with one voice assenting and consenting there vnto, and in no one point distaunt or disagreing from any our former articles.
Apparaunt also let it be and knowen, that being of the former articles before the bloudye Byshop examined, the daye and tyme, we affirmed to beleue all that he or they woulde approue by the scriptures. But he sayde that he would not stande to proue it with heretickes but sayde, they them selues were the holye churche, and that we ought to beleue them, or els to be cut of lyke wythered braunches.[Back to Top]
Marginaliaxiii. of these were. Martyrs. as is afore said.|
Lion a Cawche.
The 1563 account of persecution at Lichfield was based entirely on recordsof the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield. In 1570, one story was dropped and replaced with a story of the death of Thomas Flier, which came from individual informants.
Rauphe Bane B. of Couētry and Lichefield, a cruell persecutor.IN the dioces of Lychefield, about the xiiii. daye of Iune in the same yeare, Iohn Colstoke,
One John Colstock signed the confession issued by Richard Woodman in the King's Bench in 1555 (Gonville and Caius MS 218, p. 30). If it is the same man, he was in prison in London in 1555.
Amongest diuers other whiche in the same dioces, and the same tyme were suspected and examined for the lyke, as Tho. Flyer of Vttopater Shomaker, Nicholas Ball of Vttopater Capper, Thomas Pyot of Chekley, itē Henry Crimes,
MarginaliaMarying in Lent punyshed.for marying his wyfe on Palmsōday euen &c. some also were which had the lyke penaunce inioyned them, as
Thomas Iohnson for swearyng by the holy masse did penanceThomas Ihonson, about the xxvi. day of this moneth of Iune, because he sware by the holy masse before the byshop, sittyng in iudgemēt: for the same he was dryuen to go before the crosse with his taper and beades &c.
Tho. Barnes & Elice Byrche accused.The daye followyng, beyng the xxvii. day of Iune, one Thomas Barnes and Elice Byrch in the same dioces of Lychefield, were detected by Thomas Pyot to doctor Dracot the Chauncelour. The matter whereupon they were denounced was this. They rydynge together to Leeke fayre, after the death of kynge Edwarde, one of them sayd: it was a straunge
thyng to heare twoo Queenes proclaymed in one realme. And the other aunswered, saying: it was great pitie. for that woulde bee an occasion of muche vnquietnes. Then sayde thone to the other: if the one obteyne, we shall haue the newe lawe styll. And if the other obteyne, we shall haue the olde masse agayne. Whereunto he made answere agayne, saying: if his dagger were in his belly that sayde the fyrst masse, he cared not. Vpon these woordes Draycotte the Chauncelor asked him whether he was an heretick in so saying, or whether he had the same tyme an euill opinion of the masse or not. his aunswer was, that the trusted he was no hereticke: albeit he denied not at the speakynge of those wordes, but that he thought the masse to be abhominable and detestable, for the whiche wordes, after his submission, yet was he condēned to to bere a fagot, with beades and his taper before the crosse. &c.[Back to Top]
This account first appeared in the 1563 edition; no changes were made to it in subsequent editions.
Thomas Parret signed a confession of faith drawn up Richard Woodman in the King's Bench in 1555 (Gonville and Caius MS 128, p. 30). Obviously Parret had been detained in prison for some time.
The entire account of these three martyrs first appeared in the 1563 edition and it was unchanged in subsequent editions. Despite the fact that Foxe clearly had access to the official records of their trials (the condemnations of Bernard, Foster and Lawson survive among Foxe's papers as BL, Harley MS 421, fos. 164r-165v and 179r-180r), he relied on individual informants for these accounts.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaIune. 30. MarginaliaRoger Barnard.WHen Roger Bernard came before the Byshop, the byshop asked him whether he had bene with the priest at Easter to be shriuen, & whether he had receiued the blessed sacrament of the altar or no. vnto whome Roger Bernard aunswered no: I haue not beene with the priest, nor confessed my selfe vnto hym, but I haue confessed my sinnes vnto almightie God, and I trust he hath forgeuen me: wherefore I shall not nede to goe to the priest for such matters, who can not helpe him selfe.[Back to Top]
Byshop. Surely Bernard thou must neades go and confesse thy selfe vnto hym.
Roger. That shall I not doe (by Gods grace) whyle I liue.