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Actes and Monumentes Of the Church
Iohn Cooke.

¶ Maister Ihon Cooke, Register to the bishop of Winchester, examined vpon the second, third, 5. 6. 14 articles of the foresayd seconde matter. deposeth as followeth.

MarginaliaCooke.To the second article, he sayth that the contentes of the sayd article be true. For this deponent was one of the sayd byshops proctors in that behalfe, and by force thereof receyued the kynges maiesties Visitors at Chichester, without the dioces of Wynton, and conducted and wayted of them into the dioces of Wynton, and appeared for the sayde byshop in the chapter house of the cathedrall churche of Wynton: and there exhibitinge the sayde byshops proxie, gaue an othe In animam episcopi, of obedience to the kymges maiestie as supreme head of the churche of Englande, and also of Irelande: And to renounce the byshop of Romes vsurped power, and iurisdiction accordyng to especiall clauses conteyned in his proxie to ther effecte: and further did (as he sayeth) as he hath deposed in his former depositions, to certayne articles of the matter iustificatorie.

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To the thyrde, and v. he deposeth that it is true that hee the sayde byshop requested this deponent, and cōmaūded his Chauncelor, and other his officers in this deponentes hearyng, to attende on the kynges maiesties Visitours, and to see them with all reuerence receyued, and obeyed and their cōmaundementes executed accordingly: whiche thynges he sayeth were truly executed, accordynge to the requeste and commaundement of the sayde byshop: and the sayde Visitors quietly obeyed, and receiued in the sayde dioces, of this deponents certayn sight, and knowledge, without any disobedience shewed by any of the byshops officers, or of any other of his dioces of Wynton, as farre as this deponent knoweth.

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To the vi. he saith that he doth not presētly remēbre, what daye or moneth the visitation began. But as he remēbreth, it was about October, in the yere articulate.

To the xiiij. article. he sayeth that after the sayd B. beyng deliuered out of the Flete, retorned to his dioces. this deponent heard him preache two Sermons, one at Farnham, and an other at Wynton: wherein he exhorted his audience to be obedient to the kynges maiestie, as their soueraygne Lorde, and supreme head: allegyng dyuerse textes of Scripture for the same. And after he came to Wynton he caused, and cōmaunded to be duely executed, and obayed all suche proclamatiōs, and iniunctions, as were set forth, and commaunded by the kyngs maiesties authoritie, of the hearynge and knowledge of this deponent.

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Iohn Cooke.

¶ Maister Thomas Neue, seruaunt to the B. of Wynchester, in whose seruice he hath continued aboue these xx yeares, of thage of 50. yeares & aboue, sworne and examined vpon the xv. xvi. and xx. articles of the matter against the Exhibites, sayeth as followeth.

MarginaliaNeue.To the xv. article, he sayeth the cōtentes of the saide article be true, of this deponentes certayne knowlege. For (as he sayeth) he hauing been the sayde byshoppes housholde seruaunt aboue these xx. yeares space, hath by all that tyme, as well at the beyng of the sayde byshop at wynchester, as in all other places where he hath kept houshold, marked, and seene the sayde byshop to be a mā of much quiet behauiour and in lyke case al his houshold without any disturbaunce, or commotion amongest them selues, or other, or geuing occasion of tumulte, or sediciō, as farre forth as euer this Examinate could see or perceyue and hath heard the sayde byshop in his communication, dyuers times commend quietnes, and obedience, and to be muche offended, when he hath heard of the contrary. And sayth that he neuer knew, nor heard that euer the sayd byshop, or any of his men, were in harnes, or prepared harnes, or other weapon, for any purpose or intent, to make any sturre, or busines, or resistaunce, to anye power sauyng only, that at such tyme as they made preparation to serue the kynges maiestie in Fraunce, & lykewyse at an other time in Scotlande, about the same tyme that he was committed to the Fleete, he shewed hym selfe well willynge, and forward to serue his maiestie, as to his dutie appertayneth: and sayeth that as well the said byshop, as his seruauntes, haue alwayes in the parties of Wynchester, and other places, where he hath dwelled, commonlye been taken, and named forsober, and quyet persones, of thys Deponentes certayne knowledge, and hearynge, as hee sayeth: And also sayeth, that he hath heard the sayde bishoppe, very many times, as well in his sermons at diuers places, as in other talk as much commend quietnes, and obediēce, and discommend discorde, and disobedience, as euer hee heard man in all his life, as he sayth.

