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1. Preface to Rubric 2. The Rubric 3. Mary's First Moves 4. The Inhibition5. Bourne's Sermon 6. The True Report7. The Precept to Bonner 8. Anno 15549. From 'The Communication' to 'A Monition' 10. Bonner's Monition11. Mary's Articles for Bonner 12. The Articles 13. From Mary's Proclamation to the 'Stile'14. From the 'Stile' to the 'Communication' 15. The 'Communication' 16. How Thomas Cranmer ... 17. Cranmer18. Ridley 19. Latimer20. Harpsfield's Forme 21. 1563's Disputational Digest22. Political Events up to Suffolk's Death 23. Between Mantell and the Preacher's Declaration 24. The Declaration of Bradford et al 25. May 19 to August 1 26. August 1 - September 3 27. From Bonner's Mandate to Pole's Oration 28. Winchester's Sermon to Bonner's Visitation 29. Pole's Oration 30. From the Supplication to Gardiner's Sermon 31. From Gardiner's Sermon to 1555 32. From the Arrest of Rose to Hooper's Letter 33. Hooper's Answer and Letter 34. To the End of Book X 35. The Martyrdom of Rogers 36. The Martyrdom of Saunders 37. Saunders' Letters 38. Hooper's Martyrdom 39. Hooper's Letters 40. Rowland Taylor's Martyrdom 41. Becket's Image and other events 42. Miles Coverdale and the Denmark Letters 43. Bonner and Reconciliation 44. Robert Farrar's Martyrdom 45. The Martyrdom of Thomas Tomkins 46. The Martyrdom of Rawlins/Rowland White47. The Martyrdom of Higbed and Causton 48. The Martyrdom of William Hunter 49. The Martyrdom of Pigot, Knight and Laurence 50. Judge Hales 51. The Providential Death of the Parson of Arundel 52. The Martyrdom of John Awcocke 53. The Martyrdom of George Marsh 54. The Letters of George Marsh 55. The Martyrdom of William Flower 56. Mary's False Pregnancy57. The Martyrdom of Cardmaker and Warne 58. John Tooly 59. The Examination of Robert Bromley [nb This is part of the Tooly affair]60. Censorship Proclamation 61. The Martyrdom of Thomas Haukes 62. Letters of Haukes 63. The Martyrdom of Thomas Watts 64. Martyrdom of Osmund, Bamford, Osborne and Chamberlain65. The Martyrdom of Ardley and Simpson 66. The Martyrdom of John Bradford 67. Bradford's Letters 68. William Minge 69. The Martyrdom of John Bland 70. The Martyrdom of Frankesh, Middleton and Sheterden 71. Sheterden's Letters 72. Martyrdom of Carver and Launder 73. Martyrdom of Thomas Iveson 74. John Aleworth 75. Martyrdom of James Abbes 76. Martyrdom of Denley, Newman and Pacingham 77. Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley 78. Richard Hooke 79. Martyrdom of William Coker, et al 80. Martyrdom of George Tankerfield, et al 81. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Smith 82. Martyrdom of Harwood and Fust 83. Martyrdom of William Haile 84. Examination of John Newman 85. Martyrdom of Robert Samuel 86. George King, Thomas Leyes and John Wade 87. William Andrew 88. William Allen 89. Martyrdom of Thomas Cobb 90. Martyrdom of Roger Coo 91. Martyrdom of Catmer, Streater, Burwood, Brodbridge, Tutty 92. Martyrdom of Hayward and Goreway 93. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Glover 94. John and William Glover 95. Cornelius Bungey 96. Martyrdom of Wolsey and Pigot 97. Life and Character of Nicholas Ridley 98. Ridley and Latimer's Conference 99. Ridley's Letters 100. Life of Hugh Latimer 101. Latimer's Letters 102. Ridley and Latimer Re-examined and Executed103. More Letters of Ridley 104. Life and Death of Stephen Gardiner 105. Martyrdom of Webb, Roper and Park 106. William Wiseman 107. Examinations and Martyrdom of John Philpot 108. John Went 109. Isobel Foster 110. Joan Lashford 111. Five Canterbury Martyrs 112. Life and Martyrdom of Cranmer 113. Letters of Cranmer 114. Martyrdom of Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield 115. Persecution in Salisbury Maundrell, Coberly and Spicer 116. William Tyms, et al 117. The Norfolk Supplication 118. Letters of Tyms 119. John Hullier's Execution120. John Hullier 121. Christopher Lister and five other martyrs 122. Hugh Lauerocke and John Apprice 123. Katherine Hut, Elizabeth Thacknell, et al 124. Martyrdom of John Harpole and Joan Beach 125. Thomas Drury and Thomas Croker 126. Thomas Spicer, John Deny and Edmund Poole 127. Thomas Rede128. Persecution of Winson and Mendlesam 129. William Slech 130. Avington Read, et al 131. Wood and Miles 132. Adherall and Clement 133. A Merchant's Servant Executed at Leicester 134. Thirteen Burnt at Stratford-le-Bow135. Persecution in Lichfield 136. Hunt, Norrice, Parret 137. Martyrdom of Bernard, Lawson and Foster 138. John Careless 139. Letters of John Careless 140. Martyrdom of Julius Palmer 141. Guernsey Martyrdoms 142. Dungate, Foreman and Tree 143. Martyrdom of Joan Waste 144. Three Men of Bristol145. Martyrdom of Edward Sharpe 146. Four Burnt at Mayfield at Sussex 147. John Horne and a woman 148. Northampton Shoemaker 149. Prisoners Starved at Canterbury 150. More Persecution at Lichfield 151. Exhumations of Bucer and Phagius along with Peter Martyr's Wife152. Pole's Visitation Articles for Kent153. Ten Martyrs Burnt at Canterbury154. The 'Bloody Commission'155. Twenty-two Prisoners from Colchester156. Five Burnt at Smithfield157. Stephen Gratwick and others158. Edmund Allen and other martyrs159. Edmund Allen160. Alice Benden and other martyrs161. Richard Woodman and nine other martyrs162. Ambrose163. The Martyrdom of Simon Miller and Elizabeth Cooper164. Rose Allin and nine other Colchester Martyrs165. John Thurston166. Thomas More167. George Eagles168. Richard Crashfield169. Fryer and George Eagles' sister170. John Kurde171. Cicelye Ormes172. Joyce Lewes173. Rafe Allerton and others174. Agnes Bongeor and Margaret Thurston175. Persecution at Lichfield176. Persecution at Chichester177. Thomas Spurdance178. Hallingdale, Sparrow and Gibson179. John Rough and Margaret Mearing180. Cuthbert Simson181. William Nicholl182. Seaman, Carman and Hudson183. Three at Colchester184. A Royal Proclamation185. Roger Holland and other Islington martyrs186. Richard Yeoman187. John Alcocke188. Alcocke's Epistles189. Thomas Benbridge190. Stephen Cotton and other martyrs191. Alexander Gouch and Alice Driver192. Three at Bury193. The Final Five Martyrs194. William Living195. The King's Brief196. William Browne197. Some Persecuted at Suffolk198. Elizabeth Lawson199. Edward Grew200. The Persecuted of Norfolk201. The Persecuted of Essex202. Thomas Bryce203. The Persecuted in Kent204. The Persecuted in Coventry and the Exiles205. Thomas Parkinson206. The Scourged: Introduction207. Richard Wilmot and Thomas Fairfax208. Thomas Greene209. Bartlett Greene and Cotton210. Steven Cotton's Letter211. Scourging of John Milles212. Scourging of Thomas Hinshaw213. Robert Williams214. Bonner's Beating of Boys215. A Beggar of Salisbury216. John Fetty217. James Harris218. Providences: Introduction219. The Miraculously Preserved220. Christenmas and Wattes221. Simon Grinaeus222. John Glover223. Dabney224. Alexander Wimshurst225. Bosom's wife226. The Delivery of Moyse227. Lady Knevet228. Crosman's wife229. Congregation at Stoke in Suffolk230. Congregation of London231. Robert Cole232. Englishmen at Calais233. John Hunt and Richard White234. Punishments of Persecutors235. Tome 6 Life and Preservation of the Lady Elizabeth236. The Westminster Conference237. Nicholas Burton238. Another Martyrdom in Spain239. Baker and Burgate240. Burges and Hoker241. Justice Nine-Holes242. Back to the Appendix notes243. A Poor Woman of Exeter244. Those Burnt at Bristol: extra material245. Priest's Wife of Exeter246. Gertrude Crockhey
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1152 [183]

