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. Gods punishment vpon Persecutors and contemners of his Gospell.

Marginalia1558.backe houses and barnes enowe to haue layde hym in, but would not shew hym so much pitie. And thus poore Lazarus there lay night and day, about sixe weekes ere he dyed.

Certayne good neighbours hearyng of this, procured thynges necessary for his reliefe, but he was so farre spent, that he could not be recouered: who lay broylyng in the hot sunne with a horrible smel, most pitiful to behold.

This poore man a litle before he dyed, desired to be remoued to an other ditch, into the shadow. Wherupon one of the neighbours commyng to Landesdales wyfe, for a bundel of straw for hym to lye vpon, MarginaliaYet the rich glutton was better, for he suffered Lazarus to lye at his gates.shee required to haue hym remoued to Newingtō side, because (shee sayd) if he should dye, it would be very farre to cary hym to the church.

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Besides this, there was a mariage in this Lādesdales house, and the gestes that came to the marriage, gaue the poore man money as they came and went by hym, but Landesdale disdayned to contribute any reliefe vnto hym, notwithstandyng that he had promised to M. Searles, one of the Queenes Gard (who had more pitie of hym) to minister to hym thyngs necessary.

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MarginaliaThe death of poore Lazarus in the ditch.To be short, the next day poore Lazarus departed this lyfe, & was buryed in Hackney Churchyard: Vpon whō Landesdale did not bestow so much as a windyng sheete, or any thyng els towardes his buriall. And thus much concernyng the end of poore Lazarus. Now let vs heare what became of the rich glutton.

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About two yeares after this, the said Landesdale being ful of drinke (as his custome was) came riding in great hast from Lonon on S. Andrewes day in the euenyng, an. 1568. and as it is reported by those that saw hym) reeling to & fro like a drunkard, with his hat in his hand, and cōmyng by a ditch side, there tumbled headlong into the ditch. MarginaliaThe end of this vnmercifull Epicure in the ditch.Some say that the horse fell vpon hym, but that is not like. This is true: the horse more sober then the maister, came home leauyng his maister behynd hym. Whether he brake his necke with the fal, or was drowned (for the water was scarsly a foote deepe) it is vncertayne: but certaine it is, that he was there found dead. Thus he beyng foūd dead in the ditch, the Crowner (as the maner is) sate vpon hym: and how the matter was handled for sauyng his goods, the lord knoweth: but in the ende so it fell out, that the goodes were saued, and the poore horse indited for his masters death.

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The neighbours hearing of the death of this man, and considering the maner therof, said, it was iustly fallen vpon hym, that as he suffered the poore man to lye and dye in the ditch neare vnto hym, so his end was to dye in a ditch likewise. And thus hast thou in this story (Christian brother and Reader) MarginaliaThe image of the rich glutton, and poore Lazarus.the true image of the riche glutton & poore Lazarus, set out before thine eyes, whereby we haue all to learne, what happeneth in the ende to such voluptuous Epicures and Atheistes, which beyng voyd of al sense of Religion and feare of God, yeelde them selues ouer to all prophanitie of lyfe, neither regarding any honestie at home, nor shewing any mercy to their needy neighbour abroade.

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Christ our Saueour saith: MarginaliaMath. 5.Blessed be the mercyfull, for they shal obteyne mercy: but iudgement without mercy shall be executed on them which haue shewed no mercye. &c. And Saint Iohn saith: Marginalia1. Iohn 3.He that seeth his brother haue neede, and shutteth vp his compassion from hym, howe dwelleth the loue of God in hym? &c. Againe, Esay against such prophane drunkardes and quaffers, thus cryeth out: Woe be vnto them that ryse vp early to folow drunkennes, and to them that so continue vntyll night, tyll they be set on fire with wyne. In those companyes are Harpes and Lutes, Tabrets and Pypes, and wyne: but they regarde not the workes of the Lord, and consider not the operation of his handes. &c. Woe be vnto them that are strong to spue out wyne, and experte to set vp drunkennesse. &c.

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The punishmentes of them that be dead, be wholesome documentes to men that be alyue. And therfore as the storie aboue exemplified may serue to warne al Courtiers and yeomen of the Garde: so by this that foloweth, MarginaliaA warning to gentlemen.I woulde wish all Gentlemen to take good heede and admonition betyme, to leaue their outragious swearing and blasphemyng of the Lord their God.

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MarginaliaA fearefull example of Gods punishment vpon a gentleman a great swearer, in Cornewall.In the tyme of raigne of kyng Edward, there was in Cornewall a certaine lusty young Gentleman, whiche dyd ride in company with other moe Gentlemen, together with their seruantes, being about the number of tewnty horsmen. Amongest whom this lusty yonker entring into talke, began to sweare, most horribly blasphemyng the name of God with other ribauldry wordes besides. Vnto whom one of the company (who is yet alyue, and witnes hereof) not able to abyde the hearing of such blasphemous abomination, in gentle wordes speaking to hym, said, he shoulde geue an-

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swere and account for euery idle word.

