This was actually what Agnes Potten said (BL, Harley 421, fo. 191v).
In the 1563 edition, all Foxe had was a brief statement that these three martyrs were burned at Salisbury in March 1556. Foxe further complained that he had not seen any official records regarding these martyrs. This account, which first appeared in the 1570 edition, seems to have been based entirely on information supplied by individual informants. But before this another informant had sent anecdotes about Maundrel and Spicer to Foxe which Foxe received as the 1563 edition was nearing completion; these were printed in an appendix to the edition (1563, p. 1734). Except for Maundrel's remark that statues of the saints were good to roast a shoulder of mutton, which was inserted into this account in the 1570 edition (see 1563, p. 1734), these anecdotes were never integrated into the account of these three martyrs.[Back to Top]
Note Foxe's comment in the 1563 edition that he had no further information about these martyrs 'by Register' or from these friends. Foxe never acquired official records on these martyrs but as the 1563 edition was nearing completion and before the 1570 edition was printed he received quite a bit of information from individual informants.[Back to Top]
ther for the loue of worldly pleasure, or for fear of bodely death to slip wilfully frō the knowē truthe.
The arrest of these six martyrs, the petition four of them made to the lord chancellor and their answers to the articles charged against them all first appeared in the 1563 edition. The condemnation of Tyms and the other martyrs also first appeared in this edition. This material came entirely from Bishop Bonner's official records; probably from a now lost court book.[Back to Top]
In the 1570 edition, Foxe added the narrative of Tyms's life and arrest, which came from a personal informant and an expanded account of the examination of Tyms on 23 March 1556. This last came from William Aylesbury an eyewitness to the examination. Foxe also added Tyms' articles and answers to this edition. There were no changes to this account in the 1576 and 1583 editions.[Back to Top]
ABout the xxiiii. daye of Aprill, Anno Do. 1556. were burned in Smythfield at one fyre, these six constant martyrs of Christes suffering for the profession of the Gospel, viz. MarginaliaMartyrs.
Robert Drakes Minister.
Wylliam Tyms Ioyner.
Rychard Spurge Shereman.
Thomas Spurge Fuller.
Iohn Cauell Weauer.
George Ambrose Fuller.
They were all of Essex, and so of the dioces of London, and were sent vp by the Lord Rich and others, at sundrie tymes vnto Stephen Gardiner Byshop of Wynchester, then Lorde Chauncelor of England, about the xxii. day of Marche An. 1555. Who vpon smal examination, sent them some vnto the kynges Bench,
More accurately, Gardiner sent Tyms back to the King's Bench as Tyms must have been in the King's Bench before 12 March 1555.
In a passage excised from the 1570 edition, Foxe states that this petition was taken from Bishop Bonner's official records.
MarginaliaA supplicatiō vnto the L. Chauncelor.MAy it please your honourable good Lordship, for the loue of God, to tēder the humble suit of your Lordships poore Oratours, whose names are subscribed, whiche haue lyen in great miserie in the Marshalsea, by the space of x. monethes and more, at the cōmaundement of the late L. Chauncelor, to their vtter vndoing, with their wiues and children. In consideration whereof your L. sayd Oratours do most humbly pray and beseche your good L. to suffer them to be brought before your honor & there, if any man of good conscience can laye any thing vnto our charge, we trust either to declare our innocēcy against their accusatiōs, or if otherwise their accusations can be proued true & we faultie, we are ready (God helpyng vs) with our cōdigne punishments to satisfie þe lawe, according to your wyse iudgement, as we hope full of fatherly mercy towards vs and al men, according to your godly office, in þe which we pray for your godly successe to þe good pleasure of God, Amen.[Back to Top]