Thematic Divisions in Book 11
1. The Martyrdom of Rogers 2. The Martyrdom of Saunders 3. Saunders' Letters 4. Hooper's Martyrdom 5. Hooper's Letters 6. Rowland Taylor's Martyrdom 7. Becket's Image and other events 8. Miles Coverdale and the Denmark Letters 9. Bonner and Reconciliation 10. Judge Hales 11. The Martyrdom of Thomas Tomkins 12. The Martyrdom of William Hunter 13. The Martyrdom of Higbed and Causton 14. The Martyrdom of Pigot, Knight and Laurence 15. Robert Farrar's Martyrdom 16. The Martyrdom of Rawlins/Rowland White17. The Restoration of Abbey Lands and other events in Spring 155518. The Providential Death of the Parson of Arundel 19. The Martyrdom of John Awcocke 20. The Martyrdom of George Marsh 21. The Letters of George Marsh 22. The Martyrdom of William Flower 23. The Martyrdom of Cardmaker and Warne 24. Letters of Warne and Cardmaker 25. The Martyrdom of Ardley and Simpson 26. John Tooly 27. The Examination of Robert Bromley [nb This is part of the Tooly affair]28. The Martyrdom of Thomas Haukes 29. Letters of Haukes 30. The Martyrdom of Thomas Watts 31. Censorship Proclamation 32. Our Lady' Psalter 33. Martyrdom of Osmund, Bamford, Osborne and Chamberlain34. The Martyrdom of John Bradford 35. Bradford's Letters 36. William Minge 37. James Trevisam 38. The Martyrdom of John Bland 39. The Martyrdom of Frankesh, Middleton and Sheterden 40. Sheterden's Letters 41. Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley 42. Martyrdom of Christopher Wade 43. Nicholas Hall44. Margery Polley45. Martyrdom of Carver and Launder 46. Martyrdom of Thomas Iveson 47. John Aleworth 48. Martyrdom of James Abbes 49. Martyrdom of Denley, Newman and Pacingham 50. Richard Hooke 51. Martyrdom of William Coker, et al 52. Martyrdom of George Tankerfield, et al 53. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Smith 54. Martyrdom of Harwood and Fust 55. Martyrdom of William Haile 56. George King, Thomas Leyes and John Wade 57. William Andrew 58. Martyrdom of Robert Samuel 59. Samuel's Letters 60. William Allen 61. Martyrdom of Roger Coo 62. Martyrdom of Thomas Cobb 63. Martyrdom of Catmer, Streater, Burwood, Brodbridge, Tutty 64. Martyrdom of Hayward and Goreway 65. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Glover 66. Cornelius Bungey 67. John and William Glover 68. Martyrdom of Wolsey and Pigot 69. Life and Character of Nicholas Ridley 70. Ridley's Letters 71. Life of Hugh Latimer 72. Latimer's Letters 73. Ridley and Latimer Re-examined and Executed74. More Letters of Ridley 75. Life and Death of Stephen Gardiner 76. Martyrdom of Webb, Roper and Park 77. William Wiseman 78. James Gore 79. Examinations and Martyrdom of John Philpot 80. Philpot's Letters 81. Martyrdom of Thomas Whittle, Barlett Green, et al 82. Letters of Thomas Wittle 83. Life of Bartlett Green 84. Letters of Bartlett Green 85. Thomas Browne 86. John Tudson 87. John Went 88. Isobel Foster 89. Joan Lashford 90. Five Canterbury Martyrs 91. Life and Martyrdom of Cranmer 92. Letters of Cranmer 93. Martyrdom of Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield 94. Persecution in Salisbury Maundrell, Coberly and Spicer 95. William Tyms, et al 96. Letters of Tyms 97. The Norfolk Supplication 98. Martyrdom of John Harpole and Joan Beach 99. John Hullier 100. Hullier's Letters 101. Christopher Lister and five other martyrs 102. Hugh Lauerocke and John Apprice 103. Katherine Hut, Elizabeth Thacknell, et al 104. Thomas Drury and Thomas Croker 105. Thomas Spicer, John Deny and Edmund Poole 106. Persecution of Winson and Mendlesam 107. Gregory Crow 108. William Slech 109. Avington Read, et al 110. Wood and Miles 111. Adherall and Clement 112. A Merchant's Servant Executed at Leicester 113. Thirteen Burnt at Stratford-le-Bow114. Persecution in Lichfield 115. Hunt, Norrice, Parret 116. Martyrdom of Bernard, Lawson and Foster 117. Examinations of John Fortune118. John Careless 119. Letters of John Careless 120. Martyrdom of Julius Palmer 121. Agnes Wardall 122. Peter Moone and his wife 123. Guernsey Martyrdoms 124. Dungate, Foreman and Tree 125. Martyrdom of Thomas More126. Martyrdom of John Newman127. Examination of John Jackson128. Examination of John Newman 129. Martyrdom of Joan Waste 130. Martyrdom of Edward Sharpe 131. Four Burnt at Mayfield at Sussex 132. John Horne and a woman 133. William Dangerfield 134. Northampton Shoemaker 135. Prisoners Starved at Canterbury 136. More Persecution at Lichfield
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1590 [1564]