MarginaliaGentle exhortation neglected.The Gentleman takyng snuffe therat: Why (said he) takest thou thought for me? take thought for thy winding sheete. Well (quoth the other) amend, for death geueth no warnyng: for as soone cōmeth a lambes skyn to the market, as an olde sheepes. Gods woundes (saith he) care not thou for me, raging stil after this maner worse and worse in words, tyl at length passing on their iourney, they came ridyng ouer a great bridge, standing ouer a peece of an arme of the sea. Vpon the which bridge this Gentleman swearer spurred his horse in such sort, as he sprang cleane ouer with the man on his backe. MarginaliaThe terrible end of a swearer.Who as he was goyng, cryed, saying: horse & man, and al to the deuil. This terrible story happenyng in a towne in Cornewall, I woulde haue bene afrayde amongest these stories here to recite, were it not that he which was then reprehender of his swearyng, & witnes of his death, is yet alyue, and nowe a Minister, named Heynes. Besides this, also bishop Ridley then bishop of London, preached and vttered euen the same fact and example at Paules Crosse. The name of the gentlemā I could by no meanes obteyne of the party and witnes aforesaid, for dread of those (as he saith) which yet remayne of his affinitie and kynred in the said countrey.

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Hauyng nowe sufficiently admonished, first the Courtyers, then the Gentlemen: now thirdly for a briefe admonition to the Lawyers, we wyl here insert the straunge end and death of one Henry Smyth student of the lawe.

MarginaliaThe miserable ende of Henry Smith a Lawyer of the midle Temple after he was peruerted from the GospellThis Henry Smyth hauyng a godly Gentleman to his father, & an auncient protestant, dwellyng in Camden, in Glocester shyre, was by hym vertuously brought vp in the knowledge of Gods word, and sincere religion: wherin he shewed hym selfe in the beginnyng, such an earnest professour, that he was called of the Papistes, pratling Smith. After these good beginnynges it folowed, that he cōmyng to be a student of the lawe in the myddle Temple at London, there through sinister company of some, & especially as is thought, of one Gyfford, began to be peruerted to popery, & afterward going to Louane, was more deepely rooted and grounded in the same: MarginaliaNote what leude company doth in corrupting good natures.and so continuing a certaine space among the papists, of a yong protestant, at length was made a perfect papist. In so much, that returning from thence, he brought with him pardōs, a Crucifixe, with an Agnus dei, which he vsed cōmonly to weare about his necke, & had in his chamber, Images, before which he was wont to pray. MarginaliaM. Smithes Images and Agnus Dei.Besides diuers other popish trash, which he brought with hym from Louane. Now what ende folowed after this, I were loth to vtter in story, but that the fact so lately done, this present yeare. an. 1569. remayneth yet so fresh in memorie, that almost all the citie of London not only can wytnes, but also doth wonder therat. The end was this.

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Not long after the sayd Henry Smyth with Gyfford his companion was returned from Louane, beyng nowe a foule gyrer and a scorneful scoffer of that religion which before he professed, in his chamber where he lay in a house in Saint Clementes Parishe without Temple Barre, in the euenyng as he was goyng to bedde, MarginaliaHenry Smith a Lawyer hanged himselfe in his chamber, and after what maner. and his clothes put of (for he was founde naked) he had tyed his shyrt, (which he had torne to the same purpose) about his priuie places, and so with his owne gyrdle, or Rybon garter (as it seemed) fastned to the bedpost, there strangled hym self. They that were of his Quest and other, which saw the maner of his hangyng, and the print where he sate vpon his bed side, doo record that he thrust hym selfe downe from his beds side where he sate, the place where he had fastned the gyrdle beyng so low, that his hyppes welneare touched the floore, his legges lying acrosse, and his armes spread abroad. And this was the maner of his haugyng, hanyng his Agnus Dei in a syluer tablet, with his other idolatrous trash in the windowe by hym. And thus being dead, and not thought worthy to be interred in the Churchyarde, he was buryed in a Lane, called Foskew Lane.

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This heauye and dreadfull ende of Henry Smyth, although it mighte seeme enough to gender a terrour to all young Popish students of the lawe: yet it dyd not so worke with all, but that some remayned as obstinate styll, as they were before. MarginaliaOne Williams a Lawyer, and a rayler agaynst the Gospell, fell madde.Amongest whom was one named Williams, a student of the Inner Temple, who beyng sometyme a fauourer of the Gospell, fell in like maner from that, to be an obstinate Papist, a despitefull rayler agaynst true Religion, and in conclusion was so hot in his Catholike zeale, that in the myddest of his raylyng, he fell starke mad, and so yet to this present day remayneth. The Lord of his mercy turne hym to a better mynd, and conuert hym, if it be his pleasure, Amen.

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MarginaliaOf the miserable end of this Twiford, read before pag. 1218.The miserable ende of Twyford, is here no lesse to be remembred, a busie dooer sometymes in Kyng Henryes

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