by the Bishop to returne to the Catholyke vnity of the Churche, sayth boldlye to him agayne: MarginaliaThe wordes of Ione Lashford at her last examination.if ye wyll leaue of your abhomination, so I wyll retourne, and otherwyse I wyll not.
Wherevppon the Bishoppe yet agayn promisyng her pardon of all her errours (as he called them) if she would be conformed, to thys she aunswered agayne, sayinge vnto the Byshoppe: Do as it pleaseth you, and I pray God that you maye dooe that maye please GOD. And thus she constantlye perseuerynge in the Lordes holy truthe, was by the sentence diffinitiue condemned, and committed vnto the Sheriffes, MarginaliaIanuary. 27by whome the foresayde. xxvii. daye of Ianuarye,
The date of the execution of Whittle, Green and the others has been disputed. The normally reliable London diarist Henry Machyn states that it took place on 22 January (The Diary of Henry Machyn, ed. J. G. Nichols, Camden Society, original 42 , p. 99). The chronicler Charles Wriothesley supports Foxe in stating that Whittle and the others were executed on 27 January. The dates of two of Green's letters further confirm the date of 27 January as that of his execution.[Back to Top]
The deaths of these martyrs were merely listed in the Rerum. These accounts first appeared in the 1563 edition and were substantially unchanged in subsequent editions. (Although one detail, that of Sir John Norton weeping at Joan Catmer's execution, was added in the 1570 edition. These accounts were almost entirely based on diocesan records of Canterbury, now lost.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaIanuary. 31.AFter these seuen, aboue rehearsed, martyred together at Smythefyelde, shortly after in the same moneth the. 31 daye of Ianuarye, foloweth another lyke felowshippe of godlye Martyrs at Canterburye, foure women and one manne, whose names here follow in the Catologe vnder wrytten. MarginaliaMartrys.
JOhn Lomas of the paryshe of Tenderden detected and presented of that Religion whiche the Papistes call Heresye, and cited vppon the same to appeare at Canterburye, examyned there of the fyrste artycle, whether he dooeth beleue the Catholique Churche or no, aunswereth and sayeth, that he beleueth so muche as is conteyned in Goddes booke, and no more. Then beyng assigned to appeare agayne vnder the paine of Lawe the next Wednisday come seuen night, which was the seuen tene daye of Ianuarye, the sayde Lomas examyned whether hee woulde bee confessed of a Prieste or no, he aunswered and sayde, MarginaliaThe wordes of Ihō Lomas at his condemnation.that he fyndeth it not written that he should be confessed to anye Priest in Goddes booke, neyther wyll he bee confessed, vnlesse he be accused by some manne, of sinne. Agayne examined whether he beleue the body of Christe to bee in the sacrament of the altar really vnder the formes of breade and wyne, after the consecration or no: He aunswered and sayde that he beleued no realtye of Christes bodye to be in the sacra-[Back to Top]
ment, MarginaliaRealtye of Christ neyther vnder forme nor trestyll.neyther fyndeth he wrytten that he is there vnder fourme or trestill, but he beleueth so muche as is wrytten.
Notice how complicated and sophisticated the articles used in Canterbury were compared to those used in London.
AGnes Snothe maide, of the parish of Smarden, lykewise accused and cyted for the true profession of Christes religion, was dyuers tymes examined before the Pharasaicall Iudges. Who there compelled to aunswer to such articles and interrogatories as should be mynistred vnto her, MarginaliaConfession auriculer.fyrst denyed to be confessed to a Priest, notwithstanding she is so contented to confesse her offenses as one to another, but not auricularly to any priest. And as touchyng the Sacrament of the altar she protesteth MarginaliaThe sacrament howe to be receiued.that if she or any other dooe receyue the Sacrament so as Christe deliuered it, and as hys Apostles after hym did deliuer it, that then she and they dooe receyue it to theyr coumfort. But as it is nowe vsed in the Churche, she sayeth that no man can otherwyse receiue it then to his damnation as she doth thinke. MarginaliaPenance is denied to be a sacramēt.Afterwarde beyng examined agayn concernyng penaunce, whether it be a sacrament or no, she plainly denieth the same, and that the popish maner of their absolution is not consonant to the woorde, nor necessary to be taken, with suche other like agreyng with the aunsweres and confession of Iohn Lomas before mentioned. Whereuppon the sentence likewyse being redde, she was cōmitted to the Sheriffes of Canterbury, and so suffryng martirdome with the reste, declared her selfe a perfecte and constante wytnesse of Christe and of his truthe, the. xxxi. day of Ianuarye.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaAuricular confession. AGainst Anne Albright lykewise appering before the iudge and his Colleages, it was also obiected concernyng the same matter of cōfession. Wherevnto she aunswereth in these woordes and sayeth: that she wyll not be confessed of a prieste, and addeth moreouer speakynge vnto the Priestes, MarginaliaThe wordes of Anne Albright to the prieststhat you Priests are the chyldren of perdition, and can doe no good by youre confession. And lykewyse speaking vnto the Iudge and hys assistauntes, tolde theym that they were subuerters of Chrystes truthe.[Back to Top]