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and specially withe in. x. or. xii. dayes after the arest was geuē out, 

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For the story of the Bishop's banquet ('splendissimum convivium') and the subsequent clerical meeting in Avignon, reported in Crespin [1560], fol 91A-B; Crespin/Benoit, 1, pp. 385-6 and also in Pantaleon, fols 114-5. Those in attendance included Barthélemi Chassené, premier president of the Parlement, the Archbishop (not bishop, as stated by Foxe) of Aix-en-Provence, the Archbishop of Arles ('Aries' - Jean IX de Ferrier), Jacques Reynaud, sieur d'Aillens ('L. of Alenc'), the seigneur de Beaujeu ('Beauieu') and the sieur de Senas, conseiller au Parlement.

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there was a great banket made in the toune of Aix, at the which banket there was present the president maister Bartellmewe Chassane, and many other councellors and other noble personages and mē of autority: there was also the Archbishop of Arlees and the bishop of Aix, with their ladies and gētell women, amongest the whiche theire was one whiche accordinge to the common brute and name, was the bishop of Aixis concubine. She at the byginning of the banket begann to talke thus, my Lord president wil you not execute the arest which is geuen out a while since against the Luterians of Merindol, and the president aunswered nothing, faininge that hee hard not what she saide, then a certen gentleman asked of her what arest it was that was geuen out against the inhabitantes of Merindoll. And the gentellwoman recited it in manner and forme as it was geuen out, forgeting nothing, as if she hadd a longe time studied to committe the same vnto memory: and all they which were at the banket gaue diligent eare there vnto, with out speakinge any one word vntil such time as she had ended her tale. Thē the Lord of Alenc a man fearynge god, and of greate vnderstanding: said vnto her, Gentell womā you haue lerned this tale of some which which would that it wer so or els it is an arest is geuen out by some court of parliamente of wemen. Then the Lord of Senas an auncient councellor said vnto him, no no my Lord of Alenc, it is no tale which you haue harde this gentellwoman tel, for it is an arest geuen out by a court, and you ought not to speke as you haue done except you woulde call the court of prouince a parliament of wemen. Then the Lorde of Alenc beganne to excuse him selfe, wt protestation that hee woulde not speake anye thinge to blame the autority of so soueraigne a court, but that not withstandinge he coulde not beleue al that which the said gentlewomā had told, that is to say that al the inhabitants of Merindoll were condemned to dye by the arest of the said court of parliamēt of prouince, and specially the wemen and litle childrē and infants, and the toune to be rased, for the faut of x. or. xii. persons: which haue not apered before the saide court at the day apoynted them. And the Lord Beawieue saide, likewise I do not beleue that the said court hath geuen out any such arest, for it were a thinge moste vnresonable the which the turkes and þe most cruel tyrants of the world wold iudge to be a thing moste inhumaine and detestable: also a longe time haue I knowen many of Merēdol which seme vnto me to be men of great honesty.

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And my Lorde the president can certifye vs wel what is don in this matter, for we ought not to geue credite vnto wemens tales. Thenthe gentle woman which had rehersed the arest staied not to here the president aunswer, but sodenly lokinge vpon the bishoppe of Aix, said, I had greate maruel if there were none in all this company the which would defende these wicked men, and lifting her eies vnto the heauen in a greate womanly chafe and fume she said: O that it pleased God that al the Luterians whyche are in prouince, yea and in all france, had hornes growing on their foreheds, then we shoulde see a goodly many of hornes. then the Lorde Bewiewe sodenly aunswered saieng, would to god that all priests harlotes should chatter like Pies. Then the gentel womā said, ha my Lord Beauiew, you ought not so to speake againste oure holye mother the church, for their was neuer dogge that barked against the crucifix but that he waxed mad. thē the bishop of Aix, beganne to laugh, and clapping the gentel woman on the shoulder saide, by my holy orders my minion you haue donne me great pleasure, she hath talked well vnto you my lord Beaniew, remēber wel the lesson that she hath geuen you. then þe Lord Bewiew being wholy moued wyth anger sayed, I haue nought to do to goo neither to her schole neyther to thine, neither wil I lerne of her nether of the any honesty or honor: for if I shuld say that þe most part of the bishops and priests are paliards, adulterers, blinde Idolaters, deceyuers theues, seducers, I shuld not speke agaīst the holy church, but against a heape and flocke of wolues, dogges, and abhomynable swine, and in speakinge these thinges I would think not to be madde at all except that any manne waxe madde for speakinge of the truthe, then the Archbishop in a great furye answered, my lord Beawiew you speake very euell and you must geue acoumpt when time and place serueth of thys your talke whyche you haue here talked of the church men, and þe lord Beawiew saide I would that it were to do euen this present day, and I would binde my selfe to proue more abuses and naughtines in priestes, then I haue yet spoken of Then said the president Chassane my Lorde Beawiew let vs leaue of this talke where it is and liue as oure fathers haue done and mainteyn their honour. Then said he in great anger, I am no priests son to mainten their wickednes and abuse, and afterward he said, I am wel contente to honour al true pastors of the church and wil not blame them which shewe good example in their doctrine and liuinge, but I demaunde of you my lorde of Arlees, and you my Lorde of Aix, whē as oure Lorde Iesu Christe called the priestes Ierusalem ipocritts, blinde seducers, robbers and thefes, did he them any outrage or wrōg? and they aunswered no, for the moste part of them were suche men. Then saide the Lorde Beawiew euen so is it with the Bishops and

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