whose names folowe here vnderwrytten.
Ihon Herst of Ashford.
Alyce Snoth widowe.
These fyue to close vp the finall rage of Quene Maries persecution, for the testimony of the word, for which so many had dyed for before, gaue vp theyre lyues, mekely and paciently suffering the violent malyce of the Papistes. Which papistes althoughe then might haue eyther well spared them, or els differred their death, knowing of the sicknes of Quene Mary: yet such was the implacable despite of that generation, that some there be that saye, the Archdecon of Caunterbury the same time being at London, and vnderstanding the daunger of the Quene, incontinently made al post hast home, to dispatch these, whō before he had then in his cruell custody.[Back to Top]
The matter why they were iudged to the fyer was, for beleuing the body not to bee in the sacrament of the aulter vnlesse it be receaued, saying more ouer þt we receaue an other thing also, besyde Christes body, which we se & is a temporall thinge, according to S. Paule Nam quæ videntur temporalia sunt. &c.
Nam quae videntur temporalia sunt. etc.
those thinges that be sene, be temporal. &c.
quae enim videntur temporalia sunt
quae autem non videntur aeterna sunt
[N.B. Latin text not quoted in1570and later]
quia nemo habet filium, nisi ei datum fuerit a patre. etc.
Because no man hath the sonne except it be geuen him of the father.
omnis qui negat Filium nec Patrem habet qui confitetur Filium et Patrem habet.
Cauete a simulachris.
Beware of Images.
[filioli] custodite vos a simulacris.
Item, for confessing that wee should not praye to our Lady, and other Saintes, because they be not omnipotent.
For these and such other articles of christiā doctrine, were these fyue committed to the fyer. MarginaliaAn example of Goddes workes to be noted.Against whom when the sentence should be red, and they excomunicate, after the maner of the Papistes, one of them, Ihon Cornforth by name, styrred with a vehement spirit of the zeale of God, proceading in a more trew excommunication against the papistes, in the name of them all, pronoūced sentence against them in these words as folow.[Back to Top]
In the name of our Lord Iesus Christ the sonne of the most mighty God, and by the power of hys holye spirite, and the authority of hys holye catholyque, and apostolique Churche, wee do geue here into thee handes of Satan, to be destroyed, the bodies of all those blasphemers, and heretiques, that doth maintaine any error agaynst his most holy word, or do condemne his most holy truth[Back to Top]
for heresy, to the maintenaunce of any false church, or fayned religion, so that by this thy iust iudgement, O moste myghtye God, against thy aduersaries, thy true religion may be knowen to thy greate glory, and our comforte, and to the edifieng of al our nation: good Lord, so be it. Amen.
This sentēce of examination being the same time openlye pronounced, and registred, proceading so, as it seameth from an inward faith and an harty zeale to gods truth and religion, toke such effect against the enemies, that with in sixe dayes after Quene Mary died, and the tiranny of all english papistes with her. Albeit, not withstanding the sickenes and death of that Quene, wherof they were not ignorant, yet the Archdeacon with other of Canterbury thought to dispatche the martirdome of these men before.[Back to Top]
In the which facte, the tiranny of this Arch deacon seameth to excede the cruelty of Boner who not with stāding he had certeyn the same time vnder his custody, yet he was not so importunate in haling thē to þe fier, as appeareth by father Liuing and his wife, who being the same time vnder the custodye and daunger of Boner, deliuered by the death of Mary, be yet alyue. Concerning the which Father lyuing and his wyfe, for so much as wee haue entred here to the mentiō of them, we thought also to touch here by the waye, theyre examynation before Darbishere, Boners Chauncellor, in the same forme of wordes as hee hath penned it himselfe.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaThe story and examination of father Liuåg & his wife,ABout this time, toward this latter ende of Quene Mary, shee then being sycke, came one Cox a Promoter to the house of a William Lyuing, about. vi. of the clocke, accompanied with one Iohn Laūce of the grayhounde. (They being not ready) they demaunded for buttons, sayinge they shuld be aswel paied for thē, as euer was any: and he would come about. iii. houres after agayne for them. In the meane whyle he hadde gotten the Constable called Maister Deane, and George Hancocke the Bedyll of that warde, and searchinge hys bookes founde a booke of astronomy, called the worckes of Iohānes de sacrobusto de sphæra, with figures some rounde, some triangle, some quadrate, which booke bicause it was gylted, semed to hym the chiefest booke there. And that hee carryed open in the strete, saying: I haue founde hym at length.[Back to Top]