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1. Preface to Rubric 2. The Rubric 3. Mary's First Moves 4. The Inhibition5. Bourne's Sermon 6. The True Report7. The Precept to Bonner 8. Anno 15549. From 'The Communication' to 'A Monition' 10. Bonner's Monition11. Mary's Articles for Bonner 12. The Articles 13. From Mary's Proclamation to the 'Stile'14. From the 'Stile' to the 'Communication' 15. The 'Communication' 16. How Thomas Cranmer ... 17. Cranmer18. Ridley 19. Latimer20. Harpsfield's Forme 21. 1563's Disputational Digest22. Political Events up to Suffolk's Death 23. Between Mantell and the Preacher's Declaration 24. The Declaration of Bradford et al 25. May 19 to August 1 26. August 1 - September 3 27. From Bonner's Mandate to Pole's Oration 28. Winchester's Sermon to Bonner's Visitation 29. Pole's Oration 30. From the Supplication to Gardiner's Sermon 31. From Gardiner's Sermon to 1555 32. From the Arrest of Rose to Hooper's Letter 33. Hooper's Answer and Letter 34. To the End of Book X 35. The Martyrdom of Rogers 36. The Martyrdom of Saunders 37. Saunders' Letters 38. Hooper's Martyrdom 39. Hooper's Letters 40. Rowland Taylor's Martyrdom 41. Becket's Image and other events 42. Miles Coverdale and the Denmark Letters 43. Bonner and Reconciliation 44. Robert Farrar's Martyrdom 45. The Martyrdom of Thomas Tomkins 46. The Martyrdom of Rawlins/Rowland White47. The Martyrdom of Higbed and Causton 48. The Martyrdom of William Hunter 49. The Martyrdom of Pigot, Knight and Laurence 50. Judge Hales 51. The Providential Death of the Parson of Arundel 52. The Martyrdom of John Awcocke 53. The Martyrdom of George Marsh 54. The Letters of George Marsh 55. The Martyrdom of William Flower 56. Mary's False Pregnancy57. The Martyrdom of Cardmaker and Warne 58. John Tooly 59. The Examination of Robert Bromley [nb This is part of the Tooly affair]60. Censorship Proclamation 61. The Martyrdom of Thomas Haukes 62. Letters of Haukes 63. The Martyrdom of Thomas Watts 64. Martyrdom of Osmund, Bamford, Osborne and Chamberlain65. The Martyrdom of Ardley and Simpson 66. The Martyrdom of John Bradford 67. Bradford's Letters 68. William Minge 69. The Martyrdom of John Bland 70. The Martyrdom of Frankesh, Middleton and Sheterden 71. Sheterden's Letters 72. Martyrdom of Carver and Launder 73. Martyrdom of Thomas Iveson 74. John Aleworth 75. Martyrdom of James Abbes 76. Martyrdom of Denley, Newman and Pacingham 77. Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley 78. Richard Hooke 79. Martyrdom of William Coker, et al 80. Martyrdom of George Tankerfield, et al 81. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Smith 82. Martyrdom of Harwood and Fust 83. Martyrdom of William Haile 84. Examination of John Newman 85. Martyrdom of Robert Samuel 86. George King, Thomas Leyes and John Wade 87. William Andrew 88. William Allen 89. Martyrdom of Thomas Cobb 90. Martyrdom of Roger Coo 91. Martyrdom of Catmer, Streater, Burwood, Brodbridge, Tutty 92. Martyrdom of Hayward and Goreway 93. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Glover 94. John and William Glover 95. Cornelius Bungey 96. Martyrdom of Wolsey and Pigot 97. Life and Character of Nicholas Ridley 98. Ridley and Latimer's Conference 99. Ridley's Letters 100. Life of Hugh Latimer 101. Latimer's Letters 102. Ridley and Latimer Re-examined and Executed103. More Letters of Ridley 104. Life and Death of Stephen Gardiner 105. Martyrdom of Webb, Roper and Park 106. William Wiseman 107. Examinations and Martyrdom of John Philpot 108. John Went 109. Isobel Foster 110. Joan Lashford 111. Five Canterbury Martyrs 112. Life and Martyrdom of Cranmer 113. Letters of Cranmer 114. Martyrdom of Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield 115. Persecution in Salisbury Maundrell, Coberly and Spicer 116. William Tyms, et al 117. The Norfolk Supplication 118. Letters of Tyms 119. John Hullier's Execution120. John Hullier 121. Christopher Lister and five other martyrs 122. Hugh Lauerocke and John Apprice 123. Katherine Hut, Elizabeth Thacknell, et al 124. Martyrdom of John Harpole and Joan Beach 125. Thomas Drury and Thomas Croker 126. Thomas