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.

MarginaliaGods punishment vpon a certaine popish gentleman vnnamed. Marginalia1558.burg ist vnser Gott: that is, Our onely holde or fortresse is our God. Psalm. 46. aunsweared, and saod: Ich wil helffē die burg zerschiessē, oder ich wil nit leben: þt is I wyll helpe to shoote agaynst thy stay or forte, or els I wyll not lyue. And so within three dayes after he dyed with repentaunce, or confessing his fayth. Ex Manlio De dictis Philip. Melancth.

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MarginaliaSadoletus Cardinall.Of Sadoletus the learned Cardinall likewise it is reported of some, that he dyed not without great torments of conscience and desperation.

MarginaliaThe Comendator of S. Antony plagued.The Commendator of S. Antony, who sate as spirituall Iudge ouer that godly learned man Wolfgangus, burned in Lotharyng, in Germanie, and gaue sentence of his condemnatiō, fell sodainly dead shortly after. Reade before pag. 857.

MarginaliaAbbot of Charilocus sodeinly dead.Also his felow the Abbot of Clarslocus, and Suffragan to the Bishop of Metz, at the cracke of gunnes sodenly fel downe and dyed. pag. 857.

MarginaliaDauid Beaton Archb. of Scotland persecutor, slayne in hys owne Castle.Dauid Beaton Archbishop of S. Andrews in Scotland, shortly after the burnyng of M. George wisard,how he by the iust stroke of God was slayne, and wretchedly ended his life within his owne Castle, in the discourse of his story is euident to see, who so lysteth further to reade of that matter. pag. 1 35.

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MarginaliaEx Ioan. Sleidano. Lib. 23.Ioannes Sleidanus, in his. 23. booke maketh relation of Cardinal Crescentius, the chiefe President and moderator of the Councel of Trident, an. 1552. The story of whō is certayne, the thyng that happened to hym was straunge and notable, the example of him may be profitable to others such as haue grace to be warned by other mens euyls. The narration is this.

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MarginaliaThe terrible iudgement of God vpon Cardinall Crescentius, President of the Councell of Trident. An. 1552.The. 25. day of March in the yere aforesaid, Crescētius the Popes Legate & Vicegerent in the Coūcel of Tridēt, was sittyng all the day long vnto darke night in writing letters to the Pope. After his labor, whē night was come, thinkyng to refresh hym self, he began to rise: and at his rising, behold there appeared to hym a mighty blacke dog of a huge bignes, his eyes flamyng with fire, & his eares hangyng low down welneare to the ground, to enter in & strayt to come toward hym, and so to couch vnder the boord. The Cardinal not a litle amased at the sight therof, somwhat recoueryng hym selfe, called to his seruaunts, which were in the outward chamber next by, to bring in a candle, & to seeke for the dog. But when the dog could not be found, neither there nor in no other chamber about, the Cardinal therupō striken with a sodayn conceit of mynd, immediatly fell into such a sicknes, wherof his Phisitions which he had about hym, with al their industry & cunnyng coulde not cure hym. MarginaliaThe wretched end of Cardinall Crescentius President of the Councell of Trent.And so in the towne of Verona dyed this popish Cardinall, þe Popes holy Legate, & President of this Coūcel: wherin his purpose was (as Sleidane saith) to recouer and heale againe the whole authoritie & doctrine of the Romish See, and to set it vp for euer.

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There were in this Councell besides the Popes Legates and Cardinall of Trident lxij. Bishops, Doctours of Diuinitie. xlij. And thus was the ende of that Popish Councell, by the prouident hand of the almighty, dispatched and brought to nought. Ex Sleidano. Li. 23.

This Councell of Trident being then dissolued by the death of this Cardinall, was afterward notwithstandyng recollected agayne about the yeare of our Lord. 1562. agaynst the erroneous proceedynges of which Councell, other writers there be that say enough. So much as perteyneth onely to story, MarginaliaTwo aduouterous Byshops of trident Councell, iustly slayne in adultery.I thought hereunto to adde concernyng two filthy adulterous Bishops to the said Councel belōgyng, of whom the one hauntyng to an honest mans wyfe, was slaine by the iust stroke of God, with a Bore Speare. The other Bishop, whose haunt was to creepe through a wyndow, in the same wyndow was subtilly taken and hanged in a gryn, layd for hym of purpose, and so conueyed, that in the mornyng he was seene openly in the streat hangyng out of the wyndow, to the wonderment of al that passed by. Ex protestatione Concionatorum Germa. aduersus conuentum Trident. &c.

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MarginaliaD. Eckius the Popes stout Champion.Amongest all the religious orders of Papistes, who was a stouner defender of the Popes side, or a more vehement impugner of Martin Luther, then Iohn Eckius, who, if his cause, wherein he so trauailed had bene godly, had deserued (no doubt) great fauour and condigne retribution at the handes of the Lord. Now for so much as we can not better iudge of hym then by his ende, let vs consider

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the maner of his departyng hence, and compare the same with the end of M. Luther.

