The entire account of these martyrs appeared in the 1563 edition and remained unchanged.
MarginaliaMaye. 26THou hast heart (good brother) of the forenamed thre that were burnte at Norwyche, whose bloude quenched not the persecutyng thurst of the Papystes. For immediatelye after, euen the same moneth, vpon the. xxvi. day, was seen the lyke murther also at Colchester in Essex, of two men and a woman, lyinge there in pryson, appointed ready to the slaughter, who wer brought forth the sayde daye vnto a place prepared for them to suffer, and accordingly gaue theyr liues for the testimony of þe truth, whose names likewise hereafter followeth.[Back to Top]
These three good soules were broughte vnto the stake, and there ioyfully and feruentlye hadde made theyr prayers vnto the Lorde. At the laste beyng settled in theyr places, and chayned vnto theyr Postes, wyth theyr fyre flamyng fiercely rounde about them, they lyke constante Christyans tryumphantlye praysed God within the same, and offered vp their bodies a liuelye sacrifyce vnto his holy maiesty, in whose habitation they haue nowe theyr euerlasting tabernacles: his name therfore bee praysed for euermore. Amen.[Back to Top]
See 1563, pp. 1523-27; 1570, pp. 2095-97; 1576, pp. 1807-09 and 1583, pp. 1914-16. Richard George was the husband of Christian George.
☞ In the moneth of Iune came out a certayne Proclamation, shorte, but sharpe, from the King and the Quene agaynste wholesome and godly bokes, which vnder the false tytle of heresy and sedition, here in the saide Proclamation were wrongfullye condemned.
This proclamation was printed in every edition of the Acts and Monuments. The signature of John Cawood, the queen's printer, at the bottom, indicates that the proclamation was printed from a printed copy, not a copy in one of the episcopal registers. [Hughes, P. L. and Larkin, J. F. (eds.), Tudor Royal Proclamations, II (New Haven: 1969), p. 90].[Back to Top]
WHereas dyuers bookes, filled bothe with heresye, sedition, and treason haue of late, and be dayly brought in to this Realme, oute of forrein coun
treys and places beyonde the seas, and some also couertlye prynted within this Realm, and caste abrode in sundrye partes thereof, whereby not onely God is dishonoured, but also an encouragement geuen to disobey lawfull princes & gouernors: The King and Quenes maiesties, for redresse hereof, doth by this theyr present proclamation, declare and publyshe to all theyr subiectes, that whoso euer shall after the proclayming hereof, be found to haue any of the sayde wicked and seditious bookes, or findyng them, doe not forthwith burne the same, with oute shewyng or readyng the same to anye other person, shall in that case bee reputed and taken for a rebell, and shall without delaye bee executed for that offense accordyng to thorder of Martiall lawe.[Back to Top]
Geuen at our manor of sainct Iameses, the sixt daye of Iune.
Ihon Cawood printer.
This account of the Islington congregation and the seven members of it who were martyred first appeared in the 1563 edition, except for the short but detailed biography of Roger Holland which first appeared in the 1570 edition. This material was unchanged in subsequent editions.
MarginaliaIune. 27SEcretely in a backe close, in the fielde by the towne of Islington wer collected and assembled together a certaine company of godly and innocent persones, to the number of fourty, menne and women. Who there sitting together at prayer, and vertuously occupied in the meditatiō of gods holy word first commeth a certain man to thē vnknowē: who loking ouer vnto them, so stayed and saluted them, saying that they looked like mē that ment no hurte. Then one of the said company asked the man, if he coulde tell whose close that was, and whether they myghte bee so bolde there to sitte. Yea, sayde hee, for that ye seme vnto me suche persones as entende no harme, and so departed. Within a quarter of an houre after, commeth the Constable of Iselyngton, named Kynge, MarginaliaKing. Cōstable of Islyngton. warded with syxe or seuen other, accompanying hym in the same busynesse, one with a bowe, an other with a byll, and other with theyr weapons likewise.[Back to Top]
The whiche sixe or seuen persones the sayde Constable lefte a lyttle behynde hym in a close place, there to bee ready yf nede shoulde bee, whyle he with one wyth hym shoulde go and viewe them before. Who so dooyng, came throughe them, lookynge and viewyng what they were doynge, and what bookes they had: and so goynge a lyttle forwarde, and retournyng backe agayne, badde them delyuer theyr bokes.[Back to Top]