Sereniß. Principi D. Christiano dei gratia Daniæ &c. Regi Sleswici &c. duci: comiti in Oldenburgh &c. fratri et amico nostro charißimo.

MAria dei gratia, Regina Angliæ, Franciæ, Neapolis, Hierusalem et Hiberniæ &c. Serenissimo Principi Christiano, eadem gratia, Noruegiæ, Gothorum, & Vandalorū Regi: Slesuici, Holsatiæ, Stormariæ & Ditmersiæ duci: Comiti in Oldenburgh & Delmenhorst &c. fratri et amico nostro chariß. salutē, prosperūq̀ rerū incrementū. Cū intellexerimus ex Serenitatis vestræ literis, quas hic nuntius nobis attulit, desideriū vestrum obtinendia nobis pro M. Couerdalo subdito nostro exeundis è regno nostro & ad vos proficiscendi facultatem, facile quidem in V. Serenitatis gratiā, hanc illi facultatē cōceßimus. Et quanquā ille natus subditus noster nōdū explicatus fuerat a debitione certæ cuiusdam pecuniæ quā nostro ærario soluere iure tenebatur, tamen maiorem vestri desiderij quam nostri debiti rationem habendā esse duximus. Quando animum et voluntatē gratificandi vestræ Serenitati pro nostra mutua amicitia, in qua alia etiam re possumus, cum oportunitas feret, libenter ostendemus. Deus V. Serenitatem diutißime seruet incolumem. Ex Regia nostra Westmonasterij, 18. Februarij. 1555.

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Vestra soror & consanguinea Maria.

