kneled before them to haue this open punyshement to be released, for as muche as they were seruauntes of so worshypfull a compapanye, and that they myght be punyshed in their owne hall before the Wardens and certen of the company. At length it was graunted them, but with a condition, as some sayde, as shalbe hereafter declared. Then were they sent before the maisters the nexte daye, to the Hall, both their maisters beyng also present, and there were layde to their charges, the heynous offenses and crymes that they had committed, and that they were both heretikes and traytours, and had deserued death for the same, and this was declared with a long processe by the maister of the companie, whose name was maister Broke, declaring what great laboure and sute the Mayor and the Wardens had for them, to saue them from death, whiche they (as he sayde) had deserued, and from open shame, which they shold haue had, being iudged by the cōsaile to haue ben whipped. iii. dayes through the city at a carts tayle, and from these ii. daungers had they labored to deliuer thē from, but not without greate sute and also charge. For sayth he, the company hath promised vnto the counsell for this their mercy and fauour shewed towardes them, being of such a worshipful company, a hundreth poūds. notwithstanding we must se thē ponished in our hall within our selues for those their offēses. After these & many other wordes, he commaunded them to prepare them selues to haue their punyshement. then were they put asunder, and were stripped from the waste vpwarde, one after the other, and had in to the hall, and in the myddest of the hall, where they vse to make their fyre, ther was a great rynge of Iron, to the which there was a rope tied fast, and one of their feate ther to fast tyed T.hen came two men down, disguised in mommers apparel, with vysors on their faces, and they bet vs with greate roddes vntill the bloud did followe in our bodies. As cōcernyng this Wilmot, he could not lye in his bed vi. nyghtes after. For Broke playde the tyrant with them: so it was, that with the beatiug and the flight, and feare, they were neuer in health synce, as the sayde Wilmot with his owne mouthe hathe credyblye ascertayned vs therof, & we can no lesse but testifie the same.[Back to Top]
Thus haue we briefly rehersed this lytle tragedye, wherein ye maye note the malyce of the enemies at all tymes to those whiche professe Christ, and take his part, of what estate or degree soeuer they be of, accordyng to the Apostles saying: it is geuen vnto you not onely to beleue, but also to suffer with him, to whome be honour and glorye, Amen.[Back to Top]
Next after these two aboue specified, followeth the beating of one Thomas Grene, who
in the tyme of Quene Mary, was caused lykewyse to be scourged & beaten by Doctor Story. what the cause was, here followeth in his story and examination to be seene, whiche he penned with his owne hande, as the thyng it selfe wyll declare to the reader therof. The copie and wordes of the same, as he wrote them, here followe, wherein as thou mayest note (gentle reader) the symplicitie of the one, so I praye thee, marke agayne the crueltie of the other.[Back to Top]
IN the reigne of Queene Mary, one Thomas Grene, beyng apprehended and brought before Doctor Story, by his own maister, named Iohn Wayland the Promoter, being then a Prynter, for a booke called Antichriste,
The book is almost certainly John Olde's translation of Rudolph Gualter's Antichrist (STC 25009), printed in Emden in 1556.
And so then Story sent for me, and asked whether I would tell him the truthe where I had the booke, and I sayde I had tolde him, of a Frenchman: and he asked me where I came acquainted with the Frenchman, and wher he dwelt, and where he deliuered me the booke, & I saide: I came acquainted with him in Newgate, I coming to my frendes which were put in for Gods word & truthes sake: and the Frēch man cōming to his frendes also, there we dyd talke together & became acquainted one with another, & did eate & drinke together ther with our frēds, in þe fear of God. And Story mocked[Back to Top]