no lesse worthy of hystory.
MarginaliaThe wordes of doctor Story in the parliament house.The summe of whiche his shameles talke was vttred to this effect: Firste beginnynge with him selfe, hee declared, that where as he was noted commonly abrode, and much complayned of, to haue bene a great doer, and a setter forth of such religion, orders, and procedinges, as of his late soueraigne that dead is, quene Mary, were set forth in this realme, he denied nothing the same, protesting moreouer that he therein had done nothinge, but that both his conscience dyd leade him therunto, and also his commission dyd as well then commaund him, as nowe also doth discharge him for the same, being no lesse ready now also to doo the lyke, and more, in case he by this Quene were authorised lykewise, and commaunded therunto. Wherefore as I see (saith he) nothing to be ashamed of, so lesse I see to be sory for, but rather said þt he was sorye for this, because he had done no more thē he dyd, and that in executing those lawes, they had not bene more vehement and seuere. Wherin he sayd, ther was no default in hym, but in them, whom he both oft and earnestly had exhorted to the same, being therefore not a lytle greued with them, for that they laboured onely about the young and lytle sprygs & twigs, while they shoulde haue stroken at the roote, and cleane haue rooted it out. &c. And concerning his persecuting and burning them, he denied not, but that he was at þe burnyng of an herewygge (for so hee termed it) at Vxbridge, MarginaliaThis martir burnt at Vxbridge was mayster Dēley where he tost a faggot at his face as he was synging psalmes, and set a wynbushe of thornes vnder his feete, a lytle to prycke him, with many other wordes of lyke effect. In the which woordes he named moreouer syr Phyllip Hobby, and an other knight of Kent, with such other of the richer and heygher degree, whom his Councell was to pluke at, and to bring them vnder coram, wherein saide he if they had folowed my aduise, thē had they don well and wisely. This or much like was the effect of the shamles and tirannicall excuse of hym selfe, more meete to speake wyth the voyce of a beast, then of a man.[Back to Top]
Although in this parliament some diuersyty there was of iudgement and opinion betwene parties, yet not withstandinge through the mercifull goodnes of the Lord, the true cause of the gospell had the vpper hand, the papistes hope was frustrate, and their rage abated, the order and proceading of king Edwards tyme concerning religion was reuiued agayne, the supremacye of the Pope abolished, the articles and blouddye statutes of Queene Marye repealed, brefelye the furious fierbrandes of cruel persecution, which had consumed so manye pore mens bodyes, were now extincte and quenched.[Back to Top]
Finally, the old bishoppes deposed, for that they refused the othe in renouncing the Pope and not subscribing to the quenes iust & lawful tytle. In whose roumes and places, fyrste for Cardinall Poole, succeded D. Mathewe Parker, Achbyshop of Canterburye. In the place of Heth, succeded D. Yong. In steede of Boner, Edmūd Grindal was byshop of London. For Hoptō. Thurlby, Tonstal, Pates, Christoferson, Peto, Coates, Morgan, Feasy, Whyte, Oglethrope. &c. were placed Doctor Iohn Parkust in Norwich, D. Cox in Elye, Iuell in Salisburye, Pylkenton in Duresme, Doctor Sandes in Worcester, maister Downam in Westchester, Bentam in Couētrye and Lichfeld, Dauid in Saint Dauies, Allye in Exceter, Horne in Winchester, Scory in Hereford, Best in Carlile, Bullingham in Lincolne, Scamler in Peterbury, Bartlet in Bath, Gest in Rochester, Barlo in Chi. &c[Back to Top]
These thinges thus discoursed, followinge the order of time, now am I driuen to Spain ther to entreate of the burning of the godly & blessed martire of God, Nicholas Burton with other english men, there martired likewise for the confession and testimony of the Gospell, the story wherof here followeth.
The accounts of Burton, the unnamed Englishman burned on 22 December 1560, Baker, Burgate, Burges and Hoker first appeared in the 1563 edition. In the 1570 edition an account of John Fronton's ordeals was added. This was taken from a translation of Reginaldus Gonsalvius Montanus's account of the Inquisition which was printed by John Day in 1568. ['Reginaldus Gonsalvius Montanus' was a pseudonym. B. A. Vermaseren has persuasively argued that 'Gonsalvius' was really Antonio del Corro, a Spanish theologian who converted to Calvinism and lived in exile in Antwerp and later taught theology at Oxford ('Who was Reginaldus Gonsalvius Montanus?' Bibliotheque d'Hiumanisme et Renaissance 47 , pp. 47-77)].[Back to Top]
1560.THe. v. daye of the moneth of Nouember, in the yeare of our Lorde God. 1560. the sayd Nicolas Burtō peacably and quietly followinge hys traffike in the trade of marchandies, & being in the citye of Cadix in the partes of Andolazia in Spain, there came into hys lodging a Iudas, or as they terme them, a famulier of the fathers of the inquisicion. Who in asking for the sayd Nicolas, fayned that he had a letter for to deliuer to hys owne handes, by which meanes he spake with hym immediatly. And hauing no letter to deliuer hym, then the sayde Promoter or famuliar at the mocion of the Deuil his maister, whose messinger he was, inuented a nother lye, & sayd that he would take ladinge for London in suche shippes as the sayd Nicolas had frayted to lade, if hee would let anye, which was partly to know where hee ladyd hys goods, þt they might attach thē. And chefely to detracte the time vntil the Alguisyel, or sergeants of the sayd inquisicion might come and apprehend the body of the sayd Nicholas which they dyd incontinently. At which time nor at any tyme before they were neuer able to burdē or accuse the sayd Nicholas Burton