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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The lamentable story of Iohn Whitman Martyr.

haue grace, what it is to defile them selues with the bloud of Christes blessed Saintes and Martyrs.

¶ A note of Christopher Parker. 
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This anecdote was added in the 1576 edition.

CHristopher Parker, called Parker þe wyld, mentioned before in this booke of Monumentes, pag. 1877. who being a persecuter of Richard Woodman, dyd manacle his handes with a coard, dyd cast hym selfe into a pond, and so drowned hym selfe at Herstnonceux in Sussex, the eight day of September. 1575.

¶ The story of one Drayner of Kent, commonly called Iustice Nyne holes.

MarginaliaThe story of one Drayner otherwyse called Iustice nine holes.I May not in this place omyt the tragedie of one Drayner of Smarden in the Countie of Kent, Esquire, who bearyng grudge agaynst one Gregory Doddes, Parson of the sayd towne, for reprouyng his vicious lyfe, sent for hym by two men, which tooke him and brought him before him, where he was had into a Parlour, as it were to breakfast. MarginaliaA malitious practise to intrappe a good man.In which behynde the doore he had placed one Roger Mathew secretly, to beare witnes what he should say, no more being in sight but the sayd Drayner & one of his men, who wylled and perswaded hym to speake freely his mynd, for that there was not sufficient record of his wordes to hurt hym. But the Lord kept his talke without peryll, wherby the sayde Drayner sent hym to the next Iustice called M. George Dorrell, who perceiuyng it to be done more of malice then otherwise, deliuered him vpon sureties, to appeare at the next Sessions at Cant. and at length was banished the Countrey.

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This said drayner afterward, being chosen Iustice, to shewe hym selfe diligent in seekyng the trouble of his neighbors, made on the Roodloft nyne holes, that he might looke about the church in Masse tyme. In which place alway at the sacring therof, he would stand to see who looked not, or held not vp his hands therto: which persons so not doyng, he would trouble and punish very sore. Wherby he purchased a name there, & is called to this day, Iustice nyne holes: who now (God be thanked) is Iohn out of office, and glad of his neighbours good wyll.

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It so fell out, that since this was published, the sayde Drayner came to the Printers house, with other associate, demaundyng: Is Foxe here? To whom aunsweare was geuen, that master Foxe was not within. Is the Printer within (quoth Drayner?) It was answered, Yea: Wherupon being required to come vp into his house, was asked what his wyll was. Mary, saith he, you haue printed me false in your booke: Why sayth the Printer is not your name M. Drayner, otherwise called Iustice nyne holes? It is false sayth hee: I made but v. with a great Augure, and the Parson made the rest. It was answered: I haue not read that a Iustice should make him a place in þe Roode lofte to see if the people held vp their handes. Hee sayde where as you alleage, that I dyd it to see who adored the sacrament, or who not, it is vntrue: for I set as litle by it, as the best of you all. In deede, saith the Printer, so we vnderstand nowe, for you being at a supper in Cheapeside among certaine honest company, & there burdened with the matter, said then, that you did it rather to looke vpon fayre wenches, then otherwise. He being in a great rage, sware to the purpose, saying: Can a man speake nothing, but you must haue vnderstanding therof? But saith he, dyd I any man any hurt? It was answered, that he meant litle good to M. Doddes aforesaid, especially procuryng a secret witnes behynd his doore, to catche some wordes that might tende to Doddes destruction. Which thing Drayner sware, as before, was not true. MarginaliaDrayner conuict of falshood.To whom the Printer replied, that it was most true, for that the partie there secretly hyddē, hath since vpon his knees, askyng forgeuenes for his intent, confessed þe same to Doddes hym selfe. I will hang that knaue sayth he: And so he departed in a rage: & since is deceased, whose death & order therof, I referre to the secrete Iudge.

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¶ A lamentable historie of Iohn Whytman, Shomaker, who suffered most cruel tormentes at Ostend in Flaunders, for the testimonie of Iesus Christ, and the truth of his Gospel. an. 1572.

MarginaliaA lamentable history of Ihon Whiteman shoomaker.IOhn Whitman Somaker, being about the age of. 49. yeares, borne in Tinen a towne in Brabant. After his commyng ouer into England, dwelt in Rye in the County of Sussex, maryed xxiij. yeares: alwayes a professour of the Gospel, as wel in the tyme of the freedome therof, as in tyme of persecution. About Candlemas, in the yeare. 1572. vnknowen to his frendes in Rye, vnderstandyng of shyppyng in Rye, which was redy bound for Ostend in Flaūders, went aboord the Saterdaye mornyng, and arryued at Ostend that night, where he lodged with one of his kinsmen there dwellyng. The next day being Sonday, in

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the mornyng, he accompanyed with his sayd kinsman, tooke his iorney as it were to haue passed hyther into þe countrey.

