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. Cutbert Simson, Hugh Foxe, Iohn Deuenishe, VVilliam Nicol, Martyrs.

MarginaliaAnno. 1558. March. Aprill.and Iohn Deuenishe, addyng thereto, saied that the Sacramente of the altar, as it is now vsed, is no Sacramente at all.

Marginalia8.To the eight Article, they all confessed, and beleued all thynges aboue by them acknowledged and declared, to bee true, and that they bee of the Dioces of London, and iurisdiction of the same.

These three aboue named persones, and blessed witnesses of Iesus Christ, Cutbert, Foxe, and Deuenishe as they were altogether apprehended at Islyngton, as is aboue declared, so the same all three together suffe-

MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of Curtbert Simson, Hugh Foxe, Iohn Deuenish in Smithfield. An. 1558. March. 28.¶ Three godlie Martyrs burned in Smithfield.
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As the amount of illustration thickens through the concluding pages of the Book of Martyrs, new small cuts were still appearing alongside the repeating images. This example (Type 1) appears next a recycled print of the same family of cuts, though it seems rather a peculiar new arrival at this stage, since there were already two small blocks showing two men in the flames, and what was needed here was one showing three (which the producers did not have). Does this suggest some kind of bulk commissioning, as well as the cutting of designs specifically tailored to the text?

red in Smithfield about the. xxviij. daie of Marche, in whose perfect constancie the same lorde (in whose cause and quarrell they suffered) giuer of all grace, and gouernour of all thynges, be exalted for euer. Amen.

¶ The suffering & martirdome of VVilliam Nicole, put to death by the wicked handes of the Papistes at Herefordwest in Wales. 
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William Nichol

The entire account of William Nichol first appeared in the 1563 edition; an informant must have supplied Foxe with the sparse details he had on Nichols.

MarginaliaAprill. 9.
William Nicoll, Martyr.
WE finde in all ages from the beginnyng that Sathan hath not ceassed at all tymes, to molest the church of Christ with one afflictiō or other, to the triall of their faithe, but yet neuer so apparauntely at any tyme to all the worlde, as when the lorde hath permitted him power ouer the bodies of his sainctes, to the shedyng of their bloud, and peruerting of Religion: for then slepeth he not, I warrant you, frō murderyng of the same, vnles they will fall doune with Achab and Iesabell to worship hym, and so kill and poyson their owne soules eternally: as in these miserable latter daies of Queene Mary we haue felt heard and seene practised vpon Gods people. Among whom we finde recorded an honest good simple pore man, one William Nicol, who was apprehended by the Champions of the Pope, for speakyng certaine woordes against the cruell kingdome of Antichrist, and the ninth day of Aprill. 1558. was butcherly burnt and tormented at Herefordwest in Wales, where hee ended his life in a most happy and blessed state, and gloriously gaue his soule into the handes of the Lorde, whose goodnes bee praised for euer and euer, Amen.

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MarginaliaWil. Nicoll a simple soule.This William Nicoll (as we are informed) was so simple a good soule, that many estemed him halfe foolish. But what he was we know not, but this are wee sure he died a good man, & in a good cause, whatsoeuer they iudge of hym. And the more simplicitie or feblenes of wit appeared in him, the more beastly and wretched

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MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of William Nicoll at Herefordwest in Wales. An. 1558. Aprill. 9.The burnyn of W. Nicole at Herefordwest in Wales.
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Another repeat of the cut that had illustrated Thomas Tomkyns.

doth it declare their cruell and tirannicall act therein. The Lord geue them repentaunce therfore, if it be hys blessed will, Amen, Amen.

The Martyrdome of VVilliam Seaman, Thomas Carman, and Thomas Hudson, put to death by the persecuting papistes at Norwich in the county of Norfolke. 
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Seaman, Carman and Hudson

This account first appeared in the 1563 edition and was essentially unchanged in subsequent editions. It is based on detailed information supplied by a local informant or informants.

MarginaliaMay. 19. MarginaliaThe story and Martyrdom of W. Seaman, Tho. Carman, and Thomas Hudson.IMmediatly after William Nicole, succeded in that honorable and glorious vocation of Martyrdome three constant godly men at Norwich in Norfolk, who were cruelly and tyrānically put to death for the true testimonie of Iesus Christ, the 19. of May an. 1558. Whose names be these.

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William Seaman.
Thomas Carman. 

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Foxe gives Carman's first name as Thomas, but his papers contain the sentence condemning William Carman to death (BL, Harley MS 421, fos. 157r-158r) and there is a copy of a writ sent to the lord chancellor stating that William Carman had been excommunicated (PRO C/185/141/27).


Thomas Hudson.

MarginaliaWilliam Seaman.The sayd William Seaman was an husbandman, of the age of xxvi. yeares, dwellyng in Mendlesham in the county of Suffolke, who was sought for sundry tymes by the commaundement of MarginaliaSir Iohn Tirrell Knight.Syr Iohn Tirrell knight, and at last he himselfe in the night searched his house and other places for hym: notwithstandyng, hee somwhat mist of his purpose, God be thanked. Then he gaue charge to his seruauntes, MarginaliaRobert Bauldyng, MarginaliaIames Clarke, persecutors.Robert Bauldyng, and Iames Clarke with others, to seke for hym. Who hauyng no officer, went in the euening to his house, where he beeyng at home, they tooke hym and caried hym to their Master Sir Iohn Tirrell. This Bauldyng beyng Seamans nigh neighbour, and whom the sayd Seaman greatly trusted as a speciall frend, notwithstādyng to do his Master a pleasure, now became enemy to his chief frend, was one of the busiest in the takyng of hym. Nowe as they were goyng to cary hym to their Master Sy Iohn Tyrrell in the night, MarginaliaA light out of the element.it is credibly reported that there fell a light betweene them out of the element and parted them. This Bauldyng beyng in company with the reste when the light fell, and albeit he was then in his beste age, yet after that time neuer enioyed good day, MarginaliaGods punishment vpon a persecutor.but pined away euen vnto the death.

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Well, for all that straunge sight (as I said) they caried him to their Master. Who when he came, asked hym why he would not go to masse, and receaue the sacrament, and so to worship it? Vnto which William

Seaman
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