Thematic Divisions in Book 11
1. The Martyrdom of Rogers 2. The Martyrdom of Saunders 3. Saunders' Letters 4. Hooper's Martyrdom 5. Hooper's Letters 6. Rowland Taylor's Martyrdom 7. Becket's Image and other events 8. Miles Coverdale and the Denmark Letters 9. Bonner and Reconciliation 10. Judge Hales 11. The Martyrdom of Thomas Tomkins 12. The Martyrdom of William Hunter 13. The Martyrdom of Higbed and Causton 14. The Martyrdom of Pigot, Knight and Laurence 15. Robert Farrar's Martyrdom 16. The Martyrdom of Rawlins/Rowland White17. The Restoration of Abbey Lands and other events in Spring 155518. The Providential Death of the Parson of Arundel 19. The Martyrdom of John Awcocke 20. The Martyrdom of George Marsh 21. The Letters of George Marsh 22. The Martyrdom of William Flower 23. The Martyrdom of Cardmaker and Warne 24. Letters of Warne and Cardmaker 25. The Martyrdom of Ardley and Simpson 26. John Tooly 27. The Examination of Robert Bromley [nb This is part of the Tooly affair]28. The Martyrdom of Thomas Haukes 29. Letters of Haukes 30. The Martyrdom of Thomas Watts 31. Mary's False Pregnancy32. Censorship Proclamation 33. Our Lady' Psalter 34. Martyrdom of Osmund, Bamford, Osborne and Chamberlain35. The Martyrdom of John Bradford 36. Bradford's Letters 37. William Minge 38. James Trevisam 39. The Martyrdom of John Bland 40. The Martyrdom of Frankesh, Middleton and Sheterden 41. Sheterden's Letters 42. Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley 43. Martyrdom of Christopher Wade 44. Martyrdom of Carver and Launder 45. Martyrdom of Thomas Iveson 46. John Aleworth 47. Martyrdom of James Abbes 48. Martyrdom of Denley, Newman and Pacingham 49. Richard Hooke 50. Martyrdom of William Coker, et al 51. Martyrdom of George Tankerfield, et al 52. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Smith 53. Martyrdom of Harwood and Fust 54. Martyrdom of William Haile 55. George King, Thomas Leyes and John Wade 56. William Andrew 57. Martyrdom of Robert Samuel 58. Samuel's Letters 59. William Allen 60. Martyrdom of Roger Coo 61. Martyrdom of Thomas Cobb 62. Martyrdom of Catmer, Streater, Burwood, Brodbridge, Tutty 63. Martyrdom of Hayward and Goreway 64. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Glover 65. Cornelius Bungey 66. John and William Glover 67. Martyrdom of Wolsey and Pigot 68. Life and Character of Nicholas Ridley 69. Ridley's Letters 70. Life of Hugh Latimer 71. Latimer's Letters 72. Ridley and Latimer Re-examined and Executed73. More Letters of Ridley 74. Life and Death of Stephen Gardiner 75. Martyrdom of Webb, Roper and Park 76. William Wiseman 77. James Gore 78. Examinations and Martyrdom of John Philpot 79. Philpot's Letters 80. Martyrdom of Thomas Whittle, Barlett Green, et al 81. Letters of Thomas Wittle 82. Life of Bartlett Green 83. Letters of Bartlett Green 84. Thomas Browne 85. John Tudson 86. John Went 87. Isobel Foster 88. Joan Lashford 89. Five Canterbury Martyrs 90. Life and Martyrdom of Cranmer 91. Letters of Cranmer 92. Martyrdom of Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield 93. Persecution in Salisbury Maundrell, Coberly and Spicer 94. William Tyms, et al 95. Letters of Tyms 96. The Norfolk Supplication 97. Martyrdom of John Harpole and Joan Beach 98. John Hullier 99. Hullier's Letters 100. Christopher Lister and five other martyrs 101. Hugh Lauerocke and John Apprice 102. Katherine Hut, Elizabeth Thacknell, et al 103. Thomas Drury and Thomas Croker 104. Thomas Spicer, John Deny and Edmund Poole 105. Persecution of Winson and Mendlesam 106. Gregory Crow 107. William Slech 108. Avington Read, et al 109. Wood and Miles 110. Adherall and Clement 111. A Merchant's Servant Executed at Leicester 112. Thirteen Burnt at Stratford-le-Bow113. Persecution in Lichfield 114. Hunt, Norrice, Parret 115. Martyrdom of Bernard, Lawson and Foster 116. Examinations of John Fortune117. John Careless 118. Letters of John Careless 119. Martyrdom of Julius Palmer 120. Agnes Wardall 121. Peter Moone and his wife 122. Guernsey Martyrdoms 123. Dungate, Foreman and Tree 124. Martyrdom of Thomas More125. Examination of John Jackson126. Examination of John Newman 127. Martyrdom of Joan Waste 128. Martyrdom of Edward Sharpe 129. Four Burnt at Mayfield at Sussex 130. John Horne and a woman 131. William Dangerfield 132. Northampton Shoemaker 133. Prisoners Starved at Canterbury 134. More Persecution at Lichfield
Critical Apparatus for this Page
Commentary on the GlossesCommentary on the Text
Names and Places on this Page
Unavailable for this Edition
1811 [1810]

