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Actes and Monumentes Of the Church

der for commen prayers and administration of the sacramentes hath bene, and is mooste godly sette fourth, not only by the common agrement and full assent of the nobility, and commones of the late session of our late parliament, but also by the lyke assente of the Bishops in the same parlament and of all others the learned men of thys our realme in there Sinodes, and conuocacions prouincial, like as yet was much to our comfort to vnderstand the godly trauaile, then diligently and willingly taken, for þe trew opening of things mencioned in the said booke, wherby the trew seruice and honour of almighty god, the right ministracion of the sacramentes, being well and sincerly set forth according to the scriptures and vse of the primatiue church, much Idolatry, vaine supersticion, and great and slaunderous abuses be taken away, so it is no smale occasion of sorowe vnto vs, to vnderstand by the complaynts and informaciõs of many, that our sayd boke so much trauailled for, & also sincerly set fourth, as is aforesayd, remayneth in many places of this our Realme eyther not knowen at all, or not vsed, or at the least, yf it be vsed, very seldome, and that in such light and irreuerent sort, as the people in many places, eyther haue hard nothing, or yf they heare, they nether vnderstoode, nor haue that spirituall delectacion in the same, that to good christines apertaineth. the fault wherof, like as we must of reason, impute to you, and other of your vocacion, called by god through our appoyntment, to haue dewe respect to this, and such like matters. So considering that by these & such like occasions, our louinge subiects remaine yet still in there olde blindnes and supersticious errours, and in some places in an irreligious forgetfulnes of God, wherby his wrath may be prouoked vpon vpon vs and them. And remembering with al, that emonges other cures committed to our princely charge, we thinck this the greatest to se the glory & trew seruice of him maintayned, and extolled, by whose clemency we knowledge our selues to haue al that we haue, we could not but by the aduice & consent of our derest vncle Edward Dueke Somerset gouernour of our persõ, and protector of our Realme, dominions and subiects, and the rest of our pryue counsaile, admonish you of the premises, wherein as yt hadde beene youre offyces too haue vsed an earneste diligence, and to haue preferred the same in all places within your diocesse, as the case required. So haue we thought good to pray and require you, and neuertheles, straightly to charge, and commaund you, that from hencefourth ye haue an earnest & special regard to the reduce of these things, so as the curates may do theyr duties more often and in more reuerent sorte, and the people be occasioned by the good aduices and examples of your selfe, your Chauncelour, Archdeacõs and other inferiour ministers to come with oftener and more deuotion to theyr sayd com-mon prayers, to geue thankes to god and to be pertakers of the moste holy communion, wherin shewining your selfe diligent, and geuing good examples in your owne persone you shall both dyscharge your dewtie to the great pastor, to whome we al haue to accõpt, and also do vs good seruice, and of the other side, yf we shall herafter (these our letters and commendaciones not with standinge) haue eftsones complaint and finde the lyke faultes in your dioces, we shall haue iust cause to impute the fault therof, and of all that shall ensew therof, vnto you, and consequently be occasioned therby, to se otherwaies to þe redres of these thynges, wherof wee would be sory. And therfore we do eftsones charge and commaund you vpon your alleagance to looke well vpon your duty herin, as ye tender oure pleasure, geuen vnder our signet at our manor of richmond, the xxiii. day of Iuly, the iii. yere of our Reigne. 

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The outbreak on 12 July of a rebellion in Norfolk led by Robert Kett supplies the immediate context for this letter of 23 July from Edward VI to Edmund Bonner, which reproves him for negligence in assuring conformity to the Book of Common Prayer within the diocese of London.

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E. Somersett.

EDmond by the grace of god. &c. 

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Cattley/Pratt, V, 843: 'This letter of Bonner to the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's is in the Bonner Register, folio 219 verso'.

To my welbeloued brethren, the deane and chapitore of the cathedrall church of S. Paule in London and to the other ministers there and euery of them do send greating. And where it is so that of late I haue receiued the sayd soueraigne Lord the Kinges maiestyes letters of such tenour as is here vnto anexed and according to my most bounden dewtie am right well willing and desiring that the said letters should be in all pointes dewly executed and obserued according to the tenoure & purporte of the same as aperteineth. Marginaliayf you were so well willing then & so desyrnge as you say, where is this well willing and desiring mind now? if ye did it then against your conscience, howe were then so well willinge? If it ye did it with your conscience, why then burnt ye mē in Quene Maris time for that which in in king Edwards time ye did your selfe?These therfore are to require and also straightly to charge you and euery of you, on his maiesties behalfe. &c. do admonish and commannd, or cause to be admonished and commaunded all and singuler persones, vicares & curates of your Iurisdiction to obserue and accomplishe the same from time to time accordingly. Furthermore requiring and likewise charging you and euery of you to make certificat herein to me, my chauncelour, or other my officers in this behalfe with such conueniente celerytie, as apertaineth both of your doinges and proceding in the executing herof, and also of the persones & names of all such, as from hence forth shalbe found negligente in doing there duties in the premises, or any of them. Geauen at my house at fullom the 26. day of the moneth of Iuly In the yeare of our Lord. 1549 and in the third yeare of our sayd souerayne Lord the kings maiestyes reigne.

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HEre are folowing other iniunctions 

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Bonner ignored Edward VI's order that he preach against rebellion and in favor of the king's authority to proceed with ecclesiastical reform and failed to call for obedience to the king. In his sermon on 24 August, the bishop instead reaffirmed the doctrine of transubstantiation. For this offense he was remanded to Marshalsea Prison and deprived of episcopal office. ODNB.

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geuen by the kinges myiestye by the aduise of his vncle & priuy counsel vnto Boner Bishop of London, with certaine speciall articles for him to preach vpon. Who for hys not satisfieng hys dewty therin, was denonced and raigned before the kinges cõmissioners, at length imprisõed and also depriued. The proces wherof, how he behaued him selfe before the Iudges whate his cause was, and his aunsweres therin, with his repeals, recusacion, appellacions, and other circumstances and blind shiftes conserning the same, here also folowith therunto annexed. wherin who so listeth to knowe Boner which neuer see him before, here by his doinges may easely vnder stand the nature and disposition of the man.

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