Q. Mary. Ghostly letters of M. Bradford, holy Martyr.

Marginalia1555. Iuly.shalbe ioy and holynes? Doth not the Scripture say that, MarginaliaPromises annexed to the crosse.they are happy that suffer for righteousnes sake, as you now do? that the glory and spirite of God is vpon them? that, as you are now made like vnto Christ in sufferyng, so shall you be made lyke hym in raignyng? Doth not the Scripture say that you are now goyng the hyghe and right way to heauen? that your sufferyng is Christes sufferyng? My dearely beloued, what greater commodities then these, can a godly hart desire?

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Therefore ye are commaunded to reioyce & be glad whē ye suffer, as now ye doe: for through the goodnesse of God, great shalbe your reward: Where? Forsooth on earth, first for your childrē: for now they are in Gods mere & immediate protection. Neuer was father so carefull for his children, as God is for yours presently. Gods blessyng whiche is more worth thē all the world, you leaue in deede to your children. Though all your prouidence for thē should be pulled away: yet God is not poore, he hath promised to prouide for them most fatherly. MarginaliaPsal. 55.Cast thy burthē vpō me (sayth he) and I will beare it. Do you therfore cast them & cōmēd them vnto God your father, & doubt not that he will dye in your det. He neuer yet was foūd vnfaithfull, & he will not now begin with you. MarginaliaPsal. 37.The good mās seede shall not goe a beggyng his bread: for he will shew mercy vpō thousādes of the posteritie of thē that feare him. MarginaliaCare of children to be left to Gods prouidence.Therfore as I sayd, Gods reward first vpō earth shall be felt by your children euen corporally, & so also vpon you if God see it more for your cōmodity, at the least inwardly you shall feele it by quietnes & comfort of consciēce: & secondly after this life, you shall finde it so plentifully, as the eye hath not seene, the eare hath not heard, the hart cannot conceiue how great & glorious Gods reward will be vppon your bodyes, much more vppon your soules. God open our eyes to see and fele this in deede. Then shall we thinke the crosse which is a meane hereto, to be commodious. Then shall we thanke God that he would chastice vs. Then shall we say with Dauid: happy am I that thou hast punished me, for before I went astray, but now I keepe thy lawes.

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Marginalia4. Thinges to be considered of all men that be vnder the crosse.This that we may do in deede my dearely beloued, let vs first know that our crosse commeth from God: Secondly, þt it cōmeth from God as a father, that is, to our weale and good. Therfore let vs thirdly call to mynde our sinnes and aske pardon. Wherto let vs fourthly looke for helpe certainely at Gods hand in his good tyme: helpe I say, such as shall make most to Gods glory, and to the comfort and commoditie of our soules and bodyes eternally. This if we certainely cōceiue, thē wil there issue out of vs harty thankes geuyng, which God requireth as a most precious sacrifice. That we may all through Christ offer this, let vs vse earnest prayer to our God and deare father, who blesse vs, keepe vs, and comfort vs vnder hys sweete crosse for euer. Amen. Amen.

