Marginalia1555. Iuly.and vaynglorious, and wylt not receyue mercy offred to thee, know for truth that the Queene is mynded to make a * Marginalia* That is the worst you and your Pope can do, and the best argument you haue. purgation of all such as thou art.
Brad. The Lord before whom I stand, as wel as before you, knoweth what vaynglory I haue sought, and seeke in thys behalfe: hys mercy I desyre, & also would be glad of the Queenes fauour to liue as a subiect with out clog of conscience. But otherwyse the Lords mercy is better to me then lyfe. And I know to whom I haue committed my lyfe, euen into hys handes which will keepe it, so that no man may take it away before it be hys pleasure. There are. xij. houres in the day, and as long as they last, so long shall no man haue power thereon. Therefore hys good will be done: MarginaliaThe lords mercy better then lyfe to Bradford.life in his displeasure is worse then death, and death in hys true fauour is true lyfe.[Back to Top]
Chaun. I know wel inough that we shall haue glorious talke inough of thee: be sure therfore, that as thou hast deceyued the people wyth false and diuelysh doctrine, so shalt thou receyue.
Brad. I haue not deceyued the people, nor taught any other doctrine, then by Gods grace MarginaliaBradford ready to confirme his doctrine with his life.I am, and hope shall be ready to confirme wyth my lyfe. And as for the diuelishnes and falsenes in the doctrine, I would be sory you could so proue it.
Dures. Why? tell me what you say by the ministration of the Communion, as now you know it is?
Brad. My Lord, here I must desire of your Lordship and of all your honours a question, before I dare make you an answer to any interrogatory or question, wherwith you now begyn. MarginaliaBradford asketh a question before he answereth any interrogatory.I haue bene sixe times sworne that I shall in no case consent to the practising of any iurisdiction, or any authoritye on the bishop of Romes behalfe within this realme of England. Nowe before God I humbly pray your honours to tell me whether you aske me this question by hys authority, or no? If you do, I dare not, nor may aunswer you any thyng in his authoritie which you shal demaund of me, except I would be forsworne, which God forbyd.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaSecretary Bourne speaketh.Sec. Bourn. Hast thou bene sworne sixe times? what office hast thou borne?
MarginaliaBradford sixe times sworne agaynst the Pope.Brad. Forsooth I was thrise sworne in Cambridge when I was admitted Maister of Arte, whē I was admitted fellow of Penbroke hall, and whē I was there, the Visitours came thether and sware the Vniuersity. Agayne, I was sworne when I entred into the ministery, when I had a Prebend geuen me, and when I was sworne to serue the king a litle before hys death.[Back to Top]
Chaun. Tush, MarginaliaHerodes oth, quoth Winchest.Herodes othes a man shoulde make no conscience at.
Brad. But my Lord, these were no Herodes othes, nor no vnlawfull othes, but othes according to Gods woorde, as you your selfe haue well affirmed in your booke MarginaliaWinchest. De vera obedientia.De vera obedientia.
M. Roch. My Lordes (quoth an other of the counsel that stoode by the table, maister Rochester I wene) MarginaliaMaister Rochester speaketh.I neuer knew wherefore thys man was in pryson before now: but I see well that it had not bene good that thys man had bene abroad. What the cause was that he was put in prison, I knowe not: but I now well know that not without a cause he was & is to be kept in prison.[Back to Top]
Burne. Yea it was reported this Parlament tyme by the Earle of Darby, MarginaliaThe earle of Darbies complaynt agaynst Bradford. that he hath done more hurt by letters, and exhortyng those that haue come to hym in Religion, then euer he did whē he was abroad by preachyng. In his letters MarginaliaThis letter was written to his mother, brethren and sisters, and foloweth hereafter. he curseth all that teach any false doctrine (for so he calleth that which is not accordyng to that he taught) and most hartely exhorteth them to whom he writeth, to continue still in that they haue receiued by hym, & such lyke as he is. All which wordes diuers of the Counsell affirmed. Whereunto the sayd M. Burne added saying: how say you Syr? haue you not thus sediciously written and exhorted the people?[Back to Top]
Brad. I haue not written, nor spoken any thing se-
diciously, MarginaliaM. Bradford falsely charged with sedicion. neither (I thanke God therefore) haue I admitted any sedicious cogitation, nor I trust neuer shall doo.
