MarginaliaThe story of Ihon Fetty.Amongst those that were persecuted & myserably emprisoned for the profession of christs Gospell, and yet mercyfully delyuered by the prouidence of God, there was one Iohn Fettye,
This account first appeared in the 1563 edition and was based on the personal testimony of an individual informant or informants. No substantive change was made to this account in subsequent editions.
if he had any strawe or blood in hys mouth: but what he ment therby, I leaue to the iudgment of the Godly wise.
MarginaliaThe cruell handelinge and scourging of Ihon Fetties child.After hee had thus layen in the prison by the space of. xv. dayes, hanging in the stockes, sometyme by the one leg & the one arme, some tyme by the other, and otherwhiles by both, it happened that one of hys Children, (a prety boye, of the age of seuen or eyght yeares) came vnto the Byshoppes house to see yf hee could gette leaue to speake with his father. At his comming thither, one of the Byshopes Chaplaynes met with him, and asked hym what he lacked, and whom hee would haue. The Child answered that he came to see hys Father. The Chaplaine asked agayne, who was his Father. The boye then tolde hym and poynting towardes Lollardes Tower, shewed hym that hys Father was there in prison. Why (quod the Priest) thy Father is an Hereticke. The Childe, being of a bolde and quicke spiryte, and also godlye brought vp and instructed by hys father in the knowledgeof God, answered and sayde: my Father is no Heretique: but you are an Heretique For yee haue Baalams marke. With that the Priest tooke the childe by the hande, and caried hym into the Byshoppes house (whether to his Lord and maister, or not, I know not, but like inoughe he did) and there amongest them, MarginaliaThe miserable tirāny of the papistes againste a child.they did most shamelesly and wyth oute al pitye, so whippe and scourge, being naked, this tender child, that he was al in a gore bloud, and then, in a iolye brag of their beastly tirannye they caused Clunye, hauinge hys coate vpon his arme, to carye the childe in his shirt vnto his father, being in prison, the bloud running downe by his heeles. At his cōming vnto his father the childe fell downe vpon his knees, and asked him blessing. The poore man then beholding his child, and seing him so cruelly arrayed, cryed out for sorrowe, and sayde: Alas (Wil) who hath done this to thee? The boye answered, that as he was seekinge howe to come to see his father, a priest with Baalās marke tooke him into the Byshops house, and there was he so handled. Clunye therewithall violently plucked the childe awaye out of hys fathers handes, and caried him backe agayne into the Byshops house, where they kept hym about three dayes after. And at the three daies end, Boner (minding to make the matter whole, and somewhat to appease the poore man, for this their horrible facte) determined to release him, and therfore caused him early in a morning to be brought out of Lollardes tower, in to his bedde chamber, where he found the Byshop basting of him selfe against a great fire, and at his fyrste entringe into the chamber, Fetty said, God be heare and peace.[Back to Top]