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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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to suffer what soeuer the cruell hands of their enemies shoulde woorke againste them, diinge more ioyfully in the flaminge fire, then some of them that burned them, did perauenture in their beddes: suche a Lord is God, glorious and wonderful in all his saintes. The martirdome of these saints of god was the. xvi.of Maye.

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Ihon Harpole.
Ioane Beach Widow. MarginaliaMartirs. 
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In the 1563 edition, Foxe just stated that Harpole and Beach were burned in Rochester on 1 April 1556. This entire account first appeared in the 1570 edition and was based entirely on material taken from the register of Maurice Griffins, bishop of Rochester, which Foxe must have consulted between 1563 and 1570 (see 1570, p. 2086; 1576, p. 1700 and 1583, p. 1406). Only fragments of this register survive andthese documents are now lost.

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MarginaliaIhon Harpole. Ione Beach widow.MVch about this tyme fell the martirdom of two other holy martirs burned at Rochester, thone a man named Ihon Harpole, thother a woman named Ioane Beache widow, who for theyr cōstant perseuering in the Lords truth, and testimony of his word, gaue theire lyues and bodyes to be consumed and resolued in the fire at Rochester, about þt day, as I find it recorded, fyrst of Aprill.

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A blind boy.
An other. 
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Thomas Drowry and Thomas Croker

In the 1563 edition these two martyrs were unnamed; their names were only added in the 1570 edition. And Thomas Croker's name may be incorrect; the writ authorizing his execution gives his first name as John (PRO C/85/203/2).

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All Foxe had on these two martyrs in the 1563 edition, was that a bricklayer and a blind boy were burned at Gloucester around 1556 and that the blind boy was the one who had been mentioned in the narrative of John Hooper's execution. In the 1570 edition, Foxe added the names of these two martyrs. In the 1583 edition, Foxe added an account of Thomas Drowry's final examination and condemnation which Foxe obtained from John Louth, who had been chancellor of Gloucester.

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MarginaliaA blynde boy burnedANd here is not to be forgotten an other as godly couple which suffered the like passion and martirdom for the same cause of religion at Gloucestre, of the which two the one was the blind boy, mencioned before in the history of bishop Hoper pag. 1056. col.2. whō the saide vertuous byshop confirmed then in the lord, and in the doctrine of his word.

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MarginaliaAn other burnt with the blynde boy at Glocester.With him also was burned an other in the same place, and at the same fyre in Gloucester about the. 5. of may whose name and examinations, as yet, be not come to our hands.

MarginaliaMay. 21.After the death of these aboue rehersed, wer thre men burnt at Beckles in Suff. in one fyre, about the. xxi. daye of Maye. Ano. 1556. 

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Spicer, Denny and Poole

In the 1563 edition, Foxe summarized the official records of the examinations of these three martyrs and presented a detailed account of their executions. He also charged that these martyrs had been burned illegally, as a writ for their execution had not been obtained. In the 1570 edition, Foxe added material from an individual informant on the arrest of Thomas Spicer. He also copied out the articles against the martyrs in full and elaborated on the reasons why the writs aurthorizing their execution were not delivered. The sentences against the three martyrs, apparently removed from the original record book, survive among Foxe's papers as BL, Harley 421, fos. 164r-165v.

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Whose names are here vnder specified.

Thomas Spicer.
Iohn Deny and

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His name was given as William Poole in 1563 and corrected in 1570.


These thre men were brought before MarginaliaDunyngs.Dunnings then Chauncelor of Norwich, and MarginaliaM. Mynges.maister M. the Register, 

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William Mingey, the registrar for the diocese of Norwich, died in 1565. In the 1563 edition, before Mingey's death, Foxe only identifies him as 'Master M'. After his death, his full surname is given.

sittinge then at the saide Beckles to examine them: and there the sayd Chauncelor perswading what hee coulde to turne thē from þe trueth, could by no meanes preuaile of his purpose. Wherby minding in the ende to giue sentence on them, bruste out in teares, intreating them to remember them selues, and to turne againe to the holy mother church, for that they were deceaued and out of the waye, and that they should not be willfully caste away them selues, with such like woordes. Now as he was thus labouring thē and semed very loth to rede sentence (for they were the first that he condempned in that di-

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oces) the foresayd Register stode vp and sayd: 

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Note that this was passage was much more critical of Mingey in the 1563 edition and was subsequently toned down.

Syr what ado make you? they be at that point they will be at: therfore reade sentence and dispatche the knaues. At which wordes the Chaūcelor red the condempnacion ouer them with teares, & deliuered them to the secular power. And the next daye they all were burnte at the sayd Beckles by Sir Iohn Silliard thē high sherife of Norff. and Suff. Wherat many murmured, and thought he wente beyond his commission, in that he put them to death without a writte from the lord Chauncelor of England, for his warraunt, which in so short time could not be obteyned, the sayd Chauncelour being then at Londō, which is at least lxxx. myle from that place. As they were at the stake, and had prayed, they sayd their beliefe: and when they cam to the reciting of the catholick church, sir Iohn Silliard spake to them: that is wel sayd sirs, quod he. I am glad to heare you say, you do beleue the Catholick church. That is the beast worde I hard of you yet: to which his saings William Pole answered, that though they beleue the Catholike church, yet do they not beleue in theyr Popish church, which is no parte of christes catholick church, and therfore no parte of theyr belefe. When they rose from prayer, they all wente ioyfully to the stake, and being bound therto, and the fire burning about them, they praysed God in such an audible voyce, that it was wonderfull to al those which stode by & hard it. MarginaliaRobert Bacon.And one Robert Bacon, dwelling in the said Beckles, a very enemy to Gods truth, & a persecutor of his people, being there present within hearinge thereof, willed the tormentours to throw on fagots, to stop the knaues breathes, as he termed them: so whote was his burning charity. But these good men not regarding their malice, confessed the truth, & yelded their liues to the death, for the testimony of the same, very gloriously and ioyfully, the which thier constancy in the like cause, the Lord graunte we may imitate and followe for his Christes sake. Amen.

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The sayde Thomas Spicer was a single man, 

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The description of Spicer and his arrest which follows undoubtedly came from an individual informant and not from an official record.

of the age of. xix. yeres, and by vocation a labourer, dwelling in Wenson, in the coūty of Suffolke, & ther taken in his maysters house in sommer, about, or a none after the rising of the sunne (being in his bed) by MarginaliaIames Ling Ihō Keretch. William DauiesIames Ling and Ihon Keretch of the same towne, & Williā Dauies of Debnā, in the said Coūty. The occasion of hys taking was, for that he would not go to their popishe churche to here masse, and receiue their Idole at the commaūdment of the said Sir Ihon Silliard, and Sir Ihon Tirrell knight of Gypping hall in Suffolk, who sent them to Eay dungeon in Suffolke, and at length they suffered death as ye haue heard.

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