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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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1654 [1573]

healpe, but that all the world shal see, & know that my bloud shal not be deare in mine owne sight, when soeuer it shall please God to giue my aduersaries leaue to shede it. MarginaliaPhil. 3.I do ernestly beleue, that God which hath begon this good worke in me, will performe it to the end, as he hath geuen me grace, and will alwaye, MarginaliaMath, bere his easy yoke & light burden, the which I haue always found, I praise my lord god. For whē I haue bene in prison, wearinge other whyle boltes, other while shackels, other while lieng on the bare ground, somtime sitting in the stockes, somtime bounde with cordes, that all my body hath bene swollen muche like to ouer come for the payne that hath bene in my fleshe sōtime faine to ly without in the wods, & felds wandring to and froe, fewe I saye that durste to kepe my cōpany for feare of the rulers, sum time brought before the iustices, sherifes, lords doctors, and bishops, somtime called dog, som time deuil, hereticke, whoremonger, traytour, thefe, deceiuer with diuers other suche like: yea and euen thē that eate of my breade, that should haue bene moste my frends by nature, hath betrayed me: MarginaliaPsalmes.yet for all this I prayse my Lorde god that hath separated me from my mothers wombe, that all this that hath happened to me hath bene easye, light, and most delectable, and ioyful of any treasure that euer I possessed: for I praise god, they are not able to proue one iot or title of their saienges true: But that waye that they call heresy, I serue my Lord god, and at all tymes before whom so euer I haue bene brought, God hath geuen me mouth, and wisdom, where against all my aduersaries haue not bene able to resiste, I prayse God therfore. Wherfore dere sister, be of good comfort, wyth all our breathern and sisters, MarginaliaLuk. 21.and take no thought what you shal say. for it shal be geuen you the same hower, accordinge to the promises, as I haue alwaies found, as you and al other of Gods elect shall well fynde when the time is ful come. MarginaliaMath. 10. And wher as I and many other haue hoped, that this persecution woulde haue bene at an end or this time: Now I perceiue, God wil haue a further trial to rote out all dissemblers, that no men shoulde reioice in him selfe: but he that reioyceth, shall reioyce in God. Wherfore if prophecy shoulde fayle, and tounges should cease, yet loue must endure. for feare hath painfulnes, Marginalia1 Corin. 13.but a perfect loue casteth out all feare: which loue I haue no mistruste but God hath poured it vpon you so aboundantly, that nothing in the world shallbe able to separat you from God, MarginaliaRom 8. nether high nor low rich nor pore, life nor death, shalbe able to put you from Christ: but by him I truste you shall enter into new Ierusalem, there to liue for euer, beholding the glory of God with the same eies, that you now haue, and all other faithfull people that continue to the ende, geue all honour & glory to god the father, god the sunne and god the holy ghost both now & euer. Amē.

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The examination of Richard woodman before the bishop of Chichester, as it was reported by his own hand writyng.

FVrthermore, you shal vnderstande that I was sent from the Sheriffes to London, the. xii. day of Aprill, in the yeare of our Lord God. 1557. and

the. 14. day of þe same moneth I was brought before the bishop of Chichester, 

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At this point, Christopherson had been appointed bishop of Chichester but his appointment had not been confirmed by the pope and he had not been consecrated. This created legal problems for the prosecution of Woodman.

and D. Story, and D. Cooke. So the Shiriffes man delyuered my warrant and me to the bishop. Then the bishop asked me what my name was. My name (quoth I) is Richard Woodman.

Chiches. I am sory for you, and so are all the worshipful men of your country. For it hath bene reported to me, that you haue bene a mā of good estimation in al the country, amōgest the poore and riche, tyll now of late. Wherefore looke wel vpon your selfe, your wife and children, your father, & other of your frendes, and be ruled. Thinke not your selfe wyser thē al the realm. Be enformed, and you shal haue their fauours al, as much as euer you had.

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VVood. You haue charged me with many thinges, wherin I haue neuer offended, and if you wil giue me leaue, I wyl shew you.

Chichest. Yes, I pray you saye your mynde.

VVood. If it please you, you haue charged me as though I made my selfe wyser then al the realme: God doth know, I stand to learne of euery man, that wyll or can teache mee the truth. And where as you say I haue bene wel estemed, both of the poore and rich, God doth know, I know not that I haue geuen any iust offense, either to rich or poore. And as for my wyfe and children, God dothe knowe howe I loue them in hym, and my lyfe also. My lyfe, my wyfe, and my Chyldren are all in Gods handes, and I haue them all, as I had them not, I trust according to S. Paules wordes. But if I had ten thousand pounde of golde, I had rather forgo it all, then them, if I myghte be in choyse, and not displease God.

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Chich. The Sherif tooke payn to come to me of loue, he sayd, he bare to you, as to hym self & sayd, you were desirous to speake with me.

wood. I thoughte it meete to appeale to my Ordinarye. For they go aboute to shedde my bloud vnrighteously. For they haue laide manye vniust thinges to my charge. Wherefore I thoughte it meete to appeale to you, that yf you can fynde any fault in me, meete to be reformed by gods word, I stand to be reformed. And likewise, if my bloud shal be shed vnrightously, that it might be required at your hands because you haue taken vpon you to bee the Phisicion of our Country.

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Story. Is not this a peruerse fellow, to lay to your charge, that his bloud shalbe required at your hands? Thinkest thou that thou shalt be put to death vniustly, that thy bloud should be required? No, if he should condemne a hūdred such heretikes as thou art. I helped to ridde a good sorte of you, aud I promise thee I wyll helpe to ryd thee to, the best that I can.

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wood. Then I woulde haue answered him, but þe bishop desired vs both to giue him place

Chiches. Wel, neighboure Wodman: I call

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