MarginaliaThe end of Martin Luther compared to the end of Eckius.In the which M. Luther, being such an aduersary as he was to the Pope, and hauyng no lesse then all the world vpon him at once, first this is to be noted, that after al these trauailes, the Lord gaue hym to depart both in great age, & in his owne natiue coūtrey where he was borne. Secondly, he blessed hym with such a quiet death, without any violent hand of any aduersary, that it was counted rather a sleepe then a death. Thirdly, as the death of his body was myld, so his spirit & mynd continued no lesse godly vnto the end, continually inuocatyng and callyng vppon the name of the Lord, & so cōmending his spirit to hym with feruent prayer, he made a blessed and an heauenly endyng. Fourthly, ouer and besides these blessinges, almighty God dyd also adde vnto hym such an honorable buryall, as to many great princes vnneth happeneth the like. And this briefly concernyng the end of M. Luther, as ye may reade before more at large, pag. 838.

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Now let vs consider & conferre with this the death of Iohn Eckius & the maner therof, which we find in þe English translatiō of the history of Io. Carion. fol. 250. in these words expressed. MarginaliaThe maner of Iohn Eckius death.This yere (saith he) dyed at Ingoldstat doctor Eckius a faithfull seruant & champion of the Pope, and a defender of the abominable Papacie. But as his lyfe was ful of al vngodlynes, vncleannes, & blasphemy, so was his end miserable, hard, and pitiful, in so much that his last words (as it is noted of many credible persons) wer these.: MarginaliaEckius last wordes.In case the foure thousand guildens were redy, the matter were dispatched, &c. (Dreamyng MarginaliaEckius dieth dreaming of his guildens. MarginaliaEx Appendice Hist. Ioan. Carionis. belike of some Cardinalship that he should haue bought.) Some say, that the Pope had graunted hym a certayne Deanery, which he shoulde haue redeemed from the Court of Rome with the foresayd summe. Now what a heauenly end this was of M. Eckius, I leaue it to the readers iudgement.

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MarginaliaGods iudgment vpon one Iohn Vander Warfe Shoulted of Antwarpe, a persecutorIn the citie of Antwerpe was (as they terme him there) a Shoulted, that is to say, the next officer to þe Markgraue one named Iohn Vander Warfe, a Bastarde sonne of a stocke or kinrede called Warfe, of good estimation amongest the chiefest in Antwarpe. Who as he was of nature cruell, so was he of iudgment peruerse & corrupt, & a sore persecuter of Christes flock, with greedines seeking and sheddyng innocent bloud, and had drowned diuers good men & womē in the water: for the which he was much commended of the bloudy generation. Of some he was called a bloudhoūd or bloudy dogge. Of other he was called Shildpad: MarginaliaShildpad a kinde of shelfish fashioned lyke a Tode, with a hard and a broad shell vpon his backe. that is to say, Sheltode: for that he beyng a short grundy and of litle stature, dyd ride commonly with a great broade hat, as a churle of the countrey.

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This man, after he was weery of his office (wherin he had continued aboue. xx. yeares) he gaue it ouer: and because he was now growen rich and wealthy, he entended to passe the residue of his lyfe in pleasure and quietnes.

Dutyng which tyme, about the second yeare after he had his Office, he came to Antwarpe to the feast called MarginaliaOur Ladyes druncken feast.our Ladyes Oumegang, to make meery: which Feast is vsually kept on the Sonday folowyng the assumption of our Lady. The same day in the afternoone about foure of the clocke, he being wel loden with wyne, rode homewardes in his wagon, with his wyfe and a Gentlewoman waiting on her, and his foole. As soone as the wagon was come without the gate of the citie called Croneborgh gate, vpō þe woodden Bridge beyng at that tyme made for a shyft, with Rayles or barres on both sides, for more safetie of the passengers, halfe a mans height and more) the horses stood stil and would by no meanes go forward, what soeuer the guider of the wagon could doo.

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Then he in a drunken rage cryed out to hym that guyded the wagon, saying: Ride on, in a thousand deuyls name: ryde on. Wherat the poore man answeared, that he could not make the horses to go forward. By & by, while they were yet thus talking, sodēly rose, as it wer, a mighty hurlwind, with a terrible noyse (the weather being very fayre, and no wynd styrring before) & tost the wagon ouer the barre into the towne ditch, the ropes wherat the horses had ben tyed, beyng broken a sunder in such sort, as if they had bene cut with a sharpe knife, the wagon also being cast vpsidedown, with the fore end therof turned toward the towne agayne, & he drowned in the myre: & when he was taken vp, it was found, that his necke also was broken. His wyfe was taken vp aliue, but dyed also within three dayes after. But þe Gentlewoman and the foole by Gods mighty prouidence, were preserued and had no harme. The foole hearing the people say, that his maister was dead, sayd: and was not I dead, was not I dead too? This was done. an. 1553. Withnes hereof not only the Printer MarginaliaFraunces Fraet the Printer and witnes hereof a good man and Martyr. of the same story in Dutch dwellyng then in Antwarpe, whose name was Fraunces

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