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Actes and Monumentes Of the Church

rem & in terra ecclesiæ Anglicanæ & Hibernicæ supremum caput, sufficienter & legitime autorisatus, venerabili confratri nostro domino Edmundo eadē permissione Lōdon. episcopo vestroue vicario in spiritualibus generali & officiali principali salutem & fraternam in domino charitatem. Literas missiuas clarissimorum & prudentissimorum dominorum de priuato consilio Regiæ maiestatis manibus subscriptas, nobisq; inscriptas & directas nuper recepimus, tenorem subsequen tem complectentes.

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MarginaliaThe tenor of the kings letter to the archbishopp of Canter.AFter our righte hartye commendations to youre good Lordship, where now of late in the kinges maiesties visitations among other godly iniunctions commaunded to be generally obserued throughe all partes of this his highnes realme, one was sett forth for the taking downe of al such Images as hadde at any time beene abused with pilgrimages, offeringes or censinges. Albeit that this saide iniunction hathe in many partes of the realme bene wel and quietly obeyed and executed, yet in many other places much strife and contention hathe risen and dailye riseth and more and more encreaseth about the execution of the same. Som menne beinge so superstitious, or rather wilfull as they would by their good wils retein al such Images stil. although they haue bene moost manifestly abused 

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Injunctions 3 and 28 had spurred iconoclastic attack on images 'abused' and rightly 'used'. Phillips, Reformation of Images, pp. 89-90.

. And in some places also the images which by the sayd iniūctions wer takē down, be now restored and set vp again,

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And almost in euery place is contencion, for Images. whether they haue ben abused or not. And whiles these men goo on both sides contenciously to obtaine theyr mindes, contending whether this Image, or that Image hath benne offered vnto, kissed, sensed, or otherwise abused, partes haue in some places ben taken in such sort as further inconuenience is like to ensew, yf remedy be not foūde in time. Considering therfore that almost in no place of this Realme is any sure quietnesbut where all Images be whole taken away, and pulled downe alredy. MarginaliaImages abolished & cleane scoured out of the church.To the intent that all contencion in euery parte of the Realme for this matter, may be clerly taken away, & that the lyuely Image of Christ should not contende for the dead Images, which be thinges not necessary & without which, the churches of Christ continued most godly many yeares, wee haue thought good to signify vnto you, that hys highnes pleasure, with the aduise and consent of vs the Lord protectore and the rest of the Counsayle is, that immediatly vpon the sight hereof with as conuenient diligence as you may, you shall not onely geue order that all the Images remainyng in any church or chappell with in our dioces be remoued and taken awaye, but also by your letters singnify vnto the rest of the Byshopes within your prouince, this his highnes pleasure, for the like order to be geuen by them, and euery of them within there seuerall dioces 

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On the ground that contention concerning religious images has resulted from the ambiguous wording of the prohibition against 'abused' images in Injunction 3, the Privy council takes the further step of endorsing iconoclastic destruction of all religious images.

. And in the execucion hereof, we require both you and the rest of the sayd Byshopes to vse such foresight as the same may be quietlye donne, with as good satisfactiō of the people as may be. Thus fare your good Lordship hartely wel, From Somerset place, the xi. of February. 1548. your lordships assured louing frends E. Somerset, Io. Russell. H. Arrundel. T. Semor. An. Wingfield. Williā Paget.

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MarginaliaThe tenor of tharchbishop of Canterburyes letter to Boner.QVibus quidem literis pro nostro erga suam Regiam maiestatem officio, vti decet, obtemperare summopere cupientes vestræ fraternitati tenore presentium committimus ac Regiæ maiestatis vice et nomine, quibus in hac parte fungimur, mandamus, quatenus attente & diligenter, literarum huiusmodi tenore, omnibus et singulis confratribus coepiscopis nostris et Ecclesiæ nostræ christi Cant. Suffraganeis cum ea qua poterit celeritate accōmoda, precipiatis, vt ipsorum singuli in suis Cath. necnon ciuitatum et dioces. suarum paroch. ecclesiis, exposito publice literarum huiusmodi tenore, omnia & singula in literis preinsertis comprehensa, deducta & descripta, quatenus eos conceruūt in omnibus & per omnia exequi & perimpleri sedulo et accurate curent, et firei non postponant, sicq; a vobis (frater charissime) in ciuitate et dioces. vestra London. per omnia fieri et perimpleri volumus et mandamus. Datum in manerio nostro de Lambehithe xxiiii. die mens. Februarii. Anno domini iuxta computationem ecclesiæ Anglicane 1547. Et nostræ consecrat. Anno decimo quinto.

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MarginaliaThe words of Bonners letters sent to the bishop of Westminster. Bonerus hic mandat quam accuQuo circa nos Edmundus Episcopus, antedictus literis predictis, pro nostro officio obtemperare, vti decet, summopere cupientes vestræ fraternitati tam ex parte dicti excellentissimi Domini nostri Regis, ac presatorum clarissimorum dominorum de priuatis suis consiliis, quam predicti Reue. patris domini Cant. Archiepiscopi, tenore presentium, committimus et mandamus, quatenus attentis et, per vos diligenter consideratis literarum huiusmodi tenoribus, eos in omnibus et per omnia, iuxta vim formam, et effectum earundem, cum omni, qua poteritis, celeritate accommoda, per totam dioces vestram VVest. debite et effectualiter exequi faciatis et procuretis. Datum in ædibus nostris London vicesimo quinto die Februarii. Anno domini 1548. Et Regni dicti illustrissimi domini nostri Regis. Anno secundo.

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Letters missiue from the Lordes of the kinges preuy councel, concerning the Communion to be ministred in both kyndes 
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Cattley/Pratt, V, 843: 'These letters missiue from the Council are given at folio 112 of the Bonner Register, and folio 269 of the Westminster'.


MarginaliaThe communion to be vsed in both kindesAFter our most harte commendacions to your Lordship, wherin the Parlament late holdē at Westminster it was amōgs other thinges moste godly established that according to the first institution and vse of the primatiue church of the most holy sacrament of the body and bloud of our Sauiour Iesus Christ should be dystributed to the people vnder the kindes both of bread and wyne. according to the effect wherof, the Kings maiesty mynding, with the aduice and consent of the Lord protectores grace & the rest of the Counsaile to haue the sayd statnte well executed in such sort, as like as yet is agreable with the word of god, so the same may be also faythfully and reuerently receaued of his most louing subiectes to there coumforts & wealth, hath caused sondry of his Maiesties most graue & well learned prelates, and other lerned men in the scriptures to assemble them selues for this matter, who after longe conferens together, haue with deliberate aduise, finally agreed vpon such an order, to be vsed in al places of the Kinges Maiesties dominions in the

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