but also al other prisoners in other prisons for the lyke cause to be also famished: notwithstanding we write not these our letters to that entent we mought not aforde to be famished, for the Lord Iesus sake, but for this cause and entent, that they hauing no lawe so to famishe vs in prison, should not do it priuely, but that the murtherers hartes should be openly knowen to al the world, that al men may knowe of what church they are, and who is theyr Father.[Back to Top]
Out of the Castel of Caunterbury.
This account first appeared in the 1573 edition and remained unchanged in subsequent editions. It is based on official records sent to Foxe, some of which survive among Foxe's papers.
THese foresayd monethes of September, Nouember and December as they were troublesom to diuers other places, and especially to the dioces of Caunterbury by reason of the Archdeacō aboue named: so likewise they brought no litle busines in the contrey of Lichfield and Couentrey by a cruel Bishop there called Rauphe Bane, and a more cruell chauncellor named doctor Draycot, throughe þe fierce iniquisition of whō great stirre was there among the people, being there called to examination for their faith, & many caused to beare fagots who althoughe they were not put to the torment of death, yet because it may appere what a number there is in the contreyes of England a broade, which in theyre hartes haue a misliking of the popes romishe lawes and religion, if for feare they durst vtter theire minds therfore I thought to make a rehersal of their names, which in þe afore said dioces of Conuetry & Lichfeld were taken in suspicion & examined for theyr religion. In the number of whom first was Agnes Forman,
Was she a relative of the martyr John Foreman?.
The next moneth folowing, being October came vnder examination Ioice Lewes
gentelwomā, of whō we differ to speake, vntil þe next yere at what time she was burned. Furthermore among them that were detected and inioyned to the popishe penaunce, that is to beare fagotte, candel, and beades about in procession, were Tho. Norreis, Thomas Styffe, William Kayme, Roberte Catrenes, Thomas Smith, Ihon Borsleye the yonger. Item Ihon Waterhouse, agaynste whom came in witnes and accusers Richard Caterbanke, I. Edge, William Smith, Robert Cooke, laying against him for seldom cōming to the Church, for geuing no reuerence at the leuation of the Sacrament, but loking vpon his booke, for not kissing the paxe. &c. Robert Byssel,
The abjuration of Robert Byssel, M. A., of Birmingham, of his heretical opinions, especially his denial of the Real Presence survives in Foxe's papers: BL, Harley MS 421, fo. 83r.
The abjuration of Leonard West, parson of Little Packington, for his heresies, especially describing the mass as abominable, survives among Foxe's papers: BL, Harley MS 421, fo. 84r.
Articles objected against Richard Bayly of Whitacre, including his denial of the Real Presence and his denial of the power of the priest to absolve sin, survives among Foxe's papers: BL, Harley 421, fo. 87r-v.
The abjuration of Nicholas Cartwright, D. D., vicar of Nuncton, of his heretical opinions, including denial of the Real Presence, survives in Foxe's papers: BL, Harley 421, fo. 88r.
A denunciation of Richard Jurdane, priest, for various heretical opinions, including his statements that the mass was an abomination and a denial of the Real Presence, survives among Foxe's papers: BL, Harley MS 421, fo. 90r. Jurdane's abjuration of these opinions is BL, Harley MS 421, fo. 91r.
Articles against Crokel as a married priest survive among Foxe's papers: BL, Harley MS 421, fos. 59r-61r.
Articles against Henry (not Richard) Slavy as a married priest survive among Foxe's papers: BL, Harley MS 421, fos. 59r-61r.
Articles against Edward Hawkes as a married priest survive among Foxe's papers: BL, Harley MS 421, fos. 59r-61r.
Articles against Robert Aston as a married priest survive among Foxe'spapers: BL, Harley MS 421, fos. 59r-61r.
Articles against Henry Checke as a married priest survive among Foxe's papers: BL, Harley MS 421, fos. 59r-61r. Tecka looks like a mistake due to someone's faulty paleography when the Acts and Monuments was being printed.
These fornamed persones with many mo which folow the next yeare after, although they dyd subscribe and relent through feare of death: yet for this cause I do here recite them that by them it myght appeare, what a nomber there were not onely in the Countrye of Lichfeld, but also in other parties in hart set agaynst the Pope, if that feare rather then conscience had not cōpelled them to the contrary.[Back to Top]
Moreouer this present yeare, to wytte anno. 1556. was burned at Chester one Hoke, a true martyr of the Lord.