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My deare hartes, if I could any way comfort you, you should be sure therof, though my life lay thereon, but now I must do as I may, because I can not as I would. Oh that it would please our deare father shortly to bryng vs where we should neuer depart, but enioy cōtinually the blessed fruition of his heauenly presence: pray, pray, that it may spedely come to passe, pray. To morrow I wyll send vnto you to knowe your estate, send me worde what are the chiefest thinges they charge you withall. 

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Bradford is asking them to let him know the most important items for which their gaolers were charging them. These would usually be freedom from chains, better rooms, better food, bedding and other necessities. Bradford is clearly planning to have money sent to them to meet these expenses. This money would have come from Bradford's protestant friends and supporters at liberty.

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By your brother in the Lord
Iohn Bradford.

¶ To Mistres Hall prisoner in Newgate and ready to make aunswere before her aduersaries. 
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This letter was first printed in Letters of the Martyrs, pp. 377-79. ECL 262, fo. 232r-v is a copy of this letter. The letter was written to Catherine Hall exhorting her to be constant as she was about to be examined by the authorities. What happened to John Hall is unclear. Also unclear is what happened to Catherine Hall, although she clearly survived her encounter with the authorities and died of natural causes a few days later.

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MarginaliaAn other letter of M. bradford to Mistres Hall.OVr most mercyful God and father through Christ Iesus our Lord and Sauiour, be mercyfull vnto vs, & make perfect the good he hath begon in vs vnto the end. Amen.

My deare Sister, reioyce in the Lord, reioyce: be glad (I say) be mery and thankefull, not onely because MarginaliaMath. 5.Christ so cōmaundeth vs, but also because our state wherin we are presently, requireth no lesse, for we are the Lordes witnesses. GOD the father hath vouched saffe to chose vs amongest many, to witnes and testifie, that Christ his sonne is kyng and that his word is true. Christ our Sauiour for his loues sake towardes vs, will haue vs to beare recorde that he is no vsurper nor deceiuer of the people, but Gods Ambassadour, Prophet: and Messias: so that of all dignities vppon earth this is the highest. Greater honour had not his Prophetes, Apostles nor dearest frendes, them to * MarginaliaThe blood of Martyrs standeth for the verity of Christ against the world and Sathan, who would suppresse the same. beare witnesse with Christ, as we now do. The world folowyng the counsell of their Syer Sathan, would gladly condemne Christ and his veritie: but loe the Lord hath chosen vs to be his champions, to let this. As stoute souldiours therfore let vs stand to our maister, who is with vs and standeth on our right hand that we shall not be much moued, if we hope and hang on his mercy: hee is so faythfull and true, that hee will neuer

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tempt vs further then he will make vs hable to beare.

Therfore be not carefull (for I heare say this daye you shalbe called foorth) what you shall aunswere. 

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Catherine Hall is being called forth for examination by the authorities. It is interesting that Bradford was keeping track of her situation from another prison.

MarginaliaThe Lord promiseth and will geue them that stand in his defence, how and what to aunswere.The Lorde which is true and cannot lye, hath promised and wil neuer fayle nor forget it, that you shal haue both what and how to aunswere, so as shall make his shameles aduersaries ashamed. Hang therfore on this promise of God, who is an helper at a pinch and a most present remedy to them that hope in him. Neuer was it heard of or shalbe, that any hopyng in the Lord was put to foyle. 
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Were defeated or repulsed.

