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. God prouidence in preseruing Lady Elizabeth in Q. Maries tyme.

Marginalia1558.that if her murderyng were secretly cōmitted to his charge, he would see the execution therof.

MarginaliaLady Elizabeth in doubt of Syr Henry Benifield.She was aunswered, that they were ignoraunt what maner of man he was. Howbeit they perswaded her that God would not suffer such wickednesse to proceede. Well, quoth she: God graut it be so. For thou, O God, canst mollifie all such tyrannous hartes, and disappoint all such cruell purposes: & I beseech thee to heare me thy creature, whiche am thy seruaunt and at thy commaundement, trustyng by thy grace euer so to remaine.

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About which tyme it was spread abrode, that her grace should be caried from thence by this new iolly Captaine and his souldiours: but whether, it could not be learned. Which was vnto her a great grief, especially for that such a company was appointed to her garde, requestyng rather to continue there still, then to be lead thence with such a sort of rascals. At last, playne aunswere was made by the Lord Shādoyes, that there was no remedy, but from thence she must needes depart to the manour of Woodstocke, as he thought. Beyng demaunded of her, for what cause: for that (quoth he) the Tower is like further to be furnished. She beyng desirous to know what he ment thereby, demaunded, wherwith. He aunswered, with such matter as the Queene and Counsaile were determined in that behalfe, wherof he had no knowledge: and so departed.

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In conclusion, on Trinitie Sonday beyng the xix. day of May, she was remoued from the Tower, the Lord Treasurer beyng then there for the ladyng of her Cartes, & dischargyng the place of þe same. Where Syr Henry Benifield (being appointed her Gayler) did receiue her with a cōpany of rakehels to garde her, besides the Lord of Darbyes band, waftyng in the Countrey about for the Mooneshyne in the water. Vnto whō at length came my Lord of Tame, ioyned in Commissiō with the sayd Syr Henry, for the safe guidyng of her to prison: MarginaliaLady Elizabeth remoued from the Tower to Woodstocke.and they together conueyed her grace to Woodstocke, as hereafter followeth.

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The first day they conducted her to Richmond, where she continued all night, MarginaliaLady. Elizabeth secluded from her seruauntes.beyng restrayned of her owne men, whiche were lodged in out Chambers, and Syr Henry Benifieldes souldiours appointed in their rowmes to geue attendaunce on her person. MarginaliaLady Elizabeth in dispayre of her life.Whereat she beyng maruelously dismayed, thinkyng verely some secret mischief to be aworkyng towardes her, called her Gentleman Vsher, and desired him, with the rest of his company, to pray for her. For this night (quoth she) I thinke to dye. Wherewith he beyng striken to the hart, sayd: God forbid that any such wickednes should be pretended agaynst your grace. So comfortyng her as well as he could, at last he brust out into teares, and went frō her downe into the Court, where were walkyng the Lord of Tame and Syr Henry Benifield.

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Then he comming to the Lord of Tame (who had profered to him much frendshyp) desired to speake with him a word or two. Vnto whom he familiarly said, he should with all his hart. Which when Syr Henry, standyng by, heard, he asked what the matter was. To whom the Gentleman Vsher aunswered: no great matter Syr (sayd he) but to speake with my Lord a word or two.

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MarginaliaLady Elizabethes Vsher talketh with the Lord of Tame.Then, when the Lord of Tame came to him, he spake on this wise: My Lord (quoth he) you haue bene alwayes my good Lord, and so I beseech you to remaine. The cause why I come to you at this tyme, is to desire your honour, vnfaynedly to declare vnto me whether any daunger is mēt towardes my mistres this night, or no, that I and my poore felowes may take such part as shall please God to appoint: for certainely we will rather dye, then she should secretely and innocently miscary. Mary (sayd the Lord of Tame) MarginaliaThe gentle hart of the Lord of Tame to Lady Elizabeth.God forbid that any such wicked purpose shuld be wrought: and rather then it should be so, I with my men are ready to dye at her foote also: and so (praysed be God) they passed that dolefull night, with no litle heauynes of hart.

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Afterwardes passing ouer the water at Richmond, goyng towardes Wyndsore, her grace espyed certaine of her poore seruauntes standyng on the otherside, whiche were very desirous to see her. Whom when she beheld, turnyng to one of her men standyng by, she sayd: yonder I see certaine of my men: go to them and say these wordes from me: MarginaliaTanquam ouis. i. Like a sheep to the slaughter. 

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The Lady Elisabeth, quoting
Foxe text Latin

Tanquam ouis

Foxe text translation

Like a sheep [to the slaughter]

Tanquam ouis. 
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The Lady Elisabeth, quoting
Foxe text Latin

Tanquam ouis

Foxe text translation

Like a sheep [to the slaughter]

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So she passyng forward to Windsore, was lodged there that night in the Deane of Windsores house, a place more meete in deede for a Priest, then a Princesse.

And from thence her grace was garded and brought the next night to Maister Dormers house, MarginaliaLady Elizabeth honorably receaued and beloued of the people.where much people standyng by the way, some presented to her one gift, and some an other, so that Syr Henry was greatly moued therwith, and troubled the poore people very sore, for shewyng their louyng hartes in such a maner, callyng them rebels & traytors, with such like vyle wordes.

