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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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1715 [1634]

Actes and Monumentes of the churche

For what place was ther almost in al þe realm, where þe Popes ministers did not besturre thē, murthering some or other, as in the acts of this ecclesiasticall historie may sufficiently declare. wherfore as this plage of þe Popes tyrāny was generall to al other people & countries of England, so likewyse in the dioces of Chichester, diuers and many ther were condemned & martyred for the true testimonie of righteousnes, within the compasse of Quene Maries reigne. In the number of whome were these.

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Iohn Foreman,
of Estgrymisted
vIohn Warner,
of Berne.
Christian Grouer, 
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This may well be the 'Grove's wife' mentioned in 1563, p. 1646; 1570, pp. 2139-40; 1576, p. 1861 and 1583, p. 1953.

of the Archdeaconry
of Lewys.
Thomas Athothe,
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There is no other mention in Foxe of the martyrdom of Thomas Athoth but the sentence condemning him is BL, Harley MS 421, fos. 107r-108v. This is probably Foxe's source for proclaiming him a martyr but he may have died in prison, escaped or - less likely - been pardoned.

Thomas Auyngthon,
of Erdinglie.
Denys Burgis,
of Buxted.
Thomas Rauensdale,
of Ryd.
Iohn Milles, 
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The sentence condemning John Mills is BL, Harley MS 421, fos. 105r-106r.

of Hellinglegh.
Nicholas Holden,
of Withiam.
Iohn Hart,
of Withiam.
Margery Moris,
of Hethfield.
Anne Trye, 
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This is the 'Mother Tree' whose execution is mentioned by Foxe in 1563, p. 1546; 1570, pp. 2139-40; 1576, p. 1861 and 1583, p. 1953. The sentence against her is among Foxe's papers (BL, Harley MS 421, fos. 109r-110v).

of Estgrensted.
Iohn Oseward,
of Woodmancote.
Thomas Harland,
of Woodmancote.
Iames Moris,
of Hethfield.
Thomas Dougate,
of Estgrenstede.
Iohn Ashedone, 
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There is no other mention of John Ashedon or his martyrdom in Foxe. Foxe does, however state that 'Ashdon's wife' was burned at Lewes on 27 June 1557 (1563, p. 1602; 1570, p. 2195; 1576, p. 1895 and 1583, p. 2003).

of Retherfield.

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The greatest doers against these godly and true faithfull martyrs, and setters vpon their condemnation, were these. MarginaliapersecutorsChristoferson the B. after Day, Richard Brisley Doctor of law, and Chaūcellor of Chichester, Robert Taylor bach. of lawe, his depute, Thomas Paccarde ciuilian, Anthony Clarke, Albane Langdayle, bach. of diuinitie. &c.

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¶ Thexamination of Thomas Spurdāce one of Quene Maries seruauntes, before the Chauucellour of Norwiche. 
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Thomas Spurdance

This account first appeared in the 1563 edition and it was re-printed without change in subsequent editions. It is based on Spurdance's own account of his examinations. On Spurdance's being driven from his home see 1563, pp. 1677-78. BL, Harley 421, fos. 177r-178v is the sentence against him.

THe Byshops Chauncellor dyd aske me, and I had beene with the priest, & cōfessed my sinnes vnto him. And I sayde: no, I had cōfessed my sinnes to god, and God saieth: In what houre so euer a sinner doth repent & be sory for his sinnes, & aske him foregeuenes, willing no more so to do, the Lord will no more recken his sinne vnto him, & that is sufficient for me. Then said the Chaūcellor: thou deniest the sacrament of penance. And I sayd: I denie not penance, but I denie þt I shold shewe my sinnes vnto the priest. Then said the Chaūcellor: that is denying the sacramēt of penāce, & do write it. Then said the Chauncellor: haue you receiued the blessed Sacramente of thaltar at this time of Easter? and I saide: no. And why haue ye not, saith he? & I said: I dare not meddle with you in it, as you vse it. Why? do not we vse it truly, said he? and I sayd: no. for the holy supper of the Lorde serueth for the christen cōgregation, & you ar none of Christes members, & therfore I dare not medde wt you, least I be like vnto you. Why are we none of

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Christes members, saith the Chauncellor? and I said: because you teache lawes contrarye to Gods lawe. what lawes are those, said he? and I said: these iii. articles that your swear the people vnto here, be false & vntrue, and you doe euill to sweare the people vnto them. Then said he: good people take no hede vnto his wordes. for he is an heretick & techeth you disobediēce. And he would no more speake of the matter. Then said the Chauncelor: how beleuest thou in the blessed sacrament of thaltar? doest thou not beleue that after the time it be be consecrated, that it is þe very same body that was borne of the virgin Mary? And I said: no, not þe same body in substaūce. for the same body hath a substaunce in flesh, bloud, & bones, & was a bloudy sacrifice. And this is a drie sacrifice. Thē said I: is the masse a sacrifice? Vnto whiche a Doctor answered that sate by him: it is a sacrifice both for the quicke and the dead. Then sayde I: no, it is no sacrifice. for christ made one sacrifice once for all, saieth S. Paule. And I do beleue in none other sacrifice, but only in that one sacrifice þt our Lord Iesus Christe made once for all. Then saide a Doctor: þe sacrifice þt Christe made, was a wet sacrifice, & the masse is a drie sacrifice. Thē said I: that same drie sacrifice is a sacrifice of your own making, & it is your sacrifice: it is none of mine. Then said the Chaūcellor: he is an heretike. he denieth the sacramēt of thaltar. Thē said I: will ye know how I beleue in þe holy supper of our lord? & he said, yea. then said I: I beleue þt if I come rightly & worthely as God hath cōmaūded me to þe holy supper of þe lord, I receiue him by faith, by beleuåg in him. And if þe bread be once receiued, it is not God. for þe bread þt is yonder in the pixe, is not God. for god dwelleth not in tēples made with hāds, neither wilbe worshipped wt the workes of mēs hands. And therfore you do very euil to cause þe people to knele down, & worship þe bred for god did neuer bid you hold it vp aboue your heads, neither had þe Apostles suche vse. Then said the Chauncellor: he denieth the presence in the sacramēt. wryte this article also. he is a very heretike. Thē said I: the seruaūt is not greater then his maister. for your prodecessors killed my master Christ, þe Prophets, & apostles, & holy & vertuous mē, & now you kill þe seruaūts of christ, so þt al the righteous bloud þt hath ben shed, euen from righteous Abel vntil this day, shalbe required at your handes. wel, sayde the Chauncellor: haue him away.

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¶ Thexaminatiō before the B. another time in his house.

THe B. said: sirra, doest þu not beleue in the catholike faith of holy church? And I said: I beleue in Christes catholike church. yea, said he: in Christs churche, of the which the Pope is the head. doest thou not beleue that the Pope is supreme head of the catholike church? And I said, no. I beleue not þt he shold be aboue thapostles if he take thē to be his predecessors. For when

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