according to them would he liue, and therby beleued he to be saued.
Item, that no priest speaketh better in the pulpit then that booke.
Item. that the sacramente of the altar is but breade, and that the priestes make it to blind the people.
Item, that a priest whiles he is at mas is a pryest, and after one mas done, til the beginning of another mas, he is no more then a lay man, & hath no more power then a mere lay man.
☞ After they wer enforced to recant, they
wer assoyled,. and put to penance.
MarginaliaMargerye Goyt.FYrst, that þt she sayd, that which the priestes lift ouer their heades at mas, is not the true and very body of Chryst. For if it wer so, the priestes could not break it so lyghtly into iiii. parts, and swalow it as they doo: for the Lordes body hath fleshe and bones So hathe not that whiche the priestes receyue.[Back to Top]
Item, that priestes bying xl. cakes for a halfpeny, and shewing them to the people and saying, that of euery of thē they make the body of christ, doo nothing but deceyue the people and enriche them selue.
Item, seyng God in the beginnyng did create and make man, how can it be that man should be able to make God.
☞ This Woman also, was constrayned to recant, and so was she assoyled & did penance
JN the late dayes of quene Marye, emonge other straunge dealing of the papists with the faythful, this is not with the rest to be forgottē that a godly Matrone named Gertrude Crokehay, the wife of maister Robert Crokhay dwelling then at saynte Catherins by the Tower of London, absteyned her selfe from the popishe church. And she beying in her husbands house it happened in. 1556, that the folish popish Saint Nicolas went aboute the parish, which she vnderstandinge shut her doores agaynst him, and would not suffer him to come within her house. Then Doctor Mallet hering thereof (and being then mayster of the sayde Saynt Catherins) the next day came to her with xx. at his tayle, thinking belike to fray her, & asked why she wuld not the night before let in saint Nicolas and receiue his blessing. &c. To whome she answered thus. Sir, I know no Saint Nicolas, sayde she, that came hether. Yes quod Mallet, here was one that represēted S. Nicolas. In dede sir, said she, he was one that is my neyghboures childe. but not S. Nicolas. For S. Nicolas is in heauen. I was a frayd of them that came with hym to haue had my purse cut by them. For I haue harde of men robbed by S. Nicolas clerks. &c. So Mallet perceiuing nothing to be gottē at her hands, went his way as he came, and she for that tyme so escaped.[Back to Top]
Then in Anno. 1557. a lytle before Witsontyde, it happened that the sayde Gertrude aunswered for a chylde that was baptised of one Thomas Saunders, which chylde was christened secretly in a house after the order of the seruyce booke in king Edwards tyme, & þt being shortly knowen to her enemyes, she was soughte for, whiche[Back to Top]
vnderstanding nothing therof, went beyond the sea in to Gelderland for to see certaine lands that should haue come to her children in the ryght of her first housband, who was a straunger borne. And being there aboute a quarter of a yere, at the length comming homeward by Andwarpe, chaūced to mete with one Iohn Ionson, a duch man, alias Iohn De wille of Andwarpe, shipper, who seyng her there, wēt of malyce to the Margraue, and accused her to bee an Anabaptist, wherebye she was taken and caryed to prison. The cause why this noughty man did thus, was for that he claymed of master Crokhay her housband a pece of money whiche was not his due, for a shippe, that the sayd Master Crokhay bought of hym: and for that he could not get it he wrought thys displeasure. Well she beyng in prison, lay there a fortnight: in whiche tyme she saw some, that wer prisoners there, who priuelye were drowned in Renysh wyne fattes, & after secretly put in sacks and cast into the Riuer. Now she, good woman, thinkyng to bee so serued, toke therby such feare that it brought the begynning of her sycknes, of the whyche at length she dyed.[Back to Top]
Then at the last was she called before the Margraue & charged wt anabaptistry, which she there vtterly denied, & detested the error, declaring before him in douch her faith boldly, without any feare. So the Margraue hearing the same, in thend being wel pleased with her profession, at the sute of some her frendes deliuered her out of prisō. but toke awaye her boke, and so she came ouer into England agayn. And beyng at home in her husbandes house, he thinkinge to finde meanes to get her to go abrode, made one Vicars a yeaman of the Tower his frende, who was grete with Boner, to work that liberty for her. Now this Vicars making meanes to Boner for the same, Boner put the matter ouer to Darbishire his chaūcellor, who enioyned her to geue certeyne monye to pore folkes, and to goo on the wedinsday and sonday after to church to euēsong, which she so did, & afterward had such trouble in her conscience therby, that she thoght verely god had cast her of, and that she shuld be damned and neuer saued. so not long after this it happened maister Rough of whom mention is made. pag. 1646. came to her house, vnto whom she made mone of her vnquietnes for going to church, and desired his counsell what she mighte do, that shoulde best please god and ease her troubled soule &c. Vnto whome M. Rough replied many comfortable sentences of scriptur to comfort her, and in the end gaue her counsell to go to the christian congregation, which secretly the persecuted had, and confesse her faute vnto thē, & so to be receiued into theire felowship again: which hearing that, was glad and entended so to doo, and so woulde haue doone if sore sicknes had not immediatly preuēted the same. But when doctor Mallet harde by one Robert Hemminges, wodmonger, that she lay very sick in dede, whiche Hemmings was her greate enemye, he came to her twyse to perswade her to recant and to receyue (as the papistes terme it) the rites of the churche. Vnto whome she aunswered she could not, nor woulde, for that she was subiecte to vomet and therfore he woulde not, (she was sure she said) haue her, to cast vp theyr god agayne, as she shoulde do if she did receiue it. And so immediatly vometed in dede. wherefore he seyng that, went from her in to the hall to[Back to Top]