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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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1739 [1658]

Actes and Monumentes of the churche
The Martyrdom of thre constante and Godlye persones burnte at Colchester, for the defense and testimonye of Christes Gospell. 
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Three Colchester Martyrs

The entire account of these martyrs appeared in the 1563 edition and remained unchanged.

MarginaliaMaye. 26THou hast heart (good brother) of the forenamed thre that were burnte at Norwyche, whose bloude quenched not the persecutyng thurst of the Papystes. For immediatelye after, euen the same moneth, vpon the. xxvi. day, was seen the lyke murther also at Colchester in Essex, of two men and a woman, lyinge there in pryson, appointed ready to the slaughter, who wer brought forth the sayde daye vnto a place prepared for them to suffer, and accordingly gaue theyr liues for the testimony of þe truth, whose names likewise hereafter followeth.

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MarginaliaMartyrsVVilliam Harries.
Richard Daye.
Christian George.

These three good soules were broughte vnto the stake, and there ioyfully and feruentlye hadde made theyr prayers vnto the Lorde. At the laste beyng settled in theyr places, and chayned vnto theyr Postes, wyth theyr fyre flamyng fiercely rounde about them, they lyke constante Christyans tryumphantlye praysed God within the same, and offered vp their bodies a liuelye sacrifyce vnto his holy maiesty, in whose habitation they haue nowe theyr euerlasting tabernacles: his name therfore bee praysed for euermore. Amen.

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The sayde Christian Georges husbande, hadde another wyfe burnte before this Chrystyan, whose name was Agnes George, whiche suffered (as you haue heard) with the thyrtene at Stratforde the Bowe. 

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See 1563, pp. 1523-27; 1570, pp. 2095-97; 1576, pp. 1807-09 and 1583, pp. 1914-16. Richard George was the husband of Christian George.

And after the death of the sayde Christian, he maried an honeste Godlye woman agayne: and so they bothe (I meane the sayde Richarde George, and hys last wyfe) in the ende wer taken also, and layd in prison, where they remayned tyll the deathe of Quene Mary, & at the last wer deliuered by our moste gratious soueraigne Ladye Quenee Elizabeth, whom the Lorde graunte longe to reigne among vs, for his mercies sake. Amen.

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☞ In the moneth of Iune came out a certayne Proclamation, shorte, but sharpe, from the King and the Quene agaynste wholesome and godly bokes, which vnder the false tytle of heresy and sedition, here in the saide Proclamation were wrongfullye condemned.

By the kyng and Queene. 
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A Royal Proclamation against Heretical Books

This proclamation was printed in every edition of the Acts and Monuments. The signature of John Cawood, the queen's printer, at the bottom, indicates that the proclamation was printed from a printed copy, not a copy in one of the episcopal registers. [Hughes, P. L. and Larkin, J. F. (eds.), Tudor Royal Proclamations, II (New Haven: 1969), p. 90].

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WHereas dyuers bookes, filled bothe with heresye, sedition, and treason haue of late, and be dayly brought in to this Realme, oute of forrein coun

treys and places beyonde the seas, and some also couertlye prynted within this Realm, and caste abrode in sundrye partes thereof, whereby not onely God is dishonoured, but also an encouragement geuen to disobey lawfull princes & gouernors: The King and Quenes maiesties, for redresse hereof, doth by this theyr present proclamation, declare and publyshe to all theyr subiectes, that whoso euer shall after the proclayming hereof, be found to haue any of the sayde wicked and seditious bookes, or findyng them, doe not forthwith burne the same, with oute shewyng or readyng the same to anye other person, shall in that case bee reputed and taken for a rebell, and shall without delaye bee executed for that offense accordyng to thorder of Martiall lawe.

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Geuen at our manor of sainct Iameses, the sixt daye of Iune.

Ihon Cawood printer.

The order and occasion of takyng certain godlye men and women prayinge together in the fieldes about Iselington, of whome. 14. were condemned by Boner, and after suffered in the fyre, for the truthes sake, as in this story here followyng may appere. 
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The Islington Congregation

This account of the Islington congregation and the seven members of it who were martyred first appeared in the 1563 edition, except for the short but detailed biography of Roger Holland which first appeared in the 1570 edition. This material was unchanged in subsequent editions.

MarginaliaIune. 27SEcretely in a backe close, in the fielde by the towne of Islington wer collected and assembled together a certaine company of godly and innocent persones, to the number of fourty, menne and women. Who there sitting together at prayer, and vertuously occupied in the meditatiō of gods holy word first commeth a certain man to thē vnknowē: who loking ouer vnto them, so stayed and saluted them, saying that they looked like mē that ment no hurte. Then one of the said company asked the man, if he coulde tell whose close that was, and whether they myghte bee so bolde there to sitte. Yea, sayde hee, for that ye seme vnto me suche persones as entende no harme, and so departed. Within a quarter of an houre after, commeth the Constable of Iselyngton, named Kynge, MarginaliaKing. Cōstable of Islyngton. warded with syxe or seuen other, accompanying hym in the same busynesse, one with a bowe, an other with a byll, and other with theyr weapons likewise.

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The whiche sixe or seuen persones the sayde Constable lefte a lyttle behynde hym in a close place, there to bee ready yf nede shoulde bee, whyle he with one wyth hym shoulde go and viewe them before. Who so dooyng, came throughe them, lookynge and viewyng what they were doynge, and what bookes they had: and so goynge a lyttle forwarde, and retournyng backe agayne, badde them delyuer theyr bokes.

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