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Therfore as I sayd, I say agayne, Deare Sister be not only not carefull for your aunsweryng, but also be ioyfull for your cause. Confesse Christ and bee not ashamed, and hee will confesse you and neuer bee ashamed of you. MarginaliaA blessed thing seing a man must needes dye, to dye for the Lord.Though losse of goodes and lyfe be like here to ensue: yet if Christe be true (as he is most true) it is otherwise in deede: For hee that loseth his life (sayth he) wynneth it, but he that saueth it, loseth it. Our sinnes haue deserued many deathes. Now if God deale so with vs, that hee will make our deserued death a demonstration of his grace, a testimoniall of his veritie, a confirmation of his people, and ouerthrow of his aduersaries: What great cause haue we to bee thankefull? Bee thankefull therefore good Syster, be thankefull, reioyce and be mery in the Lord, be stoute in his cause and quarell, bee not faynt harted, but runne out your race, and set your captaine Christ before your eyes. Behold howe greate your reward is. See the great glory and the eternitie of felicitie prepared for you. Striue and fight lawfully, that you may get the crowen. Runne to get the game: you are almost at your iourneys end. I doubt not, but our father will with vs send to you also, as he dyd to Marginalia4. Reg. 2.Hely, a fiery chariotte, to conuey vs into his kyngdome. Let vs therfore not be dismaide to leaue our cloke behynde vs, that is, our bodyes to ashes. God will one day restore them to vs like to the body of our Lord and Sauiour Iesus Christ, whose commyng is now at hand: let vs looke for it and lift vp our heades, for our redemption draweth nigh. Amen. Amen. The Lorde of mercy graunt vs hys mercy, Amen. I pray you pray for me, and so desire my brethren which be with you. Gods peace be with vs al, Amen. Blessed be the dead that dye in the Lord: then howe much more they that dye for the Lord.

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Your brother in bondes.
Iohn Bradford.

¶ To a woman that desired to know his mind whether she, refrainyng from the Masse, might be present at the popish Mattins, or no. 
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This letter was first printed in Letters of the Martyrs, pp. 401-03. Bradford's correspondent wants to know if attending lesser services, such as matins, might be permissible. Bradford's answer is a decided 'no'.

MarginaliaA resolution of M. Bradford, whether a Christian absteyning from the Masse, may heare the popish Mattins or no.I Besech almighty God our heauenly father to be mercifull vnto vs, and to encrease in you, my good Sister, þe knowledge and loue of his truth, and at this presēt geue me grace so to wryte to you something of the same, as maye make to his glory, and our owne comfort and confirmation in hym through Christ our Lord Amen.

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Whether you may come with safe conscience to þe church nowe, that is, to the seruice vsed commonly, in parte, as at Mattins or at Euensong, or no, is your desire to haue mee to wryte something for your further stay. My dearely beloued, although your benefites towards me 

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Undoubtedly money and other necessities for surviving incarceration.

might perchaunce make you to thincke, that in respect therof I woulde beare with that whiche els were not to bee borne withall:  
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Bradford is saying that he would not be telling her something was not permissible unless it truly was intolerable.

yet by Gods grace I am purposed simply and without all such respect in this matter, to speake to you the truth according to my conscience, as I may be able to stand vnto, when I shall come before the Lord.

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MarginaliaThree lessons to be learned of euery Christian.First therfore go about to learne perfectly the fyrst lesson to be learned of all that professe Christ, that is, to deny your selfe, and in nothing to seeke your selfe.

Secondly, learne after this, to begin at the next lesson to it, whiche is to seeke God in all thinges you doe and leaue vndone.

Thirdly, knowe that then you seeke God, when in hys seruice you follow his word and not mans fantasies, custome, multitude. &c. and when with your brother you follow the rule of charitye, that is, to do as you woulde be done by. In these is a summe of all the counsell I can geue you, if that hereto I admonish you of þe seruice now vsed, which is not accordyng to gods woorde, but rather agaynst Gods word directly and in maner wholy, So that your goyng to the seruice, is a declaration that you haue not learned the first lesson, nor neuer can learne it so long as you go thether: therfore the second lesson you shall vtterly lose, if you cease not the seekyng your selfe, that is, if for company, custome, father or friend, life or goodes, you seeme to allow þt whiche God disaloweth. And this that you the better may perceiue, I purpose by Gods grace briefly to shew.

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First the Mattens and Euensong is in a tonge forbidden publickely to be vsed in the congregatiō that perceaueth

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