Actes and Monumentes of the church.
This being notorious in the church, at lēgth the Constable and Churchwarden, named Saunders, attached her in the Quenes name, charging her with her mother the nexte daye to appeare at Kingston. Who at their commaundement so dyd. The next daye according as they were assigned, came to Kingston to appeare before the foresayd officers, who at þe same tyme, as it chaunced, were goinge ouer the ferye, and meeting them by the waye, saluted them by their name, but at that tyme had no further power to speake vnto them. Afterward as they were in the bote goynge ouer, they knockt theyr handes, stampte and stared, lamenting that they had lette them so to passe their handes. Thys the ferry man declared vnto them what they sayd in the bote. Wherupon the good woman taking her iorney to London, escaped their cruelty, through the secret working no doubt of the Lord, who in all hys workes and euermore be praysed, Amen.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaThe deliuery of Moyse from his persecutors throughe the Lords helpe.
In the 1563 edition (p. 1698) there was an anecdote here about the escape of John 'Moyse' (almost certainly John Noyes, see 1570, pp. 2217-19; 1576, pp. 1913-15 and 1583, pp. 2021-22) from the persecution of 'Master Nownd' (i.e., the Suffolk JP Francis Nunn). It was not reprinted, probably because Nunn, who was still alive, and very influential, objected to this account of his Marian past.[Back to Top]
Aister Nownd of Martilshā in Suffolke, iustice of peace wēt to Debnhā for to seke for one Moyse, who woulde not come to the Church, and when he could not fynde hym in the towne, he learned that he was in the feld.
MarginaliaMaister Nownde persecutor.
Thether he rode with his men folowing hym on fote to catch Moyse: but Moyse being a loft vpon a cart, espied the stout Hunter, and perceiuing that he was the pray, made hast of the carte and toke him to his feete out of the field. Nownd folowed with hast on horse back, and his men on fote. But Moise lept ouer a hedge so that the horseman could follow him no longer, but sent hys men after to hallowe and hunt. But God dyd so hyde poore Moyse in a smal couert, that they retorned without their pray. So was the labor of thungodly frustrat. The same Nowne playd the watchman him selfe, in seking of Gouch, and Driuers wyfe, with a Iaueling in his hand, lyke a tal speare man, and yet he neuer killed so much as a rat in his Princes warres. He being on his nags backe an after none, at dronken tyme of the daye toward night, made a lusty course lyke a tall man of war before hys wyfe & asked her if she thought him not to be a lusty Champion, and so wente forth with hys speare and pytch forkes, and gaged the hay goffes, to seeke out the sely soules that were in quiet rest. But after Quene Elizabeth by the prouidence of God had obteyned the crown, the same Noūd tourning hys typpet and hys tale at Wodbridge, complayned of the great mysery that pore soules had suffered, and that men in office and authority were compelled to vse such great violence and persecution against theyr wylles. But wold to God that that horse þt
would not be ruled, but carry a man agaynst[Back to Top]
hys wyll had eyther bene better broken, or faster tied in a halter. And how can such a Iustice iustly, and with a safe conscience nowe punish aduersaries of Goddes religion, remayning the same, and in the same office.
MarginaliaThe Lady Kneuet.
Lady Anne Knevet was an important sustainer and correspondent of several Marian martyrs, notably John Careless (see ECL MS 260, fos. 49r-50r and 227r-228r and ECL MS 262, fos. 105r-106v; also see Thomas S. Freeman, '"The Good Ministrye of Godlye and Vertuouse Women"', Journal of British Studies 39 , p. 21 n. 60 and p. 29).[Back to Top]
Mong the number of the godly, that were kept vnder the prouidence of the Lorde in those perilous daies, I may not forget an ancient good Lady of much worship, called Lady Anne Kneuet, who til her death dwelt in Nofolke, in a towne named Wimondham, a vi. miles from Norwich. Which said good Lady in Quene Maries daies, beinge iudged by the common people, more then an hundreth years of age, and by her owne estimation well towards a C. kept her self frō their popish church or hauing any papisticall trashe ministred in her house, but only the seruice that was vsed in the latter daies of Kinge Edward the vi., which dayly she had said before her, either by one maister Tollin now person of s. Antlins in London, who was thē by gods prouidence preserued in her house, or els by one of her gentelwomen, or houshould seruaunts, that could serue the place in the said maister Tollins absence. Now this worshipful lady continuing in this maner of true seruing of God, she and her family wer many times threatned by messengers, that the Byshop would visit her ther fore, vnto which messengers she wold always answere, that if his Lordshippe sent woorde before what daye hee would come, hee should therafter bee entertayned at her hand. But god, whose prouidence ruleth the raging seas, neuer suffered them al that toyling tyme to molest her. Although often tymes, when shee had seruice before her, there were very great enemyes to the truth, and of much authoryty, that came in, and kneled to prayer emong thē, and yet had no power to trouble her therfore. This good Lady (gentil reader) kept good hospitalyty, as any in that country, of her lyuing. she also succored many persecuted, that came to her house in the sayd quene Maries dayes. were they neuer so symple, they were estemed of her as the frendes of the Gospell, and departed not from her without monye & meate. She had a very good memory, and no lesse rypenes of witte, very lowly, gentil and louing to euery body, and her selfe beloued also both of man and child. Borne she was long before king Edward the fourth dyed, and ended her life in the Lorde Iesus peace, about the beginning of the second yeare of our most soueraign Lady Quene Elyzabethes reigne, as one falling into a most swete slepe. The Lord graūt vs to imitate her steppes. Amen.[Back to Top]
Thus did this good Lady finishe her race, and brought her graye heares with much honoure to the graue, whose steppes and life I