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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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1581 [1512]

Actes and Monumentes of the church.

For we thinke it no true obedience, vnto the Queenes highnesse, or to any other Magistrate ordeined of God vnder her, to obey in thynges contrary to goddes worde, although the same bee neuer so straightlye charged in her graces name. The Bishop of Winchester hath truely taught in that poynt in his boke of true obedyence, that true obedience is in the lorde, and not against the Lord, as the Apostles aunswered before the counsayle at Ierusalem, commaunding no more to preache in the name of the Lorde Iesus.

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Iudge you (sayde they) whether it be ryghte in the sight of god, to heare you rather thē god. And agayne they sayde: we muste obey God rather then man. Wherfore we learne that true obedience is to obey God king of all kinges and Lorde of all Lordes: and for him, in him (& not against him and his worde) to obey the princes and magistrates of this world, who are not truly obeyed whan God is disobeyed, nor yet disobeyed, what God is faithfully obeyed. Tobias disobeyed not his king, although contrarye to his commaundement, and contrary to the vsage of all other, when they went to Dan and Bethell he went vnto Ierusalem, and worshipped in the temple of the Lorde. The thre yong men in Babilon, refusing king Nabuchodonosors commaundement, pleased God more, then the whole multitude that obeyed it. And Daniell, that prayed to the God of heauen, contrarye to king Darius commaundementes, beare a more true and faithfull heart to the king, then those wicked counsailours, that procured that wicked law, or those, that for feare of flattery obeyed it. Whiche two pestilences (feare and flattery haue euer destroyed true obedience to God and mā: whan wicked godles men (that care not yf the deuill were worshipped, so they maye gette and obteyne riches, promotions, dignities & worldly glory) turne to and fro, as euery wind bloweth: and weake and fraile menne fearing losse of goodes, punishment or death, doe outwardly in body that thing, that theyr heartes and conscyences inwardly abhorreth. And so outwardlye disboey God and in heart dissemble with man. Which dissimulation we thinke worthy hate of all men, and most vncomely for Christian men. Wherfore We humbly beseche the Quenes maiesty, with pitie and mercy to tender the lamentable suite of vs her poor subiectes, by this commaundemente sore hurte and wounded in oure consciences and driuen to manye miseries. And that, by the malicious attemptes of wycked menne, suffer great wronges and iniuries slaūders, losse of goodes, and bodily vexations We thinke not good, by any vnlawfull sturre or cōmotion, to seke remedy: but intende by Goodes grace, to obey her maiesty in all thinges, not against God and his holy worde. But vnto such vngodlye Byshoplyke commaundementes as are agaynst God, we aunswere with the Apostles: god must be obeyed rather then manne. If persecution shall ensue (whiche some threatē vs with) wee desire the heauenlye father accordinge to his promise to looke from heauen, to heare our crye, to iudge betwene vs and our aduersaries. And to geue vs fayth strength, and patience, to continue faithfull vnto the end, and to shorten these euill daies for his chosens sake. And so we faithfully beleue he will. Notwithstāding we trust the Quenes gracious and mercy-

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full heart, will not suffer such tiranny to be done against her poore innocent, faithfull and obedyent subiectes, that daily pray vnto god for her, whiche haue no remedy in this worlde, but to sue vnto her highnes, our most gracious and benigne soueraigne: whom we praye and beseche, for the deare bloude of Christ, to pitie our lamētable case and hurt of conscience, and to cal back al suche commaundements, as are against gods honoure, as the good king Darius, Ahasuerus Traianus, Theodosius, and diuers other haue done: and to permitte the holy word of god and true religion (sette forth by our most holye and innocent king Edwarde, a very sainct of god) to be restored againe vnto our Churches, to be frequented amongest vs. So shall we grow and increase in the knowledge of god and of Christ, in true repentaunce and amendement of lyfe: so shall we exhibite true obedience to our lawfull magistrates and al superiours ordeined of god: so shall loue and charitie (of late thorowe thys commaundement so decayed) be again restored, the honour of her regall estate the more confyrmed and established, and godlines and vertuous lyfe among her louing subiectes increased and maintained.

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And we most heartely pray you (right honorable Commissioners) to bee meanes vnto the Queenes highnesse, and to her honourable coūsayle, that this our humble suite may be fauourablye tendred, and graciously heard and graūted. And we shall not cease daye and nyghte, to praye vnto the heauenlye father, longe to preserue her grace, and all other Magistrates, in his feare and loue, and in prosperous peace and wealth, with longe lyfe and honor. Amen.

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¶ Youre poore suppliauntes, the louers of Christes true Relygyon in Norffolke and Suffolke.



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William Tyms's Letters

One letter of Tyms' appeared out of sequence in the 1563 edition (pp. 1512-13). This letter was never reprinted and none of Tyms' letters were printed in the Letters of the Martyrs. All other letters of Tyms first appeared in the 1570 edition and were reprintedwithout change.

☞ In the Historye of the Martyrs nexte goyng before this Supplication aboue prefixed, mention was made of one William Timmes a Godlye Minister and Martyr of Christ. Thys Wylliam Timmes a lyttle before hys Martyrdome, beyng in pryson wrote a certayn letter vnto hys Sister, verye fruytefull, and not vnworthye to bee redde, whiche letter, to keepe a ryghte order in the History, shoulde haue beene placed before the foresayd Supplycation, but because the sayde letter came no sooner to oure handes, commynge halfe a daye shorte, (whereby it coulde not bee adioyned there where wee woulde) so soone as it came, wee placed it here, and yet not greatly (I truste) interruptynge thereby the order of the Historye. The woordes of the letter bee these.

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A Letter of Wylliam Tyms mentioned a lyttle before this supplication. 
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This letter, to a woman 'sustainer', was only printed in the 1563 edition. It is dated 7 September 1555.


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