarginaliaThe Reall presence denied.made aunswere that he neither in the tyme of the sayd King Edward vi. nor at that present did beleue, that in the said Sacrament there is really the very body and bloud of Christ. For he sayd, that if he had so beleued, he would (as other had done) haue receiued the same, which he did not because he had and thē did beleue that the very body of Christ is onely in heauen, and no where els. And furthermore the sayd Iohn Hallingdale sayd that Cranmer, Latimer, Ridley, Hooper, and generally all that of late haue bene burned for heretickes, were no heretickes at al, because they did preach truly the Gospell: vpon whose preachyng, he grounded his faith and conscience, as he sayd, accordyng to the saying of S. Iohn in the xviij. Chap. of his Reuelation, where he saith, that the bloud of the Prophetes & of the Saintes, and of all that were slayne vpon earth, was found in the Babilonicall church, by the which, he said, is vnderstand the church where the Pope is the head.

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After which examination, the sayd Iohn was sent vnto prison agayne. MarginaliaIohn Halingdale againe brought before the bishop.And the next day, being the vi. day of the sayd moneth, he was called before the Bishop agayne, who perswading him with some wrested sentences of the Scripture, the said Ioh. Hallingdale answered: Because I wil not (saith he) come to your Babilonicall church, therfore (speaking vnto Boner) you go about to cōdemne me. And being of Boner further demaunded, whether he would perseuer & stand in his opinions or no, he made answere that he would continue and persist in them vnto þe death. MarginaliaSentence red against Iohn Hallingdale by Bishop Boner.Then Boner red the bloudy sentence of condēnation. At which time the said Iohn affirmed openly that (thanking God) he neuer came into the church since the abomination came into it: and so he was sent to prison againe.

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Vpon the same vi. day also, in the forenoone, was produced before the Byshop, the forenamed William Sparrow, and had layed vnto him certayne articles, which hereafter followeth.

¶ Articles ministred by Boner vnto William Sparrow.

MarginaliaArticles against William Sparrow.FIrst, that thou William Sparrow wast in times past detected and presented lawfully vnto thy Ordinarye the Byshop of London, called Edmund, who also is nowe thine Ordinarie of the sayd dioces: and thou wast pre-

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