in the sacrament is cōteyned the body & bloud of our sauiour Iesu Christe, saying: this is the marke that ye shote at.
Confirmation.Item, we articulate, that the church holdeth and beleueth that confirmation is a sacrament in the chuche, and that by imposition of hands of a byshop, cometh grace.
He answereth, þt he knoweth not whether þe confirmation be a sacrament or not, & whether the B. geueth grace or not: he knoweth not the order and fashion of ministration.
Marginalia4Item, we articulate, that penance is a sacrament in þe church, & þt by auricular cōfessiō & absolutiō pronounced by þe prest, sinnes be forgeuē.
He answereth negatiuely, deniyng sinnes to be forgeuē by absolutiō pronounced of a priest, and that it is not necessary for a man to recite all his sinnes to a priest.
Marginalia5Item, we articulat against thee, þt the church doth beleue & hold, þe same autoritie to be now in þe church, which Christ gaue to his apostles.
He answereth negatiuely, for þt the churche hath not the same power & strength to worke.
Marginalia6Item, we articulate, þt the church beleueth & holdeth þt þe order of ministers, now being in þe church of christ, is instituted of christ him self.
He answereth þt he beleueth not þe bishops to be þe successors of Thapostles, for þt they be not called as they were, nor haue that grace.
Marginalia 7 Head of the churche.
Head of the churche.Itē, we articulate, þt the church beleueth and holdeth, the Pope to be supreme head in the church & the vicar of Christ in earth.
He answereth, that it is not the Pope, but it is the deuill that is supreme head of the church which you speake of. Marginalia8Itē, we articulate, þt the church doth holde & beleue þt it is necessary to be baptised. He denieth not the same.
Marginalia9Itē, we articulate, þt the church doth holde & beleue, that ther is a purgatory, and that the soules of the dead be relieued with the almoise and prayers of the lyuing.
He answereth & saith, as touching purgatory he will not beleue as their church doth beleue.
Marginalia10Itē, we articulat, þt the church holdeth & beleueth, þt matrimony is a sacramēt of the church.
In the 1563 edition, Foxe records that Benbridge was asked at this point why he did not marry one Mary Newton and Benbridge said that there was good reason why, but he would not declare it. It is obvious that Mary Newton was Benbridge's betrothed and it is also obvious why this passage was never reprinted.[Back to Top]
Moreouer, happening into the mention of MarginaliaM. Luter.Martin Luther, he sayeth: that the sayd M. Luther died a good christen man, whose doctrine & lyfe he doth approue and allowe.
THus haue ye the articles ministred by the B. and also the answers of the sayd maister Benbrige vnto the same, for the which he was then condēned, & after brought to the place of
martyrdome, by the sherife called sir Rycharde Pecksall, where as he standyng at the stake began to vntie his poyntes, & to prepare him self. First he gaue his gown to the keper, being belyke his fee. his ierkin was layde on with gold lace fayre and braue, which he gaue to sir Rychard Pecksall, the hyghe sherife. His cappe of veluet he toke of from his head, and threwe it awaye, saying: Qui potest capere capiat, ketch that ketch may, Then lifting his mynd to the Lord, he made his prayers.[Back to Top]
That done, being now fastened to the stake, D. Seaton wylled him to recant and he should haue his pardon: but when he sawe it preuayled not to speake, the sayd naughtie D. wylled the people not to pray for him (onlesse he wold recant) no more thē they would pray for a dog.
Maister Benbrige standing at the stake wt his hādes together, in such maner as the priest holdeth his hands in his memento, the sayd D. Seatō came to hym again & exhorted him to recant, vnto whome he sayde: away Babylon, away: then sayde one that stode by. Syr, cut out his tongue: and another, being a temporal mā, rayled on hym worse then D. Seaton did a great deale, who (as is thought) was set on by some other.[Back to Top]
Then when they sawe he wold not yeld, they bad the tormētors to set to fire, & yet he was no thyng lyke couered with faggottes. First the fire toke awaye a pece of his berde, whereat he nothing shrāk at al: then it came on þe other side & toke his legs, & the nether stocks of his hose being lether, made the fire to perce the sharper, so þt the intollerable heate thereof mae hym to crie, MarginaliaM. Benbrige recanted at the stake.I recant, & sodenly theron he thrust the fire from him. And hauing ii. or iii. of his frēdes by, that wyshed his life, stept to the fire & holpe to take it frō him also, who for their labour were sent to pryson. MarginaliaSyr R. Pecksall.The sherife also of his own autoritie toke him from the stake, & sent hym to pryson again, for the which he lay in the Flete for his labour a certain tyme.
Sir Richard Pexall, the sheriff of Hampshire, was also summoned before the privy council to answer for his failure to carry out the execution (see APC VI, pp. 371-72).
Whatever the sincerity of Benbridge's recantation, it was not enough in any case to save his life. A letter from the privy council to Sir Richard Pexall ordered that Benbridge be executed even if his recantation was sincere (APC VI, p. 361).
The Lord geue his enemies repētaunce.