☞ The same moneth the. 19 daye, was a declaration printed in the name of Boner, 

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Bonner's Absolution

Foxe's printing of the absolution and his description of its being issued first appear in the 1563 edition. The document was reprinted from Bishop Bonner's register (Guildhall MS 9531/12, fol. 372r-v), Foxe's major archival source for his first edition. This material was reprinted unchanged in subsequent editions of the Acts and Monuments.

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concerning the receiuing of Cardinal Pole, as here foloweth.

¶ The declaration of the byshop of Londō, to be published to the lay people of his diocesse, concerning their reconciliation. 
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This document is fol. 372-v of Bishop Bonner's register (London Guildhall MS 9531/12). The form of the absolution, printed just below, is on fol. 372v.

EDmund by the permission of god B. London, vnto all & singuler the laye people of his dioces, doth sēd greting in our sauioure Iesu Christe.

Whereas this noble Realme of England, diuiding it selfe from the vnitye of the catholyke church, and from the agrement in religion with all other Christen realmes, hath beene, besides many other miseries and plages, which gods indignation hath powred vpon it, greouously also vexed, and sore infected with manye and sōdry sortes of sectes of heritikes, as Arrians, Anabaptistes, Libertines. zwinglians, Lutherans, and many other, all which sectes be moste repugnant, and contrary one against another, and all agaynst gods truth, and christes catholike fayth: wherupon hath growen such slaunder to the realme, such malice and disagremēt among oure selues, the inhabitants therof, such treasons, tumultes, and insurrections againste our prince, such blasphemy and dishonour vnto God, as no mans tongue or pen is hable to expresse: It hath pleased the goodnes of God to cast his eye of mercy and clemency vpon vs, and to moue the Popes holinesse, to sende hys most godly messenger, the most reuerend father in God, the Lord Cardinal Pole legate de latere, to bring vs the gladde tidinges of peace and reconciliation, and to reduce and bring home vnto the fold, the lost shepe that were gone astray, whose message as it hath bene honorably receaued of the king & Quenes maiesties, euē so the lords spirituall and tēporal, & commons at the last parliament hath receaued it, reuokinge all lawes (the which in the time of schisme wer promulgate against the autority of the Popes holines) and restoryng the same, and the church of Rome to all that power which they had in this realme before the said schisme, the which reconciliatiō was also most glad & ioyfully embraced aswel of all the clergie, & cōuocation of the prouince of Cant. as also of many other persons, & being so great & necessary, to be extended to euery person of the realme, it hath pleased the sayde Lord Legates grace to geue, & impart vnto me the said B. of London, for my said diocesse, & to al such as I shal appoint in that behalf power & autoritie to absolue & reconcile al & euery persō therof, aswel of the clergie as of the laytie, & as wel men as women, the whiche will renounce their errours, & (being penitent) wil humbly re

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quire to be restored to the vnitie of the catholik church, as by the letters of the said lord legates grace sent vnto me, & frō me sent vnto eueriche of the Archdeacons within my diocesse, more at large may, & doth appeare. And forasmuch as in mine own person, aswel for þe multitude of people, as distaunce of places, I can not minister this benefit vnto euery priuate person my self, & for that also the holy time of Lent is nowe at hand in whiche euery true christen mā ought to come vnto his owne pastour & Curate, to be of him confessed, & to receiue at his hande holsome counsel, penaunce & absolutiō: these are therfore aswell to geue knowlege hereof vnto euery one of you, as also to signifie & declare that for that purpose I haue by the said autoritie, chosen, named, & deputed, & so by these presents, do chose, name, & depute al & singuler pastors, & curates. hauing cure of soules within my diocesse, & being them selues reconciled herein, that they and euery of them, by autoritie hereof, shal haue ful power & autoritie to absolue all such as be laye persons of their parishes, from heresy & schisme, and from the censures of the churche, into the which they be fallē by occasion thereof, and also to recōcile to the church, al such which shal declare them selues penitent, and desirous to enioy the benefit of the sayde reconciliation. And whereas diuers pastours and curats in sondry parishes, peraduentur be not able to satisfy the mindes, & to appease the consciences of some of their parishners, in cases that shal trouble thē, I haue therfore geuē also autority to euery arch deacon of my diocesse, within his Archdeaconry, to name and appoynt certayn of the best lerned in euery deanry of theyr Archdeaconrye, to supply that lack, so that euery man so troubled, may repayr to any one of thē within the said deāry, whome he shall like best, to be instructed and appeased in that behalf. And also I haue appointed, that if this beinge done, there shall yet remain any scruple in the parties conscience, and hym selfe not satisfied, then the sayde partye to repair vnto one of mine Archdeacōs, or chapleines, vnto whome his mind shalbe moste inclined vnto, or els to repayr vnto mine owne self, to be resolued in his sayd scrupel or doubt, & to receaue & take such order therin as to one of the sayd Archdeacons or vnto me shal therin appere to be most expedient. Further certifieng & declaring vnto you, that I haue geuen commaundement herin to al my Archdeacons, that they monish & commaūd euery pastour, & curat within their Archdeaconries, that they hauing knowlege hereof do in the first holiday next thē folowing, at the masse time, whē the multitude of people is presente, declare all these thinges

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