seruauntes, he wil kepe the house, he wyl preserue the goodes: yea, rather then it should be vndon, he wil wash the dishes, & rocke the cradle. Cast therfore all your care vpon God, for he careth for you. Besides thys, you may perceiue by your imprisonment, that your aduersaries weapons agaynst you, be nothing but flesh, bloud, & tyranny. For if they were able, they would mainetayn their wycked religion by Gods word: but for lack of that, they wold violently compel, such as they can not by the holy scripture perswade: because þe holy word of God, & al Christes doinges be cleane cōtrary vnto them. I praye you pray for me, & I wil pray for you. And although we be a sunder after the world: yet in Christe (I trust) for euer ioynyng in the spirite, & so shal mete in the palace of the heauenly ioyes, after this short and transitory lyfe is ended. God peace be wyth you. Amen. The. 4. of Ianuarye. 1554.
The date of the letter is given as 4 January 1555 in all manuscript versions and every printed version up to and including 1570. In 1576, p. 1412, it is changed to 14 January 1555 and the mistake is reprinted in 1583, p. 1482. Once again, we can see the pattern of careless typography in the 1576 edition going uncorrected in the 1583 edition.[Back to Top]
In every edition, Foxe recorded the death in prison, on 7 January 1555, of one James 'Gorge' (in 1563, p. 1022 and 1570, p. 1655) or James 'George' (in 1576, p. 1412 and 1583, p. 1482). This is almost certainly a confusion with James Gore, a Protestant who died in Colchester Castle around 7 December 1555 and whose death will be described in Book 11. None of the other contemporary lists of Marian martyrs - i.e., those of Brice, Crowley and Knox - list either a James Gorge or a James George dying at this time.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaIanuary 7.THe. 7. day of Ianuary Iames Gorge dyed in pryson, beyng there in bandes for religion, and righteousnes sake. Who therefore beyng exempted from the popish churchyarde, was buryed in the fielde.
Foxe deleted a statement, printed in the 1563 edition, which tied the procession to parliament's proclamation of England's submission to Rome, probably because it was demonstrably inaccurate on chronological grounds alone.
There was also commaundement geuen to make Bonefiers at night, whereupon dyd ryse among the people a doubtful talke, why al thys was thus done. Some sayde it was that the Queene, beynge then (as they sayde) with chylde, might haue a safe deliuerye. Others thoughte that it was, for ioye that the realme was ioyned again to the sea of Rome, which opinion of both, seemeth most true, for that the Parliament was then but newelye ended. In the whych (as ye haue hearde) the Byshoppe of Romes supremacye was restored, which scant required any great ioy, as the sequel declared. For sone after this, there was a Cōmission graunted to certaine Bishops &[Back to Top]
Foxe dropped a passage, originally printed in the 1563 edition, which tied the punishment of heresy to the restoration of papal supremacy in England, probably because he realised this was an error and that the one was not the immediate cause of the other.
A sentence, which appeared in the 1563 edition, introducing what would later become Book 11, was dropped.