sedicious and rebellious persone, of which facte he was most cleane and innocent. Being then farther demaunded (vpon the contents of the eight article) where hee had the bloud he wrote that letter withal: he said that Richard Rothe, sometime his prison fellowe did make his nose bleede, and therby hee got the bloud wherwith he did then wryte. The byshop agayne asked him to whom he would haue sent the same: he answered, vnto one Agnes Smyth alias Syluersyde of Colchester. Why (quod the byshop) Agnes Smith was an hereticke, and is burned for heresye. Naye, sayd Allerton, she is in better case, then ether I my selfe, or any of vs al. Then being again demaunded (vpon þe ninth obiection) to whō he would haue sente the letter mencioned in the same: he answered, that hee ment to haue sent it vnto Richard Roth, at that present separated from him. Wherupon the Byshoppe farther enquired, what hee mente by these woordes (brethren, and sisterne) specified in the sayd letter. He answered that hee mente therby, such as were lately condēpned at Colchester, & wer like (at þe writing therof) shortly to be burned. Now, as for the contentes of the. x. and. xi. articles he vtterly denied them. But to the. xii. he confessed, that he did wryte vpon the sayd trencher and other boards, the wordes mencioned in the sayd article, & that he did leaue the same in the prison house, to thintente that Richard Roth shoulde reade them. Boner also bringing out the wooden sword, mencioned in the sayde article, asked him who had made it, and for what purpose. Wherunto hee answered, that hee was the maker therof, howbeit for no euyll purpose. But being ydell in the prison, & finding there an olde boarde, he thought the time better spēt in making therof, then to sitte stil and do nothing at all.[Back to Top]
The fore noone beynge nowe spente, the rest of this tragedye was differred vntill the after none. Wherin was ministred vnto him yet certain other obiections, the tenure wher of was.
Marginalia1.First, that he hadde misliked the masse, calling vpon saintes & carieng the crosse in procession, with other theire reremonies, callinge them idolatrye, and also had disswaded them there from.
Marginalia2.Item, that he was muche desirous to haue the people beleue as he did, and therfore being in prison with his fellowes did singe psalmes and other songes against the sacrament of the aulter and other ordinaūces of the church, so loud, that the people abroad might here them and delight in them.
Marginalia3.Item, that he had diuers times conspired against his keper, and had prouided thinges to kill him, and so to breake the prisonne and es-
Marginalia4.Item, that he had railed against the Byshop being his Ordinarye, callinge him a bloudye boucher, tirant, and rauening woulfe, and al so agaynst his officers, especially Clunye, his summoner, calling him bouchers Cur, with other suche names.
Marginalia5.Item, that he had murmured, grudged, disdained, and misliked, that the Bishop had proceded against certein of his dioces, and had cōdemned them as heretickes: or that he shoulde procede now against hym & others, yet remaining in errors, not withstanding that he and his chapleyns had charitably admonished and exhorted them from the same.[Back to Top]
Marginalia6.Item, that he oughte faithfully to beleue, that there is one catholike churche, withoute the which there is no saluation: of the which churche Iesus Christe is the very prieste and sacrifice, whose bodye and bloud is really and truly conteined in the sacramēt of the aulter, vnder the formes of bread and wine: the bread and wyne being by the diuine power transubstanciated into his body and bloud.[Back to Top]
Marginalia7.Item, that he had kept him selfe, & also distributed to others certeine hereticall and corrupt bookes, condemned and reproued by the lawes of this Realme.
Marginalia8.Item, that he had, contrary to the orders & statutes of this realme, kepte company wyth that sedicious hereticke and traitour, George Eagles, cōmenly called Trudgeouer, & had heard him read in woods and other places, yet not accusing, but allowing and praising him.
Vnto which articles, because they were for the moste parte, so folishe and full of lies, he would in a maner make no answere, sauinge he graunted that he did mislike theire masse and other ceremonies, because they were wicked and naught. And moreouer he toulde the Bishop that he and his complices did nothing but seeke how to kill innocents. The byshop then asked him, whether he woulde beleue in all pointes touching the sacrament of the aultar, as is conteined in the generall counsell holden and kepte vnder Innocentius tertius: and therwithall he did reade the decree of the said councel, touching the sacrament, whereunto Allerton agayne made answere & saide: I beleue nothing conteined in the same Coūcell, neather haue I any thing to do therwith and it were also very necessarye that no man els should haue to do therwith. Then (quod Boner) thou art of the opinion that the heretickes latelye burned at Colchester were of. Yea (said he) I am of their opinions, and I beleue that they be saints in Heauen. This don the Byshop perceiuing that he would not recant, demaunded what he had to say, why he should not pronounce the sentence of condēnation against him, to whom he answered: ye[Back to Top]