When they were about three myle on their way out of the Towne, sodaynely Whytman stayed, and woulde go no further: but immediately returned backe againe to Ostend, whither so soone as he was come, yt being seruice tyme in their church, he forthwith addressed hym selfe thither, & at þe tyme of the heaue offering stept to the sacrificer, & tooke frō ouer his head his Idoll, saying these wordes in the Dutch tongue: Is this your God? and so breaking it, cast it downe vnder his feete, & trode theron. MarginaliaIhon Whitman coulde not suffer the abhominable Idolatry of the Papistes. Forthwith the people in an vprore came to lay hold on hym, & hardly in the church escaped he death by the souldiers there present, but being rescued by some, to the intent to be further examined and made a publike spectacle, he was caried immediatly to prison. MarginaliaIhon Whitman apprehended. Vpō the next day, being Monday, the Iudges & other Counsellers being assembled, MarginaliaIhon Whiteman brought before the Iudges.he was brought forth into the common hal, & examined of his fact, the intent, the coūsel, & abettors therof, & also of his faith: where he very constantly in defence of his Christian faith, & great detestatiō of Idolatrie, demeaned him self in such sort, þt he wrong teares frō þe eyes of diuers, both of þe chiefe, & others present. So was he committed againe to prison. The next day being Tuesday, he was brought out againe before the Iudges into the same place. And being examined as before, he no whit abated, but increased in his constancie. MarginaliaSentence geuen agaynst Ihon Whitman.Wherupon sentence was geuen vpon hym, to haue his hand cut of, and his body scorched to death, & after to be hanged vp. So the day folowing, beyng Wednesday, he was brought out of prison to the towne hall, standyng in the market place, all thyngs belonggng to execution being made ready there. Which when they were all ready, the hangman went into the hall, & with a cord tyed þe hands of Whitman, & came out leading him therby: so soone as Whitman was out of the house, he made such haste, & as it were ran to the place of execution, that he drew the hangman after hym. There was a post set vp with sparres frō the top thereof, aslope downe to the grounde, in maner of a Tent, to the end that he should be onely scorched to death & not burned. When he was come to the place, the hangman cōmaunded hym to lay downe his right hand vpon a blocke, which he immediatly with a hatchet smote of, the good man stil continuyng cōstant, þe hangman stept behynd hym, & byd hym put out his tongue, which he forthwith dyd, as far as he could out of his mouth, through þe which he thrust a long instrument like a Packe needle, and so let it sticke. MarginaliaThe martyrdome and death of Ihon Whitman.Then the Iudges standyng by in the common Hall, read agayne his fact and sentence. Wherunto he could make no answere, his tougue hanging out of his head: so was he stripped out of his Cassocke, his hose being put of in prison: and put within his Tent, and made fast with two chaynes, and fire put round about, which broyled and scorched his body most miserably, al blacke, he not being seene, but heard to make a noyse within the Tent. When he was dead, hee was caried out to be hanged vpon a gybbot beside the towne.

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Spectatores præsentes, Cutbert Carr, Bartho-
lomeus Bellington, Nautæ Rienses.

¶ Admonition to the Reader.

IT hath bene a long perswasion gendred in the heades of many men these many yeares, that to ground a mans fayth vpon Gods word alone, and not vpon the See & Church of Rome, folowing al the ordinances & cōstitutions of þe same, was damnable heresie, and to persecute such men to death, was high seruice don to God. Wherupō hath risen so great persecutions, slaughters, & murders, with such effusion of Christen bloud through all partes of Christendome, by the space of these 70. yeares, as hath not before ben seene. And of these men Christ hym self doth full wel warned vs long before, truely prophesying of such tymes to come, whē they that slea his Ministers & seruants, should thinke thēselues to doo good seruice vnto God. MarginaliaIohn. 16.Ioh. 16. Now, what wicked seruice, and howe detestable before God this is, which they falsly perswade them selues to be godly, what more euident demonstrations can we require, then these so many, so manifest, & so terrible examples of Gods wrath pouring down frō heauē vpon these persecuters, wherof part we haue already set forth: for to comprehend all (which in number are infinite) it is vnpossible. Wherfore, although there be many which wyll neither heare, see, nor vnderstande, what is for their profit, yet let al moderate & wel disposed natures take warnyng in tyme. Marginalia3. Argumentes agaynst the papistes. Gods worde. Bloud of Martyrs. Gods punishment.And if the plaine worde of God wyll not suffice them, nor the bloud of so many martyrs wil moue thē to embrace the truth, & forsake errour, yet let the desperate deathes & horrible punishments of their owne papistes perswade them, how perillous is the end of this damnable doctrine of papistry. MarginaliaThe plagues of God, set agaynst pretensed antiquitie.For if these papists which make so much of their painted antiquitie, doo thinke their proceedyngs to be

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