Thematic Divisions in Book 11
1. The Martyrdom of Rogers 2. The Martyrdom of Saunders 3. Saunders' Letters 4. Hooper's Martyrdom 5. Hooper's Letters 6. Rowland Taylor's Martyrdom 7. Becket's Image and other events 8. Miles Coverdale and the Denmark Letters 9. Bonner and Reconciliation 10. Judge Hales 11. The Martyrdom of Thomas Tomkins 12. The Martyrdom of William Hunter 13. The Martyrdom of Higbed and Causton 14. The Martyrdom of Pigot, Knight and Laurence 15. Robert Farrar's Martyrdom 16. The Martyrdom of Rawlins/Rowland White17. The Restoration of Abbey Lands and other events in Spring 155518. The Providential Death of the Parson of Arundel 19. The Martyrdom of John Awcocke 20. The Martyrdom of George Marsh 21. The Letters of George Marsh 22. The Martyrdom of William Flower 23. The Martyrdom of Cardmaker and Warne 24. Letters of Warne and Cardmaker 25. The Martyrdom of Ardley and Simpson 26. John Tooly 27. The Examination of Robert Bromley [nb This is part of the Tooly affair]28. The Martyrdom of Thomas Haukes 29. Letters of Haukes 30. The Martyrdom of Thomas Watts 31. Censorship Proclamation 32. Our Lady' Psalter 33. Martyrdom of Osmund, Bamford, Osborne and Chamberlain34. The Martyrdom of John Bradford 35. Bradford's Letters 36. William Minge 37. James Trevisam 38. The Martyrdom of John Bland 39. The Martyrdom of Frankesh, Middleton and Sheterden 40. Sheterden's Letters 41. Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley 42. Martyrdom of Christopher Wade 43. Nicholas Hall44. Margery Polley45. Martyrdom of Carver and Launder 46. Martyrdom of Thomas Iveson 47. John Aleworth 48. Martyrdom of James Abbes 49. Martyrdom of Denley, Newman and Pacingham 50. Richard Hooke 51. Martyrdom of William Coker, et al 52. Martyrdom of George Tankerfield, et al 53. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Smith 54. Martyrdom of Harwood and Fust 55. Martyrdom of William Haile 56. George King, Thomas Leyes and John Wade 57. William Andrew 58. Martyrdom of Robert Samuel 59. Samuel's Letters 60. William Allen 61. Martyrdom of Roger Coo 62. Martyrdom of Thomas Cobb 63. Martyrdom of Catmer, Streater, Burwood, Brodbridge, Tutty 64. Martyrdom of Hayward and Goreway 65. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Glover 66. Cornelius Bungey 67. John and William Glover 68. Martyrdom of Wolsey and Pigot 69. Life and Character of Nicholas Ridley 70. Ridley's Letters 71. Life of Hugh Latimer 72. Latimer's Letters 73. Ridley and Latimer Re-examined and Executed74. More Letters of Ridley 75. Life and Death of Stephen Gardiner 76. Martyrdom of Webb, Roper and Park 77. William Wiseman 78. James Gore 79. Examinations and Martyrdom of John Philpot 80. Philpot's Letters 81. Martyrdom of Thomas Whittle, Barlett Green, et al 82. Letters of Thomas Wittle 83. Life of Bartlett Green 84. Letters of Bartlett Green 85. Thomas Browne 86. John Tudson 87. John Went 88. Isobel Foster 89. Joan Lashford 90. Five Canterbury Martyrs 91. Life and Martyrdom of Cranmer 92. Letters of Cranmer 93. Martyrdom of Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield 94. Persecution in Salisbury Maundrell, Coberly and Spicer 95. William Tyms, et al 96. Letters of Tyms 97. The Norfolk Supplication 98. Martyrdom of John Harpole and Joan Beach 99. John Hullier 100. Hullier's Letters 101. Christopher Lister and five other martyrs 102. Hugh Lauerocke and John Apprice 103. Katherine Hut, Elizabeth Thacknell, et al 104. Thomas Drury and Thomas Croker 105. Thomas Spicer, John Deny and Edmund Poole 106. Persecution of Winson and Mendlesam 107. Gregory Crow 108. William Slech 109. Avington Read, et al 110. Wood and Miles 111. Adherall and Clement 112. A Merchant's Servant Executed at Leicester 113. Thirteen Burnt at Stratford-le-Bow114. Persecution in Lichfield 115. Hunt, Norrice, Parret 116. Martyrdom of Bernard, Lawson and Foster 117. Examinations of John Fortune118. John Careless 119. Letters of John Careless 120. Martyrdom of Julius Palmer 121. Agnes Wardall 122. Peter Moone and his wife 123. Guernsey Martyrdoms 124. Dungate, Foreman and Tree 125. Martyrdom of Thomas More126. Martyrdom of John Newman127. Examination of John Jackson128. Examination of John Newman 129. Martyrdom of Joan Waste 130. Martyrdom of Edward Sharpe 131. Four Burnt at Mayfield at Sussex 132. John Horne and a woman 133. William Dangerfield 134. Northampton Shoemaker 135. Prisoners Starved at Canterbury 136. More Persecution at Lichfield
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1600 [1574]

