The entire account of these martyrs, apart from a disgression added in 1570, first appeared in the 1563 edition. It was drawn from London diocesan records and from individual informants. Cuts were made to this material in the 1570 edition, but apart from the disgression just mentioned, nothing was added to the 1570 edition.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaAugust. 2.AMong the manyfolde matters mentioned in the hystoryes of this booke, I maruaile more at the great ouersight of some, thē at the malicious myndes, and monstrous doinges of others. It hath bene alwaies sene since Sathan broke lose, that prelates haue persecuted the poore people of Christ: but in my minde this is moste to be lamented, that noble men, men of honour, and worship woulde bee made suche ministers to serue the affections of these tyraunts, as they were in the sorowful dayes of the late quene Mary. For if thou diligenly marke (good Reader) herein the labours of euery state and degree in al tymes and yeares, who then sitteth so styl in worldly security, as doth the bloody byshops, vnles it be to practise pestilent policy, to bring such worthy men to serue their slauishe slaughter, to the poysoning of Christen soules, as here in this history thou mayest se, to the great griefe of a good hart.[Back to Top]
Thou remembrest (gentle reader) mencion was made a litle before pag. 1565. of. 22. which were sent vp prisoners together from Colchester to London by the Erle of Oxford, the L. Darcy, maister Tirrell of saint Osithes, and other commissioners & iustices &c. The which xxii. as is afore sayd through a certen gentle submission put vnto them, were after warde released and deliuered. In the number of these forsaid. xxii. was one MarginaliaFather, mother & daughter.William Moūt of much bently in Essex, husband man, with Alice hys wife, and Rose Alin maid, the daughter of the sayd Alice Mount, which comminge home agayne to their house at much Bentley afore sayde, refrayned them selues from the vnsauery seruice of the popish church, and frequented the companye of good men and women, which gaue them selues diligently to reding, inuocating, and callynge vpon the name of God through Christ, whereby it so freated the wicked priest of the town called MarginaliaThomas Tye priest a wycked promotor.sir Thomas Tye, and other lyke vnto him, that castynge their heades together, they made a pestilent supplication to the Lord Darcye, in the name of the whole parishe, the tenure whereof here after followeth.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaDecember. 1556.PLeaseth it your honorable Lordshyp to be aduertised that wee confesse, whylest your good Lordship lay here in the country, the people were stayed in good order, to our great cōfort: but since your Lordships departure, they
haue made digression from good order in some places, and namely in the parish of much Bentley, by reason of three sedicious persons, Wylliam Mount and hys wyfe, & Rose her daughter, who by their coulourable submission (as it doth appeare) were dismist and sent downe from the byshop of London. And synce theyr comming home, they haue not onelye in theyr own persons shewed manifest signes and tokens of disobedience, in not commyng to the church, nor yet obseruing other good orders: but also most maliciously and seditiously haue seduced many from commyng to the churche, and from obeying al other good orders, mocking also those that frequent the churche, and calling them church Owles, and blasphemouslye calling the blessed Sacrament of the altar a blynde God, with diuers suche lyke blasphemies. In consideration whereof, may it please your honour (for the loue of God, and for the tender zeale your good Lordshippe beareth to iustice, and common peace and quietnes of the kyng and Quenes maiesties louing subiects) to awarde out your warrant for the said Wylliam Mount his wife, and Rose her daughter, that they beinge attached and broughte before your good lordship, we trust the rest wyl feare to offend (theyr ryng leaders of sedition being apprehended) to the quietnes of other obedient subiectes.[Back to Top]
Your dayly Oratours the parishners
of much Bentley.
Thomas Tye Priest, Iohn Carter, Thomas Candeler, Iohn Barker, Richrd Mere, Iohn Paynter, VVilliam Harris, Iohn Ricarde, wyth others.
This being done, the sayde Syr Thomas Tye bethought with him selfe wher the persecuted dyd resorte (for in the beginninge of Quene Maries reygne, for a twelue moneth and more, he came not to church, but frequēted the company of godlye men and women, which abstayned from the same, and as they thought hee laboured to keepe a good conscience, but the sequele shewed him to be a false brother.) Now (as I sayd) he partly knowing the places of refuge for honest men, dyd further enquire of other about the same, and being therof sufficiently (as he thought) instructed to his purpose, immediatelye (aboute the tyme the supplication aboue specified, was exhibited to the saide Lorde Darcy) wrote secretly a letter to Boner bishoppe of London, wherein he maketh his accompt howe he had bestowed his time, and complained of diuers honest men, among the which was the sayde Wylliam Mount, and his companye. The tenure of which letter hereafter followeth.[Back to Top]
RIght honorable Lorde after my bounden duty don in most hūble wise, these shal be to signify vnto your lordship þe state of our parties concerning religion. And first since the cōming downe of the xxiiii. rancke heretickes dis