Burn. Yea, but thou hast written letters.
Chaun. Why speakest thou not? Hast thou not written as he sayeth?
Brad. That I haue written, I haue written.
MarginaliaSir Richard Southwell speaketh.South. Lord God, what an arrogant and stubburne boy is this, that thus stoutely and dalyingly behaueth hym selfe before the Queenes Councell? whereat one looked vpon an other with disdainefull coūtenaunces.
Brad. My Lords and maisters, the Lord God which is and wil be iudge to vs all, knoweth that as I am certayne I stand now before his maiesty: so with reuerence in his sight I stand before you, and vnto you accordingly in wordes and gesture I desire to behaue my selfe. If you otherwise take it, I doubt not but God in his time will reuele it. In the meane season I shall suffer with all due obedience your sayinges and doinges to, I hope.[Back to Top]
Chaun. These be gay glorious wordes of reuerence: MarginaliaAll is lyes that pleaseth not Winchester.but as in all other thinges, so herein also thou doest no thing but lye.
Brad. Well, I would God the author of truth, and abhorrer of lyes would pull my toung out of my heade before you all, and shewe a terrible iudgement on me here present, if I haue purposed, or doe purpose to lye before you, whatsoeuer you shall aske me.
Chaun. Why then doest thou not aunswere? Hast thou writtē such letters as here is obiected against thee?
Brad. As I sayd my Lorde, that I haue written I haue wrytten. MarginaliaWinchester holden at a bay.I stande now before you, which eyther can lay my letters to my charge, or no: if you lay any thing to my charge that I haue written, if I denye it, I am then a lyer.
Chaun. We shall neuer haue done with thee I perceiue now: be short, be short: wilt thou haue mercy?
Brad. I pray God geue me hys mercy, and if therewyth you wyll extend yours, I wyll not refuse it, but otherwyse I wyll none.
Here now was much ado, one speaking this, and an other that of hys arrogancie in refusing the Queenes pardō which she so louingly did offer vnto him: wherto Bradford aunswered thus.
Brad. My Lordes, if I may lyue as a quiet subiecte without clog of conscience, I shall hartely thanke you for your pardon: MarginaliaM. Bradford desireth to liue, so that he may haue life without clogge of conscience. if otherwyse I behaue my selfe, then I am in daunger of the law: in the meane season I aske no more, but the benefite of a subiect, tyll I be conuinced of transgression. If I can not haue this, as hetherto I haue not had, Gods good wyll be done.[Back to Top]
Chaun. Vpon these wordes my Lord Chauncellour began a long processe of MarginaliaWinchester speaketh against the doctrine taught in K. Edwardes time.the false doctrine wherewyth the people were deceiued in the dayes of K. Edward, and so turned the end of his talke to Bradford, saying: how sayest thou?
Brad. My Lord, MarginaliaM. Bradford standeth in defence of the Doctrine taught in K. Edwardes time.the doctrine taught in K. Edwardes dayes, was Gods pure religion, the which as I then beleued, so do I now more beleue it then euer I dyd, and therin I am more confirmed and ready to declare it by Gods grace, euen as he wyll, to the world, then I was when I first came into pryson.[Back to Top]
Dures. What religion meane you in king Edwards dayes? What yeare of hys raygne?
Brad. Forsooth euen the same yeare (my Lord) that the kyng dyed, and I was a Preacher. Here wrote Secretary Bourne I wot not what.
Chaun. Now after a litle pausing, my Lord Chauncellour beginneth agayne to declare, that the doctrine taught in kyng Edwardes dayes was heresie, vsing for probation and demonstration thereof no scripture nor reason, but this: MarginaliaThe reason of Winchester wherewith he disproueth the Doctrine of K. Edwardes dayes.that it ended with treason and rebellion, so that (quoth hee) the very end were inough to improue that doctrine to be naught.[Back to Top]
Brad. Ah my Lord, that you could enter into Gods