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Actes and Monuments of the Churche.

who seyng the gates stopped and euery waye closed vp, he thought by an other meanes to to gette out through a glasse wyndowe if he myght open it by any meanes. But here the yron grates letted hym 

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John White, in another account of the same incident, claims that Claymund cast himself down before the altar and committed himself to the mercy of God, rather than escape through a broken window (John White, Diacosio-Martyrion[Louvain, 1553], STC 25388, fo. 83r).

, notwithstandyng his gredy mynde would nedes attempt if he could his purpose happely bring to pas. When he had broken the glasse, that he was come to the spaces betwene the grates where he shoulde crepe out, fyrste he thrust in his head with the one shoulder, it went through well enoughe, then the other shoulder shuld be brought after there was great labour about that, & longe he stocke by the shoulders, but at the last he gat it through with muche a do (for what thing doth not continuall labour ouercome) he was then gotten so farre forth, but nowe by what parte of him he dyd stick fast, I knowe not: I am not certayne neyther may I fayne, for so much as there be yet wytnesses whiche did see these thynges, whiche would correct me if I should fayne. Notwithstandyng this is more certain that he dyd stycke faste betweene the grates and coulde neyther get out neyther in.

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Thus the good man seekyng shortwaye, he fell into further daunger, and of one daunger made twoo. For if the fyer shoulde haue burst out on the outsyde, those partes whiche dyd hange out of the wyndowe, hadde bene in daūger, and contrarywyse if it hadde raged within the churche all his other partes, hadde lyen open to the fyer. And as this man dyd stycke faste in the wyndowe, so dyd the rest styck fast in the doores, that sooner they myght haue bene burned then they coulde once styrre or moue one foote. Through the whiche presse at the laste there was a way founde, that some goyng ouer theyr heades gat out.

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Here also happened a mery iest in a certaine monke (if I be not misaduised) of Glocester Colledge, whiche thyng Calphurinus myght laughe at with a full mouth. It happened that there was a very yonge boye in this tumulte, and seyng the doores stopped with the preas or multitude, and that he hadde no waye to gett out, he clymed vp vpon the doore, and when he was on the toppe he was forced to tary there, for to come downe into the churche agayne, he durste not without feare: and gett out he coulde not without daunger. When he hadde taried there a whyle vpon occasion he aduised hym selfe, neyther dyd occasion wante to his deuise, for by chaunce amongest them that were borne out ouer mennes headdes, he saw a Monke commynge towardes hym, whiche hadde a greate wyde coule hangynge at his backe. This occasion the boye thought good to escape by. When as the Monke came neare vnto hym, the boy came downe and pretelye wrapped hym selfe in the Monkes cowle, thinkyng that it woulde come to passe as it dyd indeede, that if the Monke dyd escape he should also get out with hym. To be brief, at the last the Monke gatt out ouer the mennes heades with the boye in his cowll, and for a greate whyle felt no waighte or burden. At the laste when he was somewhat more come to hym selfe, and dyd shake his shoulders, feelyng his cowll heuyer then it was accustomed to bee. And afterward heard the voyce of one þt spake behind in his cowl, he was more afrayd then he was before when he was in the thronge, and thought that the euyll spyritie whiche hadde sette the churche on fyer hadde flyen into his cowll. He began by and by to playe the Exorcist, in the name of God sayde he, and all sayncts I commaunde the to declare what thou art, that arte behynde at my backe. To whome the boye aunswered, I am Bartrames boy sayd he (for that was his name) but I sayd the Monke, adiure the in þe name of the vnseperable Trinitie, that thou wycked spirite do tell me, who thou arte, and of whence, and also that thou get the hence. I am Bertrames boye sayde he, good master lett me goo: and with that his cowll began wyth the wayghte to teare from his shoulders. The Monke when he perceyued the matter, tooke the boy out and discharged his cowll. The boye toke his legges & ranne away as faste as he could.

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In the meane tyme those that were in the streate lokyng dyligently about them, perceiuyng all thynges to be without daunger, they marueyled at this sodayne tumulte, and made a token to them that were in the Churche to kepe them selues quiet, cryeng to them that there was no daunger.

But for so muche as no woorde coulde bee hearde the sygne that was geuen wherby they shoulde bee comforted, made them much more afearde then they were before, interpretynge the matter, as though all hadde bene one fyer without the churche and for the droppynge of the lead and fallynge of other thynges, those whiche woulde goo out shoulde be in more daunger. This trouble continued in this maner by the space of certayne houres.

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The next daye and all the weake followyng there were an incredible nomber of bylles sett vp vpon the churche porches for thynquiry for thynges that were lost, in suche varietie and nomber, as Democritus myght here agayne haue hadde iust cause to laughe. If any manne haue founde a payer of shoes yester day in our Lady churche, or knoweth any man that hath found them. Then was there an other byll set vp for a goune that was lost. Another intreateth to haue his cappe restored. One loste his purse and gyrdel with a litle money. Another his sworde with his gloue of mayle, one inquireth for a ringe, & one for one thing an other for another.

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