Thematic Divisions in Book 12
1. Exhumations of Bucer and Phagius along with Peter Martyr's Wife2. Pole's Visitation Articles for Kent3. Ten Martyrs Burnt at Canterbury4. The 'Bloody Commission'5. Twenty-two Prisoners from Colchester6. Five Burnt at Smithfield7. Stephen Gratwick and others8. Edmund Allen and other martyrs9. Alice Benden and other martyrs10. Examinations of Matthew Plaise11. Richard Woodman and nine other martyrs12. Ambrose13. Richard Lush14. Edmund Allen15. The Martyrdom of Simon Miller and Elizabeth Cooper16. Rose Allin and nine other Colchester Martyrs17. John Thurston18. George Eagles19. Richard Crashfield20. Fryer and George Eagles' sister21. Joyce Lewes22. Rafe Allerton and others23. Agnes Bongeor and Margaret Thurston24. John Kurde25. John Noyes26. Cicelye Ormes27. Persecution at Lichfield28. Persecution at Chichester29. Thomas Spurdance30. Hallingdale, Sparrow and Gibson31. John Rough and Margaret Mearing32. Cuthbert Simson33. William Nicholl34. Seaman, Carman and Hudson35. Three at Colchester36. A Royal Proclamation37. Roger Holland and other Islington martyrs38. Stephen Cotton and other martyrs39. Scourging of Thomas Hinshaw40. Scourging of John Milles41. Richard Yeoman42. John Alcocke43. Thomas Benbridge44. Four at St Edmondsbury45. Alexander Gouch and Alice Driver46. Three at Bury47. A Poor Woman of Exeter48. Priest's Wife of Exeter49. The Final Five Martyrs50. John Hunt and Richard White51. John Fetty52. Nicholas Burton53. John Fronton54. Another Martyrdom in Spain55. Baker and Burgate56. Burges and Hoker57. The Scourged: Introduction58. Richard Wilmot and Thomas Fairfax59. Thomas Greene60. Bartlett Greene and Cotton61. Steven Cotton's Letter62. James Harris63. Robert Williams64. Bonner's Beating of Boys65. A Beggar of Salisbury66. Providences: Introduction67. William Living68. The Miraculously Preserved69. Edward Grew70. William Browne71. Elizabeth Young72. Elizabeth Lawson73. Christenmas and Wattes74. John Glover75. Dabney76. Alexander Wimshurst77. Bosom's wife78. Lady Knevet79. John Davis80. Anne Lacy81. Crosman's wife82. Congregation at Stoke in Suffolk83. Congregation of London84. Englishmen at Calais85. Edward Benet86. Jeffrey Hurst87. William Wood88. Simon Grinaeus89. The Duchess of Suffolk90. Thomas Horton 91. Thomas Sprat92. John Cornet93. Thomas Bryce94. Gertrude Crockhey95. William Mauldon96. Robert Horneby97. Mistress Sandes98. Tome 6 Life and Preservation of the Lady Elizabeth99. The Unprosperous Queen Mary100. Punishments of Persecutors101. Foreign Examples102. A Letter to Henry II of France103. The Death of Henry II and others104. Admonition to the Reader
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Quene Mary. Gods prouidence in preseruing Lady Elizabeth in Q. Maries time.

MarginaliaAn. 1558.great discomfort, beyng no offender against þe Queenes Maiestie. And thus the tyde and tyme passed away for that season, they priuily appointing all thinges ready that she should go þe next tide, which fel about midnight: but for feare she should be taken by the way, they durst not. So they stayed till the next day, being Palme Sonday, when about. ix. of the clocke these two returned agayne, declaryng that it was tyme for her grace to depart: she aunsweryng, if there be no remedy, I must be contented, willyng the Lordes to goe on before. Beyng come forth into the garden, she did cast vp her eyes toward the window, thinking to haue seene þe Queene, which she could not. Whereat she sayd, she maruailed much what the nobilitie of the Realme ment, which in that sort would suffer her to be led into captiuitie: the Lord knew whether, for she did not. In the meane tyme commaundement was geuen in all London that euery one should keepe the Church and cary their Palmes, while in þe meane season she might bee conueyed without all recourse of people into the Tower.

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MarginaliaLady Elizab. sent to the Tower.After all this, she tooke her Barge with the two foresayd Lordes, three of the Queenes Gentlewomen, and three of her owne, her Gentleman Vsher, and two of her Groomes, lying and houeryng vpon the water an houre, for that they could not shoote the Bridge, the Barge men beyng very vnwilling to shoote the same so soone as they did, because of the daunger therof: for the sterne of the Boate stroke vpō the ground: the fall was so bigge, and the water was so shallow. At 

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This anecdote appears as a note in Foxe's handwriting in Foxe's papers: BL, Harley MS 419, fo. 137v. This anecdote was first printed in the 1570 edition.

landyng, she first stayed and denied to land at those stayres where all traytours & offendours customably vsed to land, neither well could she, vnlesse she should go ouer her shoe. The Lordes were gone out of the Boate before, and asked why she came not. One of the Lordes went backe agayn to her, and brought word she would not come. Then sayd one of the Lordes which shall be nameles,  
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This was William Paulet, the Marquis of Winchester (see J. G. Nichols (ed.), The Chronicle of Queen Jane and of Queeen Mary, Camden Society, Original Series 48 [1850], p. 70). William Paulet was still alive when Foxe printed this narrative.

that she should not choose: and because it did then rayne he offered to her his cloke. Which she (pushyng it backe with her hand) refused. So she comming out, hauyng one foote vpon the stayre, said: MarginaliaThe wordes of Lady Elizabeth entring the Tower.Here landeth as true a subiect, being prisoner, as euer landed at these stayres: And before thee O God I speake it, hauyng none other frendes but thee alone. To whom the same Lord answered agayne, that if it were so, it was the better for her. At her landyng there was a great multitude of their seruauntes and warders standyng in their order. What needed all this, sayd she. It is the vse (sayd some) so to be when any prisoner came thether. And if it be (quoth she) for my cause, I besech you that they may be dismissed. Whereat, the poore men kneeled down, and with one voyce desired God to preserue her grace: who þe next day were released of their cold coates.

