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.dayes by Boners appointment, in settyng vp of stakes for the burnyng of poore Martyrs. Who when he saw þe stakes consume away so fast: yea sayd he, will not these stakes hold? I will haue a stake (I trow) that shall hold, and so prouided a bygge tree, and cuttyng of the toppe, set it in Smithfield. But thankes be to God, or euer the tree was all consumed, God turned the state of Religion, and he fell into an horrible discease, rottyng aliue aboue the grounde before he dyed. Read more of hym, pag. 1228. But because the story both of hym and of a number such other like, is to be foūd in sundry places of this history sufficiently before expressed it shall bee but a double laboure agayne to recapitulate the same. 

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This account was sent to Foxe by John Louth, the archdeacon of Nottingham, in 1579. It survives among Foxe's papers as BL, Harley MS 425, fo. 136r-v.

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MarginaliaDeclaration of forreine examples.Wherfore, to passe ouer our owne domesticall examples of English persecutes plagued by gods hand (wherof this our present story doth abound) I will stretch my penne a little further to adioyne withall a few like examples in foreine countreys.

¶ Foreine Examples. 
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In contrast to the tales of divine punishment in England which Foxe related, which came from individual informants, the tales of instances of divine punishment in foreign countries were either allusions to instances previously recounted in the Acts and Monuments or were taken from Continental works which Foxe had read.

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MarginaliaHofmeister sodēly stricken with death going to Ratisbone.HOfmeister the great archpapist, and chiefe masterpyller of the Popes falling Church, as he was in his iourney going toward the Councel of Ratisbone, to dispute against the defenders of Christes gospel, sodenly in his iourney, not farre from Vlmes, was preuented by the stroke of Gods hand, and there miserably dyed, with horrible roring & crying out. Ex Illyrico de vocabulo fidei.

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What a pernitious & pestilent doctrine is this of the papistes, which leadeth men to seeke their saluation by merits and workes of the law, and not by faith onely in Christ the sonne of God, and to stay them selues by grace? MarginaliaWhat inconuenience commeth by the Popes desperate doctrine.And what inconuenience this doctrine of doubting and desperation bringeth men to at length if the plaine worde of God wyll not sufficiently admonishe vs, yet let vs be warned by examples of such as haue bene eyther teachers or folowers of this doctrine, and consider wel what end commonly it hath and doth bring men vnto. To recite all that may be sayd in this behalf, it were infinite. To note a few examples for admonitions sake, it shalbe requisite.

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MarginaliaThe Miserable ende of Guarlacus reader in Louane.In the Vniuersitie of Louane was one named Guarlacus 

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This anecdote is reprinted from Claudio Senarclaeus, Historia vera de mortesancti viri Joannis Diazii Hispani... (Basle: 1546), pp. 8-9. [NB 'Senarclaeus' was the nom de plume of the Spanish protestant Francisco Enzinas].

a learned mā, brought vp in that schole, who at lēgth was reader of Diuinitie to the Monkes of S. Gertrudes order. Where after he had stoutly mainteyned the corrupt errors of such popish doctrine, at last fallyng sicke, when he perceyued no way with hym but death, he fel into a miserable agonie & perturbatiō of spirit, crying out of his sinnes, how wickedly he had lyued, and that he was not able to abyde the iudgement of God, and so casting out words of miserable desperation, said, his sinnes were greater then that he could be pardoned, and in that desperation wretchedly he ended his lyfe. Ex Epistola Claudij Senarclæi ad Bucerum ante histor. de morte Diazij.

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MarginaliaThe story of Arnoldus Bomelius student at Louane.An other like example we haue of Arnoldus Bomelius, 

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This anecdote is reprinted from Senarclaeus, Historia vera, pp. 9-12.

a young man of the said Vniuersitie of Louane, wel cōmended for his fresh florishing wyt & ripenes of learning, who so long as he fauoured the cause of the Gospel, & tooke part with the same agaynst the enemies of the truth, he prospered and went wel forward, but after that he drue to the company of Tyleman, maister of the Popes Colledge in Louane, and framed hym selfe after the rule of his vnsauery doctrine, that is, to stand in feare and doubt of his iustification, and to worke his saluation by merits and deeds of þe law he began more & more to grow in doubtful dispayre & discomfort of mynd: MarginaliaNote what euill instruction and company doth.As the nature of that doctrine is, vtterly to plucke away a mans mynde from all certaintie and true libertie of spirite to a seruile doubtfulnes, ful of discomfort and bondage of soule.

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Thus the yong man seduced & peruerted through this blynd doctrine of ignorance & dubitation, fel into a great agonie of mind, wandryng and wrastlyng in hymselfe a long space, tyl at lēgth being ouercome wt dispayre, & not hauyng in þt popish doctrine wherwith to raise vp his soule, he wēt out of the citie on a tyme to walke, accompanied with three other students of þe same Vniuersitie, his special familiars. Who after their walke, as they returned home agayne, Arnoldus for weerynes (as it seemed) sate downe by a spring side to rest hym a whyle. The other supposing none other but that he for weerynes there rested to refresh hym selfe, went forward a litle past hym. MarginaliaAn horrible example of Arnoldus Bomelius which killed himselfe with his owne dagger.In the meane tyme, what doth Arnoldus but sodenly taketh out his daggar, & stroke hym selfe into the body.