Q. Mary. Ghostly Letters of M. Iohn Bradford, holy Martyr.

MarginaliaAn. 1555. Iuly.thee in Christes name that thou wouldest forgeue him his sinnes & vnthankefulnes, and make perfect in him that good which thou hast begon: yea Lord I pray thee make him worthy to suffer, not onely imprisonement, but euen very death for thy truth, religion, and Gospels sake. As Anna did apply and geue her first child Samuell vnto thee: so do I deare father, beseching thee for Christes sake, to accept thys my gift, and geue my sonne Iohn Bradford grace alwayes truely to serue thee and thy people, as Samuell did, Amen. Amen.

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If on this sort good Mother, from your hart you would pray, as I should bee the most meryest man that euer was: so am I certayne the lettes 

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Obstacles, hindrances.

of your Prayer for my imprisonment, would be taken away. Good Mother, therefore marke what I haue written, and learne thys Prayer by hart, to say it dayly, and then I shall be mery, and you shall reioyce if that you continue, as I trust you doe, in Gods true Religion, euen the same I haue taught you, and my father Traues  
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John Traves was not Bradford's father nor was he a priest. Bradford calls him 'father' because of his age and as a mark of respect.

(I trust) will putte you in remembraunce of: my brother Roger  
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This is Roger Shalcross.

also I trust doth so dayly. Go to therefore and learne apace. Although the deuill cast diuerse lettes in the way, God, in whom you trust, will cast them awaye for his Christes sake, if you will call vppon hym: and neuer will he suffer you to bee tempted aboue that he will make you able to beare. MarginaliaThis letter came not to our handes.But how you should do herein, the other Letter whiche I haue written herewith, shall teache you, which I woulde none should read till my father Traues haue read it, and hee will geue you by Gods grace, some instructions.

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Now therfore will I make an end, praying you good Mother, to looke for no moe Letters: for if it were knowen that I haue penne and inke and did write, then shoulde I wante all the foresayd commodities I haue spoken of concernyng my body, and be cast into some dungeon in fetters of yron: which thyng I know would greue you, 

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Again, Bradford is concerned that the authorities might learn that he had been writing letters and imprison him more strictly.

and therefore for Gods sake, see that these be burned when thys litle prayer in it, is copyed out by my brother Roger: for perchaunce your house may be searched for such geare, whē you thinke litle of it, and looke for no moe, sweete Mother, till either God shall deliuer me and send me out, either you and I shall meete together in heauen, where we shall neuer part asunder, Amen.

