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K. Henry. 8 The examination and condemnation of Richard Bayfild, Martyr.

which he had not fulfilled.

Marginalia11.That he was appoynted by the sayde Bishop of London to appeare before the sayde Bishop the. xxv. daye of April next after his abiuration, to receiue the residue of his penaunce, and after his abiuration he fled beyond the sea, and appeared not.

Marginalia12.That the. xx. daye of Iune next folowing hys abiuration, he did appeare before the said Bishop Tonstall, in the Chappel of the Bishop of Norwich his place, & there it was newly enioyned hym in part of penaunce, that he shold prouide him an habite conueniente for hys order and profession within viii. dayes then next folowing, which he had not done.

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Marginalia13.That it was there againe enioyned him, that he should depart from the citie, diocesse, and iurisdiction of London, and no more to come wythin it, wythout the special licence of the Bishop of London or his successor for the time being, whiche he had not fulfilled.

¶The aunswere of Rychard Baifeld to the Artycles prefixed.

MarginaliaThe aunswere of Richard Baifield, to the articles.TO the first Article he confessed that he was professed a monke in the monasterye aforesaid, in the yere. 1514.

To the. ij. Article he aunswered that he was a priest, and toke orders. An. 1518.

To the third Article, he confessed the byll and scedule to be wryttē with his hand, which is annexed therunto, and that he brought ouer the said bokes & workes a yere and a half past, and a great nomber of euery sort. Being further demaunded for what intent he brought them in to the realme, he answered, to the intent that þe gospel of Christ might be set forward, and God the more glorified in this realme amongst Christen people, and that he had solde and disparsed manye of those bokes before named, to sondry persons wythin this Realme, and to diuers of the diocesse of London. Being further demaunded, whether Martin Luther were condemned as an heretycke by the Pope, he answered, that he heard say that Martin Luther wyth al his sect and adherents, were and are condemned as heretickes by the Pope. And being demaunded, whether Zwinglius was of Luthers sect: he answered, that he neuer spake wyth him. Being asked whether Zwinglius was a Catholicke: he answered, that he could not tel. Being inquired whether þe bokes contained in þe scedules, did contain any errours in thē: he said, he could not tell, neither coulde hee iudge. Also hee confessed that the common fame hathe bene within these ij. or iij. yeres, that Oecolampadius and Zwinglius be heretickes: also that such as leane to Martin Luther be heretickes. Also he confessed that being beyonde the sea, he heard saye before he brought into this realme, the bokes contained in the said billes, that the king had by proclamation prohibited that no man should bryng into this realme any of Martin Luthers bokes, or of his Secte. Which cōfession thus ended, the Bishop appoynted him to appeare the next daye.

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Saterday being the. xi. daye of Nouember, Richard Baifield appeared and acknowledged the aunsweres, that he hadde made in the Session the day before. Which thing doone, the Officiall obiected the. iiij. Article vnto hym: whervnto he aunsweared, that he coulde not tell whether there be any heresies in thē, for he had read no heresies in them. And being demaunded whether he had read anye of those bookes, hee aunswered, that he had read the greater parte of them here and there, but not throughe out.

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He was demaunded, whether he beleued the forenamed bookes to be good, & of the true faith. He answered that he iudged they were good, and of the true fayth. Being inquired, what bokes hee read in the Realme: he said that he had read the new Testament in Latin, and other bookes mentioned in the billes, but he read none translated: MarginaliaThe booke of Thorpes examination.
The boke of Ioh. Fryth, agaynst Purgatorye.
The practise of Prelates, & wicked Mammon.
notwithstanding he dyd confesse, that he read a boke called Thorp,in the presence & audience of others, and also a boke of Ihon Frithes purgatory, whiche he had read to him self alone as he sayd, and also had read to him self a boke called the practise of Prelates, and also sayd, þt he had read a boke called þe Parable of the wicked Mammon, but in the presence and hearynge of others, which he knewe not.