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His felowes seeing hym shrinkyng downe, and the foūtaine to be al colored with the bloud which issued out of the wound, came runnyng to hym to take hym vp, and so sear-

chyng his body where the wound should be, at length foūd what he had done, and howe he had stricken hym selfe with his daggar into the brest. Whereupon they tooke hym and brought hym into an house next at hand, and there exhorted hym, as wel as they could, to repent his fact: who then by outward gesture seemed to geue some shew of repentāce. Notwithstandyng the saide Arnoldus espying one of his frendes there busie about hym, to haue a knyfe hangyng at his gyrdle, violently plucked out the knife, and with maine force stabbed hym selfe to the hart.

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By these Louanian examples, as we haue al to learne, no man to be so sure of his life, but that he alwayes needeth to craue and call vnto the Lord to blesse hym with his truth and grace: MarginaliaAdmonition to our Louanians.so especially would I wish our Englishe Louanians, which now make fortes in that Vniuersitie against the open truth of Christes gospel, to be wise in time, and not to spurne so against the pricke. Ne forte. &c.

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MarginaliaIacobus Latomus of Louane.Or if they thinke yet these examples not enough for sufficient admonition, let them ioyne hereto the remembrance also of Iacobus Latomus, 

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This anecdote is reprinted from Senarclaeus, Historia vera, pp. 12-13.

a chiefe & principall captayne of the same Vniuersitie of Louane. Who after he had bene at Bruxels, and there thinkyng to do a great act agaynst Luther & his felowes, made an Oration before the Emperour, so foolishly and ridiculously, that he was laughed to scorne almost of the whole Court. MarginaliaIacobus Latomus an enemie to the Gospell, brought to madnes and desperation.Then returnyng frō thence to Louan agayn, in his publike lecture he fel in an open fury & madnes, vttering such words of desperatiō & blasphemous impietie, that the other Diuines which wer there, & namely Ruardus Anchusianus, were fayne to cary hym away as he was rauyng, & so shut hym into a close chamber. MarginaliaThe terrible wordes of Latomus in his desperation.From that tyme vnto his last breath, Latomus had neuer any thing els in his mouth, but that he was damned, & reiected of God, and that there was no hope of saluation for him, because that wittingly & against his knowledge he withstood the manifest truth of his word. Ex Epist. Senarclæi ante histor. de morte Diazij. Item, Ex Oratione Pauli Eberi in comitijs Witēbergæ habita.

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MarginaliaGods will in his worde to accept our fayth onely for iustification.Thus almighty God, not only by his word, but by examples also, diuers and sundry wise doth warne vs, first to seeke to know the perfect wyll and decree of the Lorde our God appoynted in his word. The perfect wil and ful testament of the Lord in his word is this, that he hath sent and geuen his onely sonne vnto vs, being fully contented to accept our fayth onely vpon hym for our perfect iustification and full satisfaction for all our transgressions: & this is called in Scripture Iusticia Dei. MarginaliaObedience to Gods will rewarded.To this wyl and righteousnes of God, they that humbly submyt them selues, finde peace and rest in their soules, that no man is able to expresse, and haue strength enough agaynst all the inuasions & tentations of Satan.

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MarginaliaDisobedience to Gods will punished.Contrarywise, they that wyll not yeelde their obedience vnto the wyll and ordinaunce of God expressed in his woorde, but wyll seeke their owne righteousnesse, which is of man, labouryng by their merites and satisfactions to serue and please God: these not onely doo finde with God no righteousnes at all, but in steede of his fauour, procure to them selues his horrible indignation, in steede of comfort, heape to them selues desperation, and in the ende what inconuenience they come to, by these aboue recited examples of Guarlacus, Bomelius, and Latomus, it is euident to see. MarginaliaThe chiefe fountayne of all mischiefe in the world.And out of this fountaine springeth not onely the punishmentes of these men, but also all other inconueniences whiche happen amongest men, where so euer this pernicious and erroneous doctrine of the Papistes taketh place.

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MarginaliaA Fryer of Munster stricken with lightning.A Dominicke Fryer of Mounster, as he was inueying in the Pulpite agaynste the Doctrine of the Gospell then springyng vp, was striken with a sodayne flashe of lightnyng, and so ended his lyfe. Ex Pantal. in 2. parte. Rerum memor.

MarginaliaA Taylors seruaunt in Lipsia.Manlius in his booke, De dictis Philippi. Melancth. maketh mention of a certaine Taylors seruaunt in Lypsia, who receiuyng first the Sacrament in both kyndes with the Gospellers, and afterward beyng perswaded by the papistes, receyued with thē vnder one kynde. Whereupon being admonished of his mayster to come to the Communion agayne in the Church of the Gospellers, he stoode a greate whyle and made no answeare. At last crying out vpon a sodaine, he ranne to the wyndow therby, and so cast hym selfe out and brake his necke.

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In the same Manlius mention is also made of a certayne Gentleman of name and authoritie, but he nameth hym not, who hearyng these wordes in a song: Ein feste

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