this Iohn Milles was. Whose wyfe was come the same mornynge vnknowyng vnto hym, being verye great with chylde, and lookyng euery houre for her lying downe. Whiche Boner asked hym, howe he lyked his lodgynge, and his fare.
Well, sayde he, if it would please GOD I might haue a litle strawe to lye or sitte vppon.
Then sayd Boner, that he the sayde Milles woulde shewe no token of a Christian manne. And vppon that, his wyfe came in, entreatyng the Byshoppe of her husbande, and sayinge that she woulde not goe out of the house, but there woulde laye her bellye in the Byshoppes house, vnlesse she hadde her housbande wyth her. How sayst thou (quod Boner) thou heretique? if thy wyfe miscarye, or thy child or chyldren, if she bee with one or two, should perysh, the bloude of them would bee required at thy handes. Then to this agremente he came, that shee shoulde hire a bedde in the towne of Fulham, and her housbande should go home with her the morowe after, vppon this condition that his kinseman there present (one Roberte Rousse) shoulde brynge the said Milles vnto his house at Paules the nexte daye.[Back to Top]
Wherevnto the sayde Mylles sayde he would not agree excepte he myghte goe home by and by. At lengthe his wyfe beynge importunate for her housbande, and seyng that she would goe no further, but there remayne vnlesse she hadde her housbande with her, the B. fearyng belyke the rumoure whiche might come vpon his house therby, bidde the sayd Milles make a Crosse and say: In nomine patris et filii, et spiritus sancti, Amen.[Back to Top]
Then the said Milles began to say: In þe name of þe Father, and of the Sonne, and of the Holy ghost. Amen. No, no. saieth Boner, say it me in Latin, In nomine patris et filii, et spiritus sancti Amen. Mylles vnderstandynge the matter of that Latin to bee but good, sayde the same,
The words 'makyng a crosse and knocking his breast' were eliminated here in the 1570 edition, probably because Foxe disapproved of such gestures.
makyng a crosse and knocking his breast. so went home with his wife, his foresayde kinsman being charged to bryng him the nexte daye vnto Paules, either elles sayde Boner if thou doest not bring him, thou arte an heretique as well as he. Notwithstanding the charge beyng no greater, his kinsman did not bryng him, but that he of his owne voluntary accorde came to the saide Bishoppe within a fewe dayes after, where the Bishoppe putte vnto him a certayne writing in Latin to subscribe vnto, conteining as it semed to him, no great matter that he neded greatly to sticke at, as he thoughte, albeit what the byll was he coulde not certaynelye tel. So subscribed he to þe
byl, & returned home.[Back to Top]
The scourgyng of Thomas Hinshaw.
The Scourging of Thomas Hinshaw
This account first appeared in the 1563 edition and was unchanged in subsequent editions. The account came from an individual informant, possibly Hinshaw himself.
JN the same Godly noumber, aboue mentioned, which were apprehended at Iselington,
MarginaliaA cōpanye cōgregated in a wood at Islingtōthere congregated together for their exercise of prayer and reading, was one Thomas Hynshawe, a young manne, of the age of. xix. or. xx. yeres, prentice in Paules churchyard with one maister Pugson:
Passages here describing the arrest of other apprentices along with Hinshaw were deleted from the 1570 edition.
where they being in good exercises, as ye haue heard, by false spies þe
matter was knowen to the Papistes, and immediately half a score sent to take them: which whē they came, chargyng thē in the Quenes name to obey notwithstanding some of them escaped away, and others were apprehended, to the number of. xx. or theraboutes, of the which nūber was this Thomas Hinshaw. Who wyth the rest, was caried to the Constables of Islington, and there euery one of them searched, and ledde foorthwith to the chiefe Iustice,
MarginaliaM. Chomley iustyce,
mayster Cholmeley, dwelling in the olde Baily in London, and by him then, the said Thomas was sēt to Newgate, and there remaining a gret space, withoute conference with anye aboute eyghte wekes, at the last was sēt for to Boner bishop of London, and by
MarginaliaBoner Harpsfyeld and Cole
him, Harpsfield and Cole examined: after whiche examination, he was sent to Newgate againe, where he remained a thre wekes following, which time being blowen ouer, he was sent for againe before the saide byshop, the day being Satterday, & with him had muche talke to litle purpose, and the next daye after also, whiche was Sonday, they perswaded with him very muche in like maner, and perceiuing they could not bend him vnto their bowe, in the afternoone, the bishop going vnto Fulham, toke him with him:
MarginaliaTho. Hinshaw caried to Fulham & ther set in the stockes with bread and water.
where immediatly after his comming, he was set in the stocks, remaining there al the first night, with breade and water. The next morning the bishop came & examined him himself, and perceiuyng no yelding to his minde, he sent maister Harpsfyelde to talk with him: after whose comming & long talke, he in the ende fell to raging wordes, calling the saide Thomas peuish boye, and asked him whether he thought he wēt about to dās his soule, or no. &c. Vnto which the said Thomas answered, that he was perswaded þt
they laboured to maintaine their dark and deuillish kingdom, and not for any loue to truthe. Then Harpsfield being in a mighty rage, told the byshop therof: wherat the bishop fumed & fretted, that scant for anger able to speake, he said: Doest thou answer my Archdeacon so, thou naughtie boy?
MarginaliaTho. Hinshaw beatē wth rods.
I shal handle thee wel inough, be assured: so he sent for a couple of roddes, and caused him to knele against a long bench in an arbour in his gardein, where the saide Thomas with out any enforcement of his part, offred himselfe to the beating, and did abide the fury of the said Boner,
MarginaliaThe boy was beholding to Boners grand paunche.
so long as the fat panched bishop could endure with breath, and till for wearinesse he was faine to cease, and geue place to his shame full act. he had two willow roddes, but he wasted but one, and so left of.[Back to Top]