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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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1643 [1562]

Actes and Monumentes of the churche

Henry Cole clerk, Deane of Paules, William Roper, and Rafe Cholmley, Esquiers, Williā Cooke, Thomas Martin, Iohn Story, & Iohn Vaughan doctors of law, greting. For as much as diuers deuilish and slaunderous persons, hauing not onely inuented, bruted and set foorth diuers false rumours, tales and seditious slaūders against vs, but also haue sowen diuers heresies, and hereticall opinions, and set forth diuers seditious bokes within this our realm of England, meaning therby to stirre vp diuisiō, strife, contention, and sedition, not only amōgs our louing subiectes, but also betwixt vs and and our said subiectes, with diuer others outragyous misdemeanors, enormities, contemptes, & offenses, daily committed and done to the dysquieting of vs and our people, we minding and intending the due punishment of such offēdors & the repressing of such like offēses, enormities, & misbehauiors frō henceforth, hauing speciall trust & confidence in your fidelities, wisdoms, and discretions, haue authorised, appointed, & assigned you to be our cōmissioners, & by these presentes do geue ful power and authority vnto you, and thre of you, to enquire as well by þe othes of. xii. good & lawful men, as by witnesses and al other meanes & politike wayes you can deuise, of al and singuler heresies, heretical opinions, lollardies, hereticall and sedicious bokes, concelements, contempts, conspiracies, and all false rumours, tales, sedicious & slaūderous wordes or sayings, raysed, published, bruted, inuented, or set forth against vs, or eyther of vs, or against the quiet gouernance and rule of our peoples & subiects, by bookes, lyes, tales, or otherwise, in any county, key, bowing or other place, or places, wtin this our realm of England, Marginaliawhat watch is here to kepe down Christ, but yet he wyll ryse.or els where, in any place, or places, beyond the seas, and of the bringing in, vttrers biers, sellers, readers, kepers, or conueyors of any such letter, bokes, rumor, & tale, & of al & euery their coadiutors, coūsellors, cōfortors, procurors, abbettors, & mainteinors, geuing vnto you, &. iii. of you, ful power & authority by vertue herof to serch out and take into your hādes and possessiōs, al maner of heretical & sedicious bokes, letters, & writings, whersoeuer they, or any of thē shalbe foūd, aswel in printers houses & shops, as elswher, willing you, & euery of you to search for the same in al places accordyng to your discretiōs, & also to enquire, heare & determine al and singuler enormities, disturbāces, misbehauiors, and negligēces cōmitted in any church, chapel, or other hallowed place within this realm, and also, for, & concerning þe taking away or wtholding any lāds, tenemēts, goods, ornamēts, stocks of money, or other things belonging to euery of the same churches & chappels, and al accomptes and reconinges concerning the same. And also to enquire and searche out al such persons as obstinately doe refuse to

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receiue þe blessed sacramnet of thaltar, to here Masse, or come to their parish or other conuenient places appointed for diuine seruice, and all such as refuse to go in procession, to take holye bred, or holy water, or otherwise do misuse thē selues in any church or other hallowed place, whersoeuer any of þe same offēses haue ben, or hereafter shalbe committed wtin this our sayde realm. Neuertheles our wil and pleasure is, þt when, and as often as any person or persons, hereafter to be called or conuēted, before you, do ostinately persiste, or stande in anye maner of heresy, or heretical opinion, þt then ye or thre of you, do immediately take order that the same person or persons, so standing or persisting, bee deliuered and committed to his Ordinary, ther to be vsed according to the spiritual and ecclesiastical lawes, and also we geue vnto you, or. 3. of you, full power & authoritie, to enquire and search out al vacaboūds, & masterles mē, Barrettors, quarellers, and suspect persōs, abiding wtin our city of London, & x. miles compasse of the same, and al assaults and affraies done and committed wtin the same same city and cōpasse. And further to search out al waste, decayes, and ruines of churches, chaūcels, chapels, personages & vicarages in þe dioces of the same, being wtin this realm, geuing you, and euery of you full power and authority by vertue herof to heare and determine þe same, and al other offēses and matters aboue specified & rehearsed, according to your wisdoms, consciēces and discretiōs, willing and commaūding you, or. iii. of you from time to time to vse and deuise al such politike waies and means for the trial and serching out of the premisses, as by you, or thre of you shall be thought most expediēt and necessary, and vpon inquiry and due profe had, knowen, perceiued and tried out, by the confession of the parties, or by sufficient witnesses before you, or. iii of you, concerning the premisses or anye parte therof, or by any other waies or meanes requysite, to geue and awarde such punishmente to thoffēdors, by fine, imprisōmēt, or otherwise & to take such order for redresse & reformation of the premisses, as to your wisdoms, or thre of you shalbe thought mete & conuenient. Further willing & commaunding you & euery thre of you, in case you shal find any persō or persōs obstinate or disobediēt either in their apperāce before you, or. 3. of you, at your callåg or assignemēt, or els in not accōplishyng or not obeying your decrees, orders, and commaundementes in any thing or thinges, touching the premisses or any part therof, to commit the same person or persons so offending to ward, ther to remain, till by you or thre of you, he be discharged or deliuered. 

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At this point Foxe's reprinting of the document concludes in the 1570, 1576 and 1583 editions. Foxe retained the portion of the document dealing with the execution and imprisonment of religious offenders, but he dropped the section dealing with fines.

And we geue to you, and euery thre of you, full power & authoritie by these presentes, to take and receiue by your discretion of euery offendour or suspect person to be cō

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