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MarginaliaThe booke of obedience.
The sūme of holy Scripture.
A Dialogue betwene the plowman and the gentleman.
Also he confessed that he had read þe obedience of a christen man, and the summe of scripture amōge companye, and also the Dialoge betwixt the Plowman & the Gentlemā among company, as he thought: also he had read MarginaliaA Dialogue of Fryth.
Tyndalls Prologues.
a piece of the answer of Tindall made to syr Thomas More: likewise he had read þe Dialoge of Frith to him self: he had read also þe Prologes of the. v. bokes of Moyses contained in the longe scedule, and in companye, as he thought.

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Al whiche bookes he had read vnder maner aforsayd within these. ij. yeres last past. And as for the new Testament in Englishe, he read it before he had these bookes specified in the scedules before rehersed.

To the third article, as touching Zwinglius & others, he supposed that they held the same doctrine that Luther dyd, but that he thought them to vary in some poyntes.

The. xvi. daye of Nouember, Robert Baifeld appeared again before the Bishop, who inquired of him of what sect Zwinglius was. He said, he thought that he held with Luther in some poyntes. &c.

Also he cōfessed that first he brought bokes of the sortes aboue named into this realme, about midsomer was xij. moneth, and landed them at Colchester, & afterward brought part of them to this City, and some he dispersed and sold in this City. The second time that he brought bokes, was about all Hollowtide was. xij. moneth, and landed them at S. Catherines, the whiche bokes de L. Chauncelor toke from him. Also that at Easter last, was the. iij. time that he brought ouer þe bookes now shewed vnto him, and contained in these. ij. bils, and landed with them in Norfolke, and from thence brought them to the City of London in a male.

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To the. v. vi. and. vij. Articles, he answered and confessed them to be true.

To the. viij. he answered, that it was enioyned hym, as is cōtayned in the article, the which iniunction he fulfilled.

To the. ix. he answered, that he dyd not remember it.

To the. x. he answered, that it was adioyned him that he should go to the Abbey of Bery, and there continue: the which he said he did. iij. times, but he dyd not weare his monkes cowle, as he was enioyned.

The. xi. Article he confessed.

For the. xii. Article, þt he did not weare his mōkes habite according to the abiuration, he referred hym self to the actes, whether he were so enioyned or no.

To the. xiij. Article he said, that he dyd not remembre the cōtents therof, but referred him self to the actes. Notwithstanding he confessed, that he had no licence of the Bishop of Londō, to come to the City or diocesse of London, nor to make any abode there. Ex Registro Lond.

¶ The sentence geuen agaynst him in a case of relapse.

MarginaliaThe sentence geuē agaynst Richard Bayfeld.IN the name of God, Amen. We Iohn by the sufferaunce of God, Bishop of London, in a case of inquisition of heresie and relapse of the same, first begon before M. Rich. Foxfard, Doctor of both lawes, our officiall 

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Richard Foxford was chancellor and vicar general of the diocese of London.

, now dependyng before vs vndecided, agaynst thee Rich. Bayfeld Priest and Monke, professed to the order and rule of S. Benedict, in þe Monasterye of S. Edmondes Bery in the dioces of Norwich, & by meanes of the causes within writtē vnder our iurisdiction, and withall fauour rightly and lawfully proceding, with all fauour possible the merites and circumstances of the cause of this inquisitiō heard, wayd, vnderstād and fully discussed by vs the sayd Byshop, reseruyng vnto our selues, that which by lawe ought to bee reserued: haue thought good to procede in this maner, to the pronouncyng of our definitiue sentence.

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For somuch as by the Actes enacted, inquired, propounded, and alledged and by thee iudicially cōfessed, we do finde that thou hast abiured certein errours and heresies and damnable opinions, by thee confessed, aswell particularly as generally, before our reuerent felow & brother, then thy Ordinary, according to þe forme and order of the Churche: and that one M. Luther together with his adherentes and complices, receyuers and fauourers what so euer they be, was condempned as an hereticke by the authoritie of Pope Leo the x. of most happy memory, and by the authoritie of the Apostolicke Sea, and the bookes and all writyngs, scedules and Sermons of the sayd M. Luther, his adherentes and complices, whether they be found in Latine or in any other languages, imprinted or translated, for the manifolde heresies and errours, and damnable opini-

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