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MarginaliaExhortation to his 2. sisters.I require you Elizabeth and Margaret my sisters, 

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For once, this is not Pauline terminology; Elizabeth and Margaret were Bradford's sisters.

that you will feare God, vse Prayer, loue your husbandes be obedient vnto them, as GOD willeth you: bryng vp your children in Gods feare: and be good housewiues, GOD blesse you both, with both your husbandes my good brethren, whom to do good, because I now can not, I will pray for them and you. Commende me to my sister Anne,  
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Anne is not Bradford's sister.

Mother Pike, T. Sorrocold and his wife, R. Shalcrosse and his wife, R. Bolton, I. Wild, M. Vicare, the Parson of Mottrom,  
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Foxe's lack of punctuation obscures the meaning of this passage. He is sending commendations to a vicar (possibly the vicar of Bolton) and the parson of Mottram as well Laurence Hall (another priest). These greetings suggest an impressive personal influence among the local clerics of the Manchester area.

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Syr Laurence Hall, with all that loue, and (I trust) liue the Gospell: and God turne Syr Thomas his hart,  
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As will become clear in his correspondance with John Traves, Bradford was attempting to convert Thomas Hall to protestantism.

Amen. I will dayly pray for him. I neede not to set my name, you know it well enough.

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Because you should geue my letters to my father Traues to be burned, I haue written here a Prayer for you to learne to pray for me good Mother, and an other for all your house in your euenyng Prayer to pray with my brother. These Prayers are written with myne own hand: keepe them still, but the Letters geue to father Traues to burne, and geue father Traues a copy of the latter Prayer.

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¶ An other Letter to his Mother, as his last farewell vnto her in this world, a litle before he was burned. 
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This letter was first printed in Letters of the Martyrs, pp. 454-55. ECL 260, fo. 193r-v is Bull's cast-off copy of this letter.

MarginaliaAn other and the last letter of M. Bradford written to his mother a litle before his death.GOds mercy and peace in Christ, be more and more perceiued of vs, Amen.My most deare Mother, in the bowelles of Christ I hartely pray and beseeche you to be thankefull for me vnto God, which thus now taketh me vnto hymselfe. I dye not, my good mother, as a theefe, a murderer, an adulterer. &c. but I dye as a witnesse of Christ, his Gospell and veritie, which hetherto I haue confessed (I thanke GOD) as well by Preachyng, as by prisonement, and now euen presently I shall most willyngly confirme the same by fire. I knowledge that GOD most iustly might take me hence simply for my sinnes (which are many, great, and greuous: but the Lord for his mercy in Christ, hath pardoned them all I hope): but now deare Mother, hee taketh me hence by this death, as a Confessour and witnesses, that the Religion taught by Christ Iesu, the Prophetes, and the Apostles, is Gods truth. MarginaliaBradford persecuted of the prelates not for his sinnes, but for the truth of Christ.The Prelates doe persecute in me Christe whom they hate, and his truth whiche they may not abyde, because their woorkes are euill, and may not abyde the truth and lyght, lest men shoulde see theyr darkenesse. Therefore my good and most deare Mother,

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geue thankes for me to God, that hee hath made the fruite of your wombe to be a witnesse of his glory, and attende to the truth (which I thanke God for it) I haue truly taught out of the Pulpite of Manchester. 

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This is another indication of Bradford's intense preaching activity in the Manchester area during Edward VI's reign.

Vse often and continuall prayer to God the Father through Christ. Harken, as you may, to the Scriptures: serue God after his word, and not after custome: beware of the Romish Religion in England, defile not your selfe with it: cary Christes Crosse as he shall laye it vppon your backe: forgeue them that kill me: pray for them, for they knowe not what they do: commit my cause to God our father: be myndefull of both your daughters to helpe them as you can.