Spicer, John Deny and Edmund Poole 127. Thomas Rede128. Persecution of Winson and Mendlesam 129. William Slech 130. Avington Read, et al 131. Wood and Miles 132. Adherall and Clement 133. A Merchant's Servant Executed at Leicester 134. Thirteen Burnt at Stratford-le-Bow135. Persecution in Lichfield 136. Hunt, Norrice, Parret 137. Martyrdom of Bernard, Lawson and Foster 138. John Careless 139. Letters of John Careless 140. Martyrdom of Julius Palmer 141. Guernsey Martyrdoms 142. Dungate, Foreman and Tree 143. Martyrdom of Joan Waste 144. Three Men of Bristol145. Martyrdom of Edward Sharpe 146. Four Burnt at Mayfield at Sussex 147. John Horne and a woman 148. Northampton Shoemaker 149. Prisoners Starved at Canterbury 150. More Persecution at Lichfield 151. Exhumations of Bucer and Phagius along with Peter Martyr's Wife152. Pole's Visitation Articles for Kent153. Ten Martyrs Burnt at Canterbury154. The 'Bloody Commission'155. Twenty-two Prisoners from Colchester156. Five Burnt at Smithfield157. Stephen Gratwick and others158. Edmund Allen and other martyrs159. Edmund Allen160. Alice Benden and other martyrs161. Richard Woodman and nine other martyrs162. Ambrose163. The Martyrdom of Simon Miller and Elizabeth Cooper164. Rose Allin and nine other Colchester Martyrs165. John Thurston166. Thomas More167. George Eagles168. Richard Crashfield169. Fryer and George Eagles' sister170. John Kurde171. Cicelye Ormes172. Joyce Lewes173. Rafe Allerton and others174. Agnes Bongeor and Margaret Thurston175. Persecution at Lichfield176. Persecution at Chichester177. Thomas Spurdance178. Hallingdale, Sparrow and Gibson179. John Rough and Margaret Mearing180. Cuthbert Simson181. William Nicholl182. Seaman, Carman and Hudson183. Three at Colchester184. A Royal Proclamation185. Roger Holland and other Islington martyrs186. Richard Yeoman187. John Alcocke188. Alcocke's Epistles189. Thomas Benbridge190. Stephen Cotton and other martyrs191. Alexander Gouch and Alice Driver192. Three at Bury193. The Final Five Martyrs194. William Living195. The King's Brief196. William Browne197. Some Persecuted at Suffolk198. Elizabeth Lawson199. Edward Grew200. The Persecuted of Norfolk201. The Persecuted of Essex202. Thomas Bryce203. The Persecuted in Kent204. The Persecuted in Coventry and the Exiles205. Thomas Parkinson206. The Scourged: Introduction207. Richard Wilmot and Thomas Fairfax208. Thomas Greene209. Bartlett Greene and Cotton210. Steven Cotton's Letter211. Scourging of John Milles212. Scourging of Thomas Hinshaw213. Robert Williams214. Bonner's Beating of Boys215. A Beggar of Salisbury216. John Fetty217. James Harris218. Providences: Introduction219. The Miraculously Preserved220. Christenmas and Wattes221. Simon Grinaeus222. John Glover223. Dabney224. Alexander Wimshurst225. Bosom's wife226. The Delivery of Moyse227. Lady Knevet228. Crosman's wife229. Congregation at Stoke in Suffolk230. Congregation of London231. Robert Cole232. Englishmen at Calais233. John Hunt and Richard White234. Punishments of Persecutors235. Tome 6 Life and Preservation of the Lady Elizabeth236. The Westminster Conference237. Nicholas Burton238. Another Martyrdom in Spain239. Baker and Burgate240. Burges and Hoker241. Justice Nine-Holes242. Back to the Appendix notes243. A Poor Woman of Exeter244. Those Burnt at Bristol: extra material245. Priest's Wife of Exeter246. Gertrude Crockhey
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not defyle themselues with vnclennesse, and with ydolatrie through the perswasion of their mother, casting themselues headlong into a riuer together with their mother, did fordo them selues, although not in the same water, yet after the same maner of drowning , as this maister Hales did. What shall I say of other twoo sisters, which for the selfe same quarell did violentlye throw themselues headlong into the sea, as Eusebius dooeth recorde? MarginaliaEuseb. hist. eccle. lib 8 Cap. 12 In whome though perchance there was lesse cōfidence to beare out al paines that should be ministred of the wicked vnto them: yet we perceyue þt theyr charinesse to kepe their fayth and religion vnspotted, was commended and praised.

