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. Diuers saued by Gods prouidence from burning in Q. Maries time.

MarginaliaAnno. 1558.ning againe vnto my companie, bad them rise, and told them what the old man had sayd vnto me.

By and by, we taking Grinæus in the midst of vs, caryed him through the streete to the Riuer of Rhene, whereas after we had stayed vpon the hether banke a while, vntill Grinæus with hys companion were caried ouer in a smale boate, returning agayne to our lodging, MarginaliaGrinæus accused, and pursued.we vnderstoode that þe Sergeantes had ben there, when we were but a litle way gone out of the house. Nowe in what great daunger Grinæus shoulde haue bene, if he had bene caryed vnto prison, by this crueltie of Faber euery man easely maie coniecture. Wherefore we iudged that that most cruell entent and purpose of hym, was disapointed by Gods mercifull prouidence. MarginaliaGrinæus warned to flye, escapeth.And as I can not say, what olde man it was that gaue me that warning, euen so likewise þe Sergeantes made such quicke speede, that except Grinæus had bene couered and defended by Aungels through the marueilous prouidence of God, MarginaliaGods mercyfull prouidence in defeating the cruell purpose of persecutors.he could neuer haue escaped.

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Concerning the truth of this matter, there by many good men yet aliue, which both know the same, and also were present at the doyng thereof. Therefore let vs giue thankes vnto God, which hath geuen vs his Aungels to be our keepers and defenders, whereby with more quiet mindes, we maie fulfill and doe the office of our vocation.

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With such like examples of Gods mighty and mercyfull custody, the Church of Christ in all ages doth abound, as by manifold experiences maie appeare as well among the Germanes, as also in all other places & ages, but in no place more, nor in tyme more plentyfull, then in thys persecutyng tyme of Queene Marie in thys our Realme of England: as partly hath beene already historyed, and part yet remaineth (the Lord willyng) moreouer hereunto to be added.

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¶ Lady Katherine, Duchesse of Suffolke. 
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The flight of the dowager duchess of Suffolk into exile was mentioned in the 1563 edition, although it confusingly described her as 'Lady Francis', who was Katherine Brandon's stepdaughter (p. 1680).

MarginaliaThe old hatred of Steuē Gardiner Byshop of Winchester, against the Duchesse of Suffolke.STephen Gardiner Bishop of Winchester, surmising þe Lady Katherine Barronesse of Willoughby and Cresby and Duchesse Dowager of Suffolke, to be one of his auncient enemies, because he knew he had deserued no better of her, deuised in the holy time of the first Lēt in Quene Maries reigne, a holy practise of reuenge, first by touchyng her in the person of her husband M. Richard Bertie Esquier, for whom he sent an attachment (hauyng the great Seale at his deuocion) to the Sheriffe of Lyncolnshyre with a speciall letter, cōmaunding most straitly the same Shriffe, MarginaliaM. Rich. Bertie husband to the Duchesse, attached by the Bishop of Winchester.to attach þe said Richard immediatly, and without baile to bring him vp to Lōdon to his great Lordship. M. Bertie her husbād beyng cleare in conscience, and from offence toward the Queene, could not coniecture any cause of this straunge processe, vnlesse it were some quarel for Religiō, which he thought could not be so sore as the processe pretended.

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The Shriffe notwithstandyng the cōmaundement, aduentured onely to take the bonde of M. Bertie with ij. suerties, in a thousand pound for his appearaūce to be made before the Bishop on good Friday folowyng, at which day M. Bertie appeared, MarginaliaM. Bertie appeareth before B. Gardiner. the Byshop then lying at his house by S. Mary Oueryes. Of whose presence when the Byshop vnderstode by the Gentleman of his chamber, in a great rage he came out of his gallerie into hys dinyng chamber, where he found a prease of suters, saying he would not that day heare any, but came forth onely to know of M. Bertie, how hee being a subiect durst so arrogantly set at light twoo former processes of the Queenes.

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MarginaliaTalke betwene B. Gardiner & M. Bertie.M. Bertie answered, that albeit my Lordes wordes might seme to the rest somewhat sharpe towardes him, yet he conceiued great comfort of them. For where as he before thought it extremitie to be attached, hauyng vsed no obstinacie or contumacie, now he gathered of those wordes, that my Lord ment not otherwise but to haue vsed some ordinary processe: albeit in deede none came to his handes.

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Yea Mary, quod the Byshop, I haue sent you twoo subpenas, to appeare immediatly, and I am sure you receiued them, for I committed the trust of them to no worse mā but to Master Solicitour, and I shal make you an example to all Lyncolnshyre for your obstinacy.