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Besides, as she passed through the villages, the townes-

men rang the Bels, as beyng ioyfull of her commyng, thinkyng verely it had bene otherwise then it was in deede, as the sequele proued after to the sayd poore men. For immediately the sayd Syr Henry hearyng the same, sent his souldiours thether, who apprehended sonne of the ringers, settyng them in the stockes, and otherwise vncurteously misusing other some for their good willes.

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On the morrow her grace passing from Maister Dormers (where was for the tyme of her abode there a strait watch kept) came to the Lord of Tames house, where she lay all the night, MarginaliaThe gentle entertaynement of Lady Elizabeth at the Lord of Tames house.beyng very princely entertayned, both of Knightes and Ladyes, Gentlemen and Gentlewomen. MarginaliaM. Benifield grudgng at the gentle entertainment of Lady Elizabeth.Whereat Syr Henry Benifield grunted, and was highly offended, saying vnto them, that they could not tell what they did, and were not able to aunswere to their doynges in that behalfe, lettyng them to vnderstand that she was the Queenes Maiesties prisoner, and no otherwise: MarginaliaThe rude and vngentle manly behauiour of Syr Henry Benifield. aduising them therfore to take heede and beware of after clappes. Whereunto the Lord of Tame aūswered in this wise: that he was well aduised of his doyngs, beyng ioyned in Commission as well as he, addyng with warrant, that her grace might and should in his house be mery.

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The next day, 

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This anecedote appears as a note in Foxe's handwriting in Foxe's papers: BL, Harley MS 419, fo. 137r.

as she should take her iourney from Richmond toward Woodstocke, the Lord of Tame, with an other Gentleman beyng at Tables, playing, and droppyng vye crownes, the Lady Elizabeth passing by, stayed & sayd, she would see the game played out, which sir Henry Benifield would scarse permit. The game so runnyng long about and they playing drop vey crownes, come on, sayth he, I wil tary, sayth she, and will see this game out.

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After this, Syr Henry went vppe into a Chamber, where was appointed for her grace a chayre, two cushions, and a foote carpet, very fayre and Princelike, wherein presumpteously he sat and called one Barwicke his man to pull of his bootes. Whiche as soone as it was knowen among the Ladyes and Gentles, euery one mused thereat, and laughed him to scorne, obseruyng his vndiscrete maners in that behalfe, as they might very well.

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When supper was done, he called my Lord, and willed him that all the Gentlemen and Ladyes should withdraw them selues euery one to his lodgyng, maruelyng much that he would permit there such a company, consideryng so great a charge committed to hym.

Syr Henry (quoth my Lord) content your selfe, all shall be voyded, your men and all. Nay my souldiours (quoth Syr Henry) shall watch all night. The Lord of Tame aunswered: it shall not neede. Well sayd he, neede or neede not, they shall so do, mistrustyng belike the company: which God knoweth was without cause.

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MarginaliaLady Elizabeth commeth to Woodstocke.The next day her grace tooke her iourney from thence to Woodstocke, where she was inclosed, as before in the Tower of London, MarginaliaThe strait watch kept at Woodstocke.the souldiers gardyng and wardyng, both within & without the walles, euery day to þe number of three score: and in the night without the walles xl. during the tyme of her imprisonment there.

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At length she had gardens appointed for her walke, whiche was very comfortable to her grace. But alwayes when she did recreate her selfe therein, the doores were fast locked vp in as straite maner as they were in the Tower, beyng at the least v. or vj. lockes betwene her lodgyng and her walkes: Sir Henry him selfe keepyng the keyes, and trustyng no man therewith. Whereupon she called him her Gayler: and he kneelyng downe desired her grace no to call him so, for he was appointed there to be one of her officers. From such officers (quoth she) good Lord deliuer me.

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MarginaliaA mery story concerning the strait keeping of the Lady Elizabeth.And now by the way as digrcssyng, or rather refreshyng the reader, if it be lawfull in so serious a story to recite a matter incident, and yet not impertinent to the same: occasion here moueth, or rather inforceth me to touch breifly what happened in the same place and tyme by a certaine mery conceited man, beyng then about her grace: who notyng the straite and straunge keepyng of his Lady and mistres by the sayd Syr Henry Benifield, with so many lockes and doores, with such watch and ward about her, as was straunge and wonderful, spyed a Goate in the ward where her grace was: and whether to refresh her oppressed mynde, or to notifie her straite handlyng by Syr Henry, either els both, he tooke it vppe on his necke, and followed her grace therewith as she was goyng into her lodging.

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Which when she saw, she asked him what he would do with it, willyng to let it alone. Vnto whom the sayd partie aunswered: no by Saint Mary (if it like your grace) will I not: for I can not tell whether he be one of the Queenes frendes or no. I will cary him to Syr Henry Benifield (GOD willyng) to know what hee is. So leauyng her grace, he went with the Goate on his necke, and caryed it to Syr Henry Benifield. Who when he saw him commyng with it, asked him halfe angerly what he had there.

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