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 conclusion of the Worke.

from thence after a space came to the house aforesayd.

Item, here is also to be noted touchyng the sayd Duke of Somerset, that albeit at his death relatiō is made of a sodeine fallyng of the people, as was at the takyng of Christ, this is not to be expounded as though I compared in any part the Duke of Somerset with Christ.

And though I do somethyng more attribute to the cōmendation of the sayd Duke of Somerset, which dyed so constantly in his Religion, yet I desire thee gētle reader, so to take it, not that I dyd euer meane to derogate or empeyre the martiall prayse or factes of other men, whiche also are to be commended in such thynges where they well deserued.

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Item, touchyng the same Duke of Somerset, where the story sayth, pag. 1317. he was attaynted, read indited.

MarginaliaThis N. Vnderwoode dwelleth now at Coton by Nunne Eaton, and Laurence in Nunne Eaton.Item, pag. 1348. where mention is made of one Nicolas vnderwode to be the betrayer of the Duke of Suffolke: ioyne with the sayde vnderwode also Nicolas Laurence, alias Nicolas Ethell keper of Asteley Parke, who takyng vpon hym and promising to keepe the Duke, for ij. or three dayes vntill hee might finde some meanes to escape, conueyed hym into an hollow tree, and after most traiterously bewrayed hym.

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Item, fol. 1348. in the story of Syr Thomas Wiat there is also to be corrected, that where the story sayth that he was taken by Syr Clement Parson, whiche was not so, nor he no such Knight, amend it thus, that he first came to Clarentius beyng sent vnto hym, and afterwarde yelded hym to Syr Morris Bartley.

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Briefly and in generall, besides these castigations aboue noted, if thou finde any other cōmitted in the printing hereof, gently I desire the gentle reader, to bestow a little paines with thine owne hand to amend them.

¶ The Martyrdome of one Snel, burned about Richmond in Queene Maries tyme, omitted in this history. 
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The stories of Snel and Laremouth must have reached Foxe just as the 1570 edition was being published. They were inserted before the title page of the 1570 edition and then transferred to the end of the 1576 edition. These stories were then reprinted in the appendix to the 1583 edition.

MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of one Snel by Richmond.AT Bedaile a market towne in Yorkshyre, were two men in the latter dayes of Queene Mary, þe one named Iohn Snel, and the other Richard Snel. Who beyng suspected for Religion, were sent vnto Richmond, where Doctor Dakins had commission from the Byshop of Chester to haue the examination of them.

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This Doctor Dakins many times conferred with them, some tymes threatenyng fire and fagot if they woulde not recant, and sometymes flatteryng them with fayre fables if they would returne into the holy Catholicke Church. But they stode constantly to the sure rocke Iesus Christ, in whom they put their whole trust and confidence, whiles at last beyng so sore imprisoned that their toes rotted of, and the one of them could not go without crouches, they brought them to the Church by compulsion, where the one of them heard their abhominable Masse, hauyng a certayne summe of money geuen hym by the beneuolence of the people, and so departed thence: but the first newes that was heard of hym within iij. or iiij. dayes was that he had drowned hym selfe in a riuer runnyng by Richmond called Swaile.

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MarginaliaGods punishment vpon the Doctor that condemned Snel.Immediatly after D. Dakyns geuyng sentence that the other shoulde be burnt, came home to hys house and neuer ioyed after, but dyed. The commissary of Richmond named Hillings, preached at his burnyng, exhorting hym to returne to the Church: but hys labor was in vayne, the constāt martyr stāding strōgly to the faith which he professed.

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Then beyng brought to the stake, whereunto he was tyed by a girdle of iron, there was geuen vnto him gunpouder and a little strawe was layde vnder hys feete, and set rounde about with small woode and tarre barrels, the fire was put in the straw, which by and by flamyng about hys head, he cryed thrise together: Christ helpe me: In so much that one Robert Atkinson being presēt, sayde: hold fast there and we will all pray for thee. Thus this blessed Martyr ended hys life.

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¶ A story of one Laremouth, omitted in the body of the story.

ALbeit I am loth to insert any thyng in thys booke which may seeme incredible or straunge to ordinary workyng, for quarelling aduersaries, which do nothing but spie what they may cauill: yet forsomuch as besides other reporters the person is yet aliue, called Thorne a Godly minister, which heard it of the mouth of þe party hymselfe. I thought therefore first for the incredible straungenes thereof neyther to place this story in the body of these Actes and Monumentes, and yet in some outcorner of þe booke not vtterly to passe it vntouched, for the reader to consider it, and to credite it as he seeth cause. The story is this.