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To the xvi. article, he deposeth as to the next afore: adding, that shortly after the death of king Henry the viii. this Examinate, communing with the said bishop alone in his house at Southwarke, sayde vnto him: that he was sory to heare that the sayd bishoppe was put out of the kinges wil, and out of the kinges maiesties counsel: whereunto the said bishop made this aunswere in effect that he was gladde thereof, and would as gladly be content to liue in quietnes, vnder the commen iustice of the realme, as any subiect that the kinge hath: and willed expresly this deponent, that he him selfe should conforme him selfe, both in worde and deede, to quietnes, & cause, and counsayle all his company to do the like: and the rest of this article he sayth is true, as farre as euer he knew, and doth beleue it, for causes before by him to the xv. article deposed.

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To the 20. article, he sayth, that he the sayd deponent was present at the sayd sermon, and sawe, and perceiued very well that the sayd bishop was very quietly heard. For els this Examinate, who stode a good space of, and hearde well euery word that he spake, should not so easely haue heard him, as he did, in case any disturbaunce, or vnquietnes had bene stirred amongs the audience, as he sayth there was none at that time, and place, as farre as this Examinate could see, or here: And the sayd bishop after his said sermon, departed thence to his house, in quiet manner, with out any tumult, or disturbance shewed or attempted against him. And this he knoweth. For he wayted on the bishop, at the same time, from the pulpit to his house: & sayth also, that he neuer knew, nor heard of any tumult or disturbaunce, risen sithens anwy where, by occasion of the sayd sermon.

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¶ Vppon the interrogatories in Pag. 792.

To the first, he aunsweth as aboue in the beginninge of his examination: addinge that he hath iiij. li. yearelye wages, and a liuery of the sayd bishop: also xx. markes of annuity, out of the mannor of Estmeyne. in recompence of sūdry charges, that he hath bene at in the said bishops seruice. Also the keping of Horsley parke of the sayd B. by patent: and the herbage with other thinges thereof by indēture. Also he hath a copy hold in Hauaut, which he had in recompence of the farm of a benefice, which he caused this deponent to loose.

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To the seconde interrogatory, he aunswereth that although the sayd bishop be his maister, yet he sayth vpon his oth, that he beareth no other affection to him, touching this matter, but that he wisheth that hee mighte haue iustice with fauor, as he would wish to a stranger.

To the third, he desireth that the sayde bishop mighte cleare him selfe, and so to haue victory, as iustice wil, and no otherwise.

To the fourth, he deposeth as afore.

Thomas Neue

Iames Basset, seruant to the bishop of Winton, sworne and examined vpon the iiij. 7. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 20. articles of the said matter against the exhibites.

MarginaliaBasset.To the iiii. he sayth that the article is true. For by the way at Alton, as the bishop was comming to the Counsell, a priest of the dioces came to the bishop, to consulte what he should doo at the kinges visitation: whome the sayd bishop willed to obey all such thinges, as should be commaunded by the sayd visitors: and likewise at Kingeston hee gaue like charge to the curate of Kingeston, to this deponents hearing

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To the vii. he sayth the article is true. For this deponent did continually lye in London, all the time of the sayd bishops being in the Fleete, and often times went to the Flete to see him, and could not be suffred to come in. For the Warden, and the porter told him, that they had in commaundement that no man should repayre vnto hym, other then those twoo seruantes, whiche remayned continually with the sayde Byshoppe all the time of hys beinge in the Fleete. Howebeit hee saythe that maister Medow his Chapleine, about x dayes, and this deponēt, and other, about a fiue dayes before Christmas, had licence to repayre vnto him: and sayth, that at

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his beyng