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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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1714 [1633]

Why (quod her frend) would ye not willingly haue gone with your company, if God shoulde so haue suff red it? Yes (saide she) with all my hart, & because I did not, is nowe my chief & greatest grief. Then saide her frend: my deare sister, I pray thee consider Abraham & thy selfe well, and thou shalt see thou doest nothing differ with him in will at all. Halas, nay (quod she) there is a farre greater matter in Abraham then in me: for Abrahā was tried with the offering of his own child, but so am not I, & therefore our cases are not like. good sister (quod her frend) way the matter but indifferently: Abraham I graunt, sayd he, would haue offered his sonne: and haue not you done the like in your litle sucking babe? But consider further then this, my good sister, said he: where Abrahā was cōmaunded but to offer his sonne, you are heuy & greued, because you offer not your self, which goeth somewhat more nere ye then Abrahams obedience did, & therfore before God assuredly, no lesse accepted & allowed in his holy presēce, which further the preparing of your shroude also doth argue ful wel &c. After which like talke betwene them, she began a litle to stay her self, & gaue her whole exercise to reading & prayer, wherein she found no litle cōfort. In the time that these foresaide ii. good weomen were prysoners, one in the castel, and the other in Mote hall: God, by a secret meane, called þe said Margaret Thurston vnto his truthe againe, who hauing her eyes opened by the working of his holy spirite, did greatly sorrow and lament her backsliding before, and promised faithfully to the Lord, in hope of his mercies, neuer more whyle she liued to do the lyke againe, but that she would constantly stand to the confession of the same, against all the aduersaries of þe crosse of Christ. After whiche promyse made, came in short time a wryt from Londō for the burning of them, which according to the effect thereof, was executed the xvii. daye of September, in the yeare aforesayde.

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MarginaliaMartyrs.Margaret Thurston.
Agnes Bongeor.

Nowe when these foresaid good weomē wer brought to the place in Colchester, where they should suffer, the xvii. day of Septēber, in the yeare aforesayd, they fel downe both vpon their knees, and made their hūble prayers vnto the Lord: whiche thing beyng done, they rose and went to the stake ioyfully, and were immediatly therto chayned, and after the fire had cōpassed them about, they with great ioye and glorious triumphe, gaue vp their soules, spirites & liues into the handes of the Lord, vnder whose gouernement and protection, for Christes sake we beseche him, to graunt vs his holy defense and helpe for euer more. Amen.

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Thus (gentle Reader) God choseth the weake thynges of the worlde, to confounde myghtie thynges.

¶ The trouble and disturbaunce amonge good men and weomen at Lichfield. 
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Persecution at Lichfield

This account first appeared in the 1563 edition. It is based on material taken from the Coventry diocesan registers which now survives in Foxe's papers as BL, Harley MS 421, fos. 69r-71v and 73r-74r.

MarginaliaOctober. 27.AFter the death and martyrdome of maistres Ioyce Lewys, a litle aboue specified pag. 1619. diuers good men & weomē in the same towne of Lichfield, were vexed & in trouble before the byshop and his Chauncellor, MarginaliaGood men and weomē troubled in Lichefield. for kissinge mastres Lewes before her death.for kyssing the sayd Ioyce Lewes, and drinking with her about the tyme of her death, the names of whiche persones were these: Ioane Loue, Elysabeth Smyth, Margaret Byddell, Helene Bowryng, Margaret Cootesfoote, Nicholas Byrde, Iohn Hurlestone, Agrnes Glyn, Agnes Glouer, 

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Agnes was the wife of John Glover, the spiritual mentor of Joyce Lewes.

Agnes Penyfather, wyfe Ioane the wife of Iohn Hurlestone &c. These with other were producted to their examination before the byshop and his Chauncellour, for the cause aboue named, and therefore adiudged for heretykes, for that they did praye and drynke with the sayde maistres Lewys, but especially Agnes Penyfather susteyned the moste trouble, for that she broughte the sayde Ioyce Lewys goyng to her death. Whiche Agnes beynge examined far her of the sayde Byshoppe, what wordes she had spoken to twoo priestes of the churche of Lychefield, called Iohn Adye, and Iames Foxe, concernyng the sayde Ioyce Lewys after her burnyng, sayde as followeth: MarginaliaAgnes Penifather accused of ii. priestes for wordes.that she being asked by the sayde two priestes being at her fathers house in the citie of Lichfield, at suche tyme as she came from the burnyng of the sayde Ioyce Lewys, wherefore she the sayde Agnes dyd weepe for suche an heretike, meanyng Ioyce Lewys, whose soule sayd they, was in hell: the sayde Agnes Penyfather to þe demaund made this aunswere, that she thought the sayde blessed martyr to be in better case then the sayd two priestes were. with the which wordes she beyng charged, and willed to submitte her selfe as the other had done aboue rehersed, to such penaūce as they should inioyne vnto her, refused so to do, and therfore was commaunded to close pryson, the sherifes beyng charged with her, vnder payn of one hūdred pound, that none should haue any accesse vnto her. At length at the perswasion of her frendes, she was compelled to do as the other had done before.

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And thus muche concerning thinges done at Lychefield.

¶ The persecution and crueltie exercised by the Papistes in the dioces of Chichester. 
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Persecution in Chichester

This brief narrative first appeared in the 1563 edition. It is based on material sent to Foxe from the Chichester diocesan archives.

MarginaliaPersecutiō amōge the godly men at Chichester.ANd nowe from Lychefielde to come to Chichester, although we haue. but litle to report ther of, for lacke of certen relation and recordes of that countrey, yet it semeth no litle trouble and persecution there also to haue raged as in other countries. 

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Foxe is correct; the persecution started late in the diocese of Chichester, but in the final years of Mary's reign it raged with great intensity.

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