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There was on Laremouth, otherwise called Williamson, Chapplayn to Lady Anne of Cleue, a Scotishman, to whō beyng in prison in Q. Maries daies, it was sayd, as he thought, thus sounding in his eares: arise and go thy waies.

MarginaliaThe marueilous deliueraunce of one Laremouth.Wherunto when he gaue no great hede at the first, þe second tyme it was sayd to hym agayne in the same wordes. Vpon thys as he fell to his prayers, it was sayd the thyrd time likewise to hym, arise and go thy way, whiche was about halfe an houre after. So he arising vpon the same, immediatly a peece of the prison walle fell downe, & as the officers came in at the outward gate of þe castle or prison, he leapyng ouer the ditch escaped, & in the way metyng a certayn beggar, chaunged hys coate with hym, and commyng to the Sea shore, where he found a vessell ready to go ouer, was taken in, and escaped the search, which was straitly layd for hym in all the countery ouer.

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¶ A litle short Letter of William Hunter sent out of prison to his mother a litle before his Martyrdome, to be referred and placed in his story, page. 1465.

MarginaliaA Letter of Wil. Hunter to his mother a little before his burning.MOst reuerent and louyng mother, after my most humble wise I haue me harty cōmēded vnto you, desiring you to pray vnto God most hartely for me, that I may haue his blessing and yours, the whiche I esteeme more worth vnto me, then any worldly treasure. In this present Letter you shall vnderstand the cause of my writyng vnto you at this tyme, that I am in good health and prosperitie, as euer I was in this present lyfe. Wherfore I render thankes vnto almightie God for it, who alone is most worthy of all prayse, trustyng in God you be in health also. Furthermore I certifie you wherfore my father continueth here, to the intent to heare some Godly and ioyfull tidynges, both for soule and body, which I trust it shalbe to you singular comfort and consolation, and to the great reioysing of all other of my frendes. Therfore I desire you, gentle mother to admonishe my brother vnto a Godly life, with diligent attendaūce and to pray for me, considering his bounde duety, that God may by your faithfull prayer, ayde and strength me in this my prosperous iourney and course, whiche I runne trustyng to obtaine a crowne of euerlastyng lyfe, which doth euer endure.

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No more vnto you at this tyme, but God pre-
serue you vnto euerlastyng lyfe. So be it.

¶ Conclusion of the worke.

ANd thus to cōclude (good Christian reader) this present tractatiō not for lacke of matter, but to shortē rather the matter for largenes of þe volume, I here stay for this present tyme with further addition of more discourse either to ouerweary thee with longer tediousnes, or ouercharge the booke with lōger prolixitie, hauyng hetherto set forth the Actes & proceedynges of the whole Church of Christ, namely of the Church of England, although not in such particular perfectiō, that nothing hath ouerpassed vs. Yet in such general sufficiency, that I trust not very much hath escaped vs, necessary to be knowen, touchyng the principall affaires, doyngs, & proceedyngs of the Church & Churchmē. Wherin may be sene the whole state, order, descent, course & continuaunce of the same, the increase & decrease of true religiō, the creepyng in of superstitiō, the horrible troubles of persecutiō, the wonderfull assistaūce of the almighty in mainteyning his truth, the glorious cōstācie of Christes Martyrs, the rage of the enemies the alteration of tymes, the trauailes & troubles of the Church, from the first primitiue age of Christes Gospell, to the ende of Queene Mary, and the begynnyng of this our gracious Queene Elizabeth.

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Duryng the tyme of her happy reigne, which hath hetherto cōtinued (through the gratious protectiō of þe Lord) the space now of 18. yeares as my wish is, so I would, þe good wil of þe Lord were so, þt no more matter of such lamentable stories were offered to write vpō. But so it is I cā not tell how, the elder the world waxeth, the lōger it cōtinueth, the nerer it hasteneth to his end, the more Sathā rageth: geuing still new matter of writing bookes & volumes: In so much that if all were recorded & cōmitted to history, that within þe sayd cōpasse of this Queenes reigne hetherto, hath hapned in Scotland, Flaunders, Fraūce, Spayne, Germany, besides this our own coūtrey of England & Ireland, with other coūtries mo. I verely suppose one Eusebi9 or Polyistor Alexāder, whiche Pliny writeth of, wold not suffice therūto.

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But of these incidents & occurrentes hereafter more, as it shall please the Lord to geue grace & space. In the meane tyme the grace of the Lord Iesus worke wt thee (gētle reader) in all thy studious readings. And while thou hast space so employ thy self to read, that by readyng thou mayst learne dayly to know that may profite thy soule, may teach thee experience, may arme thee with paciēce, and instruct thee in all spirituall knowledge more & more, to thy perpetuall comfort, and saluatiō in Christ Iesu our Lord to whom be glory in secula seculorum. Amen.

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