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I send all my writynges to you by my brother Roger: 

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This is Roger Shalcross.

do with them as you will, because I cannot as I would, he can tell you more of my mynde. I haue nothyng to geue you, or to leaue behynde me for you: onely I pray God my father for his Christes sake, to blesse you and keepe you from euil. He geue you pacience, he make you thankefull, as for me, so for your selfe, that will take the fruite of your wombe to witnes his veritie: wherein I confesse to the whole world I dye and depart this life in hope of a much better: which I looke for at the handes of God my father through the merites of his deare sonne Iesus Christ.

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Thus my deare Mother, I take my last farewell of you in this lyfe, beseechyng the almighty and eternall father by Christ, to graunt vs to meete in the lyfe to come, where we shall geue him continuall thankes and prayse for euer and euer. Amen.

¶ Out of prison the 24. of Iune, 1555.


Your sonne in the Lord.
Iohn Bradford.

¶ A letter sent with a supplication to Queene Mary, her Counsell, and the whole Parlament. 
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This letter was first printed in Letters of the Martyrs, pp. 476-78.

MarginaliaA letter of M. Bradford ioyned with a supplication, sent to Q. Mary, her Counsell, and the Parlament.IN most humble wise complayneth vnto your Maiestie and honours, a poore subiect persecuted for the confession of Christes veritie: the which veritie deserueth at your handes to be maintained and defended, as the thyng, by the whiche you raigne and haue your honour and authorities. Although we that be professours, and thorough the grace of GOD, the constaunt confessours of the same, are (as it were) the outsweepynges of the worlde: yet (I say) the veritie it selfe is a thynge not vnwoorthy for your eares to heare, for your eyes to see, and for your handes to handle, helpe, and succour, accordyng to that the Lord hath made you able, and placed you where you are, for the same purpose. Your hyghnes and honours ought to know, that there is no innocencie in woordes or deedes, where it is enough and suffiseth onely to accuse. It behoueth 

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It is proper that; it is incumbent upon [OED].

Kinges, Queenes, and all that be in authoritie, to knowe that in the administration of their kyngdomes, they are Gods Ministers. It behoueth them to know, that MarginaliaDifference betwene kinges and Tyrantes.they are no Kynges but playne Tyrannes, which raigne not to this ende, that they may serue and set foorth Gods glory after true knowledge: and therefore it is required of them, that they would be wise, and suffer them selues to be taught, to submitte them selues to the Lordes discipline, and to kisse their Soueraigne, least they perishe: as all those Potentates with their principalities and dominions can not long prosper but perishe in deede, if they and their kyngdomes be not ruled wyth the Scepter of God, that is, with his worde: whiche, who so honoureth not, honoureth not God, MarginaliaGood warning to Q. Mary.and they that honour not the Lord, the Lord will not honour them, but bring them into contempt, and at the length take his owne cause, whiche he hath most chiefly committed vnto them to care for, into his owne handes, and so ouerthrow them, and set vp his truth gloriously: the people also perishyng with the Princes, where the worde of Prophecie is wantyng, much more is suppressed, as it is now in this Realme of England: ouer which the eyes of the Lord are set to destroy it, your highnes and all your honours, if in tyme you looke not better to your office and dutyes herein, and not suffer your selues to be MarginaliaPrinces made slaues to Antichrist.slaues and hangmē to Antichrist and his Prelates, which haue brought your highnes and honours already to let Barrabas lose, and to hang vp Christ: as by the grace and helpe of God I shall make apparaunt, if first it woulde please your excellent maiestie and all your honours, to take to hart Gods doctrine, which rather through the malice of the Pharisayes, I meane the Byshops and Prelates, then your consciences, is oppressed: and not for our contemptible and execrable state in the sight of the world, to passe the lesse of it. For it (the doctrine I meane) is hygher and of more honour and Maiestie, then all the whole world. It standeth inuincible aboue all power, beyng not our doctrine, but the doctrine of the euerliuyng God and of his Christ, MarginaliaChrist ordeyned to beare dominion ouer all.whō the father hath ordained kyng, to haue dominion frō sea to sea,

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