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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. 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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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Actes and Monumentes Of the Church

workes of darknes, put on pitie and godlines, serue god after his word and not after custome, vse your tonges to glorify God by prayer, thākesgeuyng and confession of his truthe &c. bee spirituall, and by the spirite mortifye carnall affections, be sober, holye, true, louing, gentle, mercifull: and then shall the lordes wrathe ceasse, not for this our doinges sake, but for his mercies sake. Go to therfore (good countrymē) take this counsel of the lord, by me now sent vnto you, as the lords counsel, & not as mine, that in the day of iudgemēt I may reioyce with you & for you, the which thing I heartely desire, and not to be a witnes against you. My bloud wil cry for vengeance as against the Papistes gods enemies (whom I beseche god if it be his wil, hartely to forgeue, yea euē thē which put me to death & ar the causers therof, for thei know not what they do) so wil my bloud crie for vengeaunce against you (my dearly beloued in the lorde) if ye repēt not, amēd not, & turne not vnto the lord. Turne vnto the lord yet once more, I hartely besech the, thou Māchester, thou Ashton vnder line, thou Boltō, Bury, Wigine, Lierpole, Mottrine, Stepport, Winsley, Eccles, Prestwiche, Middletō, Radclief, & thou citie of Westchester, wher I haue truly taught & preached the word of god. 

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These are all places in southern Lancashire, concentrated in the region around Manchester. They provide an idea of the territorial range of Bradford's preaching in Lancashire.

turne, I say vnto you al, & to al the inhabitors theraboutes, vnto the lord our god, & he wil turne vnto you, he wil say vnto his Angel: it is inough, put vp thy sweard. The whiche thing that he wil do, I humbly besech his goodnes for the precious bloudes sake of his deare sonne our sauior Iesus Christ. Ah good brethrē take in good part these my last wordes vnto euery one of you. Pardon me mine offenses and negligences in behauior amongs you. The lord of mercy pardon vs al our offenses, for our sauior Iesus Christs sake. Amen. Out of prison ready to come to you, the. 11. of February. an. 1555.

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To the towne of Walden. 
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This letter was first printed in the 1563 edition and then printed in Letters of the Martyrs, pp. 269-74. It was reprinted in all subsequent editions of the Acts and Monuments. ECL 260, fos. 30r-31v is the orginal letter; copies of it are ECL 260, fos. 190r-192r and ECL 262, fos. 224-226v.

TO the faithfull and suche as professe the true doctrine of oure sauior Iesus Christ, dwelling at Walden and thereaboutes, Iohn Bradford, a most vnworthy seruant of the lord, now in bandes, & condemned for the same true doctrine, wisheth grace, mercy, and peace, with the encrease of all godlines in knowledge, & liuing, from god the father of all coumfort, through the deserts of our alone & ful redemer Iesus christ, by the mightie working of the most holy spirit, the comforter for euer. Amen.

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When I remēber how that by the prouidence & grace of god, I haue bene a man by whom it hath pleased him through my ministerye to call you to repentance and amendement of life, som thing effectually as it semed, and to sow amōgs you his true doctrine and religion, least that by my affliction and stormes now arisen to trie the faithful, and to cōforme them like to the image of the sonne of god, into whose cōpanye we are called, you might be faint harted, I coulde not but out of prisō secretly (for my kepers may not know that I haue pen and inke (to write vnto you a signification of the desire I haue, that you should not only be more confirmed in the doctrine I haue taught amōges you,) which I take on my death, as I shal aunswere at the daye of dome, I am perswaded to be gods assured, infallible, & plain truth) but also shuld after your vocatiō auow the same, by confessiō, professiō, and liuing: I haue not taught you (my dearly beloued in the lord) fables, tales, or vntruth, but I

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haue taught you the verity. as now by my blud gladly (praised be god therfore) I doe seale the same. In dede to cōfesse the truth vnto you, & to al the church of Christ, I do not think of my self but that I haue most iustly deserued, not onelye this kinde, but also all kindes of death & that eternally, for mine hipocrisy, vainglory, vnclennes, selfloue, couetousnesse, idlenes, vnthankfulnes, & carnal professing of gods holy gospel, lyuing therin not so purely, louingly, & painfully as I should haue done. The lord of mercye for the bloud sake of Christ pardō me, as I hope, yea, I certainly beleue, he hath done for his holy names sake thorow Christ. But my dearly beloued, you & al the hole world may see, & easilye perceiue, that the prelates persecute in me another thing thē mine iniquities, euen Christe himself, Christes veritie & truth, because I cannot, dare not, nor wil not, cōfesse Trāsubstantiation, & how that wicked mē, yea mise & dogges eating the sacramēt, which they terme of the aulter, therby ouerthrowing Christes holy supper vtterly, doe eate Christes natural & real bodye borne of the virgin Mary. To beleue, & cōfesse as gods word teacheth, the primatiue church beleued, & al the Catholike & good holy Fathers taught fiue. C. yeares at the least after Christe, that in the supper of the lord (which the masse ouerthroweth, as it doth Christes Priesthode, sacrifice, death & passiō, the ministery of his word, true faith, repētance, & al godlines) whole christ god and mā present by grace to the faith of the receiuer, but not of the stāders by, & lokers on, as bread & wine is to their sēses, wil not serue: and therfore I am cōdemned, & shalbee burned out of hand as an heretike. Wherfore I hartely thank my lord god that Wil and doth vouch me worthy to be an instrument in whō he himselfe doth suffer. For you see my affliction and death is not simply, because I haue deserued no lesse, but much more at his hands and iustice, but rather because I confesse his verity and truth, and am not affraid through his gift that to doe, that you also might be confirmed in his truth. Therfore my dearly beloued, I hartely do pray you, & so many as vnfainedly loue me in god, to geue with me and for me most harty thankes to our heauenly father through our swete sauiour Iesus Christ, for this his exceding great mercy towardes me & you also, that youre faithe wauer not frō the doctrine I haue taughte, & ye haue receiued. For what can you desire more to assure your consciences of the veritye taughte by your preachers, thē their own liues? Go to therfore my deare hearts in the lord, wauer not in Christes religion truely taughte you, and sette forth in king Edwardes dayes. MarginaliaGods truth cā neuer be kept vnder by the aduersaries.Neuer shal the enemies be able to burn it, to prison it, and kepe it in bonds,: vs they may prison, they may bind and burne, as they do and will doe, so long as shall please the lord: but our cause, religion, and doctrine whiche we confesse, they shal neuer be hable to vanquishe and put away. Theyr idolatry and popish religion shal neuer be builte in the consciences of men that loue gods truth. As for those that loue not gods truth, that haue no pleasure to walk in the waies of the Lorde, in those I saye the deuill shall preuaile. For God wil geue them stronge illusion to beleue lyes. Therfore deare brethren and sisters in the lord, I humblye beseche you, and praye you in the bowelles and bloude of oure Lorde and sauior

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