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After this, passing a litle further, she sat downe vppon a cold stone, and there rested her selfe. To whom the Lieutenaunt then beyng, sayd: Madame, you were best to come out of the raine, for you sit vnwholesomly. She then replying, aunswered agayne: better sittyng here then in a worse place: for God knoweth, I know not whether you will bryng me. With that her Gentleman Vsher wept: she demaunding of him what he ment to vncomfortably to vse her, seyng she tooke hym to be her comforter and not to dismay her, especially for that she knew her truth to be such, that no mā should haue cause to weepe for her. But forth she went into the prison.

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The doores were locked & bolted vpon her: which did not a litle discōfort and dismay her grace. At what tyme she called to her Gentlewoman for her booke, MarginaliaThe Christian prayer of Lady Elizabeth.desiryng God not to suffer her to build her foundation vpon the sandes, but vpon the rocke, wherby all blasts of blusteryng weather should haue no power agaynst her. The doores being thus locked & she close shut vp, the Lordes had great conference how to keepe warde and watch, euery mā declaryng his opinion in that be-

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halfe, agreeyng straitly and circumspectly to keepe her. MarginaliaThe Lord of Sussex speaketh for Lady Elizabeth.Then one of thē, which was the Lord of Sussex, swearyng, sayd: my Lordes, let vs take heede, & do no more then our Commission will beare vs, what so euer shall happen hereafter. And further, let vs consider that she was the kyng our Maisters daughter, and therefore let vs vse such dealyng, that we may aunswere vnto it hereafter, if it shall so happen: for iust dealyng (quoth he) is alwayes aunswerable. Whereunto the other Lordes agreed that it was well sayd of hym, and therupon departed. Beyng in the Tower, 

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This anecdote appears as a note in Foxe's handwriting in Foxe's papers: BL, Harley MS 419, fo. 137v. This anecdote first appeared in the 1570 edition.

within ij. dayes commaundemēt was that she should haue masse within her house. One M. Young was thē her Chapleine: & because there was none of her mē so well learned to helpe the Priest to say Masse, the Masse stayed for that day. The next day two of her Yoemen, who had gone long to schole before and were learned, had two Abcies prouided and deliuered them, so that vpon the Abcies they should helpe the Priest. One of the sayd Yeomen, holding the Abcie in his hand, pretendyng ignoraunce at Kyrie eleyson, set the Priest, makyng as though he could aunswere the Priest no farther.

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It would make a pitifull and straunge story, here by the way to touch and recite what examinations and rackynges of poore men there were to finde out that knife that should cut her throte: what gapyng among my Lordes of the Clergy, to see the day wherein they might washe their goodly white rochetes in her innocēt bloud: MarginaliaThe B. of Winchester enemie to Lady Elizabeth.but especially the Byshop of Winchester Steuer Gardiner, 

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This passage is reprinted from John Aylmer, An harborow for faithfull and trewe subiectes (London: 1559), STC 1005, sigs. N3v-N4r, except that Foxe added the phrase blaming Stephen Gardiner.

then Lord Chauncellour, ruler of the rost, who then within few dayes after came vnto her, with diuers other of the Counsell, and examined her of the talke that was at Ashridge, betwixt her and Syr Iames Acroft, concernyng her remouyng from thence to Dunnington Castell, requiryng her to declare what she ment therby.

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MarginaliaLady Elizabeth examined by the B. of Winchester.At the first, she beyng so sodainly asked, did not well remember any such house: but within a while, well aduising her selfe, she sayd: In deede (quoth she) I do now remember that I haue such a place, but I neuer lay in it in all my lyfe. And as for any that hath moued me thereunto, I do not remember. Then to enforce the matter they brought forth Syr Iames Acroft. The Byshop of Wincester demaunded of her what she said to that man. She aunswered that she had litle to say to hym, or to the rest that were then prisoners in the Tower. But my Lords (quoth she) you do examine euery meane prisoner of me, wherein me thinkes you do me great iniury. If they haue done euill, and offended the Queenes Maiesty, let them aunswere to it accordingly. I besech you my Lordes, ioyne not me in thys sort with any of these offenders. And as concerning my goyng vnto Dunnington Castell, I do remember that master Hobby and mine officers, and you Syr Iames Acroft, had such talke: but what is that to þe purpose, my Lordes, but that I may go to my own houses at all tymes?

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MarginaliaThe frendly speach of the Earle of Arundell to the Lady Elizabeth.The Lord of Arundell kneeling downe, sayd: your grace sayth true, and certaynely we are very sory that we haue so troubled you about so vayne matters. She then sayd: my Lordes, you do sifte me very narrowly. But well I am assured, you shall do no more to me then God hath appointed: and so God forgeue you all.

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MarginaliaSyr Iames Acroft examined touchyng the Lady Elizabeth.At their departing, Sir Iames Acroft kneeled down, declaring that he was sory to see the day in which he should be brought as a witnes agaynst her grace. But I assure your grace (sayd he) I haue bene maruelously tossed and examined, touching your highnes, which the Lord knoweth is very straunge to me. For I take God to record before all your honours, I do not know any thing of that crime that you haue laid to my charge, and will thereupon take my death if I should be driuen to so straite a tryall.

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That day or thereaboutes, diuers of her owne officers, who had made prouision for her diet, brought the

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