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An other like exāple of death is mētioned by Nicephorus MarginaliaNicepho. li 7. Cap. 13. & that in another virgin likewise, whose name is expressed in Hierome to bee MarginaliaBrassila DyrrachinaBrassila Dyrrachina, who to kepe her virginity, fayned her selfe to be a witche, and so conuenting with the yong man which went about to deflowre her, that she wold geue him an herb, which shoulde preserue him from all kynde of weapons: and so to proue it in her selfe, layde the herbe vpon her owne throte, byddyng hym smite: whereby she was slayne, and so with þe losse of her life, her virginitie was saued.

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Herevnto may bee ioyned the lyke death of Sophronia a Matron of Rome, who when she was required of Marentius the tiraunt to bee defiled, and saw her husband more slack thē he ought to haue bene, in sauing her honesty, byddyng them þt wer sent for her, to tary a while, tyll she made her ready, went into her Chaumber, and with a weapon thrust her self through the brest and dyed. Now who is he that woulde reprehend that worthy man Aschetes, which biting of his owne tonge did spit it oute into the harlots face? But in these exaumples (you wyll saye) the cause was necessarye and honest. And who can tell, whether master Hales, meaning to auoid the pollutiō of the Masse, did likewise chuse the same kinde of death to kepe his faith vndefiled, wherof there ought to be as greate respect and greater to, then of the chastitye of the bodye? But you wyll saye he ought rather to haue suffered the tyrauntes. And why may not the same bee saide of the forenamed virgins.

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And finally although he did it of a certain desperation, yet how know you, whether he repēted euen in breathing out his life? Although I truely am so farre from allowing his fact, by any meanes, that I am wonderfull sory for hys rash and ouer hasty temeritie. And therfore although we doe not accompt hym amonge the Martirs. yet on the other side we do not recken him among the damned persones. Finally, let vs all wishe heartily, that the Lord impute not to him in iudgement, that whiche he offended in his own punishment. Amen.

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Verses in thexcuse of the lamentable, and pytifull death of Iustice Hales Knight. 
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A version of this poem, probably written by Foxe himself (in the Rerum it is signed 'J. F.') first appeared in the Rerum (p. 265). In the 1563 edition, two lines were added to the poem, expressing the hope that Hales's soul might be cleansed andblessed through divine mercy. The last four lines of the poem were rewritten in the second edition, with a more pessimistic conclusion praying that, on the Day of Judgement, Hales's sins would not weigh too heavily against him.

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De Iacobo Halisio carmen. I. F.

Si tua quanta fuit grauitas, prudentia, norma,
Iunctaque sincera cum pietate fides:
Tam caro firma tibi fortisque, Halise fuisset,
Sanctorum prima classe serendus eras:
Sed neque sanctorum rursus tam sancta videtur
Vita hæc, in fastis non referenda sacris.
Rebus in humanis quum sit nihil ergo beatum
Hæc retine quæ sint candida, nigra sinas.

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¶ Iohn Awcocke. 
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The Martyrdom of John Alcock

There was a brief note in the Rerum stating that John Alcock died on 2 April 1555 in Newgate prison and was buried in the fields (p. 431). This note was reprinted in all editions of the Acts and Monuments, without change, except that Newgate was only mentioned in the Rerum.

This John Alcock, or Awcock, is very probably the Hadleigh shearman whose arrest and imprisonment is described elsewhere by Foxe. There is a manuscript copy of Alcock's answer to the privy council's interogation of him in Foxe's papers (BL, Lansdowne 389, fo. 212v).

JN this moneth of April, the. 2. day of þe same moneth, died in prison Iohn Awcocke, who after was buried in the fields, as the maner of the Papists was to deny their christian buriall to such as died out of their popish Antichristiā Churche.

THis yere about the end of March, died Pope Iulius þe third, a mete prelate for that sort. The dedes and actes of which Pope here to set forth & declare, it were not so much tedious to the reader, as horrible to all good eares. 

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Foxe's account of Julius III and his vices is drawn from Bale, Catalogus, pp.681-82.

Vnder this Iulius florished the Archbishop Beneuentanus, a Florentine named Iohannes a Casa, Dean of the Popes Chamber, and chief Legate to the Venetians, who wel declaring the fruit of that filthy sea, so farre forgate both honestye & nature, that he shamed not only to playe the filthy Sodomite himself, & to boast openly of þe same: but also tooke vpon hym most impudently (in Italian Meter, to al mennes eares) to set foorth the prayse and commendation of that beastlye iniquitie, saying that he hymselfe neuer vsed other: and yet this booke was printed at Venice by one Troianus Nauus: and yet the Pope could suffer this so great iniquity and shamelesse beastlinesse, euen vnder his nose in his owne Chamber, whiche could not abide the true doctryne of Christ, in Christen bookes. Amonges other prankes and dedes of this foresayde Pope, in his Iubile, and in the Sinode of Trent, and in confirmyng of the ydol of Lawretane, thys is also reported of him in his life, that he delighted greatly in porkefleshe, and Peacockes. Vppon a tyme when he was admonished of his Phisition to abstayne from all swynes fleshe, for that it was noysome for his gowte, and yet woulde not followe his counsell: the Phisition afterwarde gaue warnyng to hys stewarde or orderer of his diete, that he should set no more porkefleshe before hym.

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