M. Bertie denying the receipt of any, humbly prayed his Lordship to suspēd his displeasure and the punishmēt till he had good triall therof, and thē, if it pleased him, to double the paine for the fault, if any were.

Well, quod the Byshop, MarginaliaThe deuotion of Bishop Gardiner to good Friday.I haue appointed my selfe this day (accordyng to the holines of the same) for deuotiō, and I will not further trouble me with you: but I enioyne you in a M. libra not to depart without leaue, and to bee here agayne to morow at vij. of the clocke. M. Bertie well obserued the houre, and no iot fayled: At which time the B. had with him M. Sariant Stāpford, to whom hee moued certaine questions of the said M. Bertie, because M. Sariant was towardes the Lord Wriothesley late Earle of Southamptō, and Chaūcellor of England, with whom the sayd M. Bertie was brought vp. M. Seriant made very frendly report of M. Bertie of his owne knowledge for the time of their conuersation together. Wherupō the Bishop caused M. Bertie to be brought in, and first makyng a false trayne (as God would, without fire) before he would descend to the quarell of Religion, he assaulted him in this maner.

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Winch. MarginaliaM. Bertie attached for debt of 4000. poundes due to the Queene.The Queenes pleasure is (quod the Byshop) that you shall make present payment of iiij. M. libra; due to her father by Duke Charles, late huseband to the Duchesse your wife, whose executor she was.

Bert. Pleaseth your Lordship (quod M. Bertie) that debt is estalled, and is accordyng to that estallement, truly aunswered.

Winch. Tush (quod the Byshop) the Queene will not be bound to estallementes, in the tyme of Kettes MarginaliaKette Captaine of the rebells in Northfolke in K. Edwards time. gouernement, for so I esteme the late gouernment.

Bert. The estallement (quod M. Bertie) was appointed by kyng Henry the viij. besides the same, was by special Commissioners confirmed in kyng Edwardes tyme, and the Lord treasurer beyng an executor also to the Duke Charles soly and wholly, tooke vpō him before the sayd Commissioners, to discharge the same.

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Winch. If it be true that you say (quod the Byshop) I will shew you fauour. But of an other thing M. Bertie, I will admonish you, as meaning you wel. I heare euill of your Religion: yet I hardly can thinke euill of you, whose mother I know to be as godly and Catholicke as any within this lād, your self brought vp with a master, whose educatiō if I should disalow, I might be charged as author of his errour. Besides, partly I know you my selfe, and vnderstand of my frendes, enough to make me your frend: wherefore I will not doubt of you, but I pray you if I may aske the questiō of my Lady your wife, is she now as ready to set vp the Masse, as she was lately to pull it downe, when she caused in her progresse, MarginaliaA Dogge clothed in a Rochet vnder the name of B. Gardiner.a dogge in a Rochet to be caried, & called by my name? or doth she thinke her lambes now safe inough, which sayd to me when I vayled my bōnet to her out of my chāber wyndow in the Tower, MarginaliaIt is mery with Lambes, when Wolues be tyed vp.that it was mery with the Lambes, now the Wolfe was shut vp? An other tyme my Lord her houseband hauing inuited me and diuers Ladies to dinner, desired euery Lady to choose him whom she loued best, and so place them selues: My Lady your wife takyng me by the hand, for that my Lord would not haue her to take him self, sayd that for so much as she could not sit down with my Lord whom she loued best, she had chosen me whom she loued worst.

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Of the deuise of the dogge, quod M. Bertie, she was neither the author nor the allower. The wordes, though in that season they sounded bitter to your Lordship, yet if it should please you without offēce to know þe cause, I am sure þe one will purge the other. As touchyng setting vp of Masse, which she learned not only by strōge persuasions of diuers excellent learned mē, but by vniuersall consent and order whole vi. yeres past, inwardly to abhorre: if she should outwardly alow, she should both to Christ shew her selfe a false Christian, and to her prince a masquing subiect. MarginaliaPurgation of the Lady Duchesse for not comming to Masse.You know my Lord, one by iudgement reformed, is more worth then a M. trāsformed temporizers. To force a confession of Religiō by mouth, contrary to that in the hart, worketh damnation where saluation is pretended.

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Yea mary (quod the Bishop) that deliberation would do well if she neuer required to come from an old Religion to a new. But now she is to returne from a new to an auncient Religion: Wherein when she made me her Gossyp, she was as earnest as any.

For that, my Lorde (sayd M. Bertie) not long sithen, she answered a frend of hers vsing your Lordshyps speach, MarginaliaReligion goeth not by age, but by truth.that Religion went not by age but by truth: and therfore she was to be turned by persuasion and not by commaundement.

I pray you (quod the Byshop) thinke you it possible

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