Quene Mary. Q. Maries childe. The Queenes Proclamation against English bookes.

MarginaliaAn. 1555. Iune.wherof ye may read before in the letter of the Counsell sent to Boner. pag. 1647. And also the same moreouer may appeare by prouision made before in the Act of Parlament for the childe. pag. 1652. 

Commentary  *  Close

The letter Foxe refers to was printed in Book X.

Commentary  *  Close

The poems of William Forrest were dropped from the 1570 edition, probably due to the need to save paper. Foxe, however, never reprinted these poems in later editions.

now for somuch as in the beginning of this moneth of Iune  
Commentary  *  Close

Note that Foxe corrected the month in the 1570 edition.

about Whitsontyde, the tyme was thought to be nygh that this yong Maister should come into the world, and that midwyues, MarginaliaRockers, and Nurses prouided for Q. Maries child.rockers, nurses, with the cradle and al were prepared and in a readines, sodenly vpon what cause or occasion it is vncertaine, a certayne vayne rumour was blowne in London of the prosperous deliueraunce of the Queene, and the byrth of the child: In so much that the bels were rong, MarginaliaProcessions and bonfiers in London for ioy of the younge Prince.bonefyars and processions made, not onely in the citie of London and in most other partes of the realme, but also in the towne of Antwarpe MarginaliaTriumph at Antwerpe for the same.gunnes were shot of vpon the Riuer by the English Ships, and the Mariners thereof rewarded with an hundred pistolets or Italian crownes by the Lady Regent, who was the Queene of Hungarye. Such great reioysing & triumph was for the Queenes deliuery, and that there was a Prince borne. Yea, diuers Preachers, namely one, the Parson of S. Anne within Aldersgate, 
Commentary  *  Close

St Anne's was the parish in which John Day's home and printshop were located.

after processiō and Te Deum  
Commentary  *  Close

This is a Latin hymn recited on occasions of thanksgiving.

song, tooke vpon him to describe the proportion of the child, how fayre, how beautifull, and great a Prince it was, as the lyke had not bene seene.

[Back to Top]

In the middest of this great ado, there was a simple man (this I speake but vpon information) dwelling within foure myles of Barwicke, that neuer had bene before halfe way to London, which said concerning the Bonfiers made for Queene Maries childe: Here is a ioyly triumph, but at length all will not proue worth a messe of Potage: 

Commentary  *  Close

See Genesis 25: 29-34.

as in deede it came to passe: For in the end MarginaliaQ. Maries child would not come.all proued cleane contrary, and the ioye and expectations of men were much deceiued. For the people were certified, that the Queene neither was as then deliuered, nor after was in hope to haue any child. At this time many talked diuersly: some sayd thys rumour of the Queenes conception was spread for a policie: some other affirmed that she was deceyued by a Tympany 
Commentary  *  Close

A swelling or a tumor (OED).

or some other lyke disease, to thinke her self with child, and was not: some thought she was wyth childe, and that it dyd by some chaunce miscarye, or els that she was bewitched: but what was the truth thereof, the Lord knoweth, MarginaliaWhat became of Q. Maries child no man can whom nothing is secret. One thing of mine own hearing and seing I can not passe ouer vnwytnessed.

[Back to Top]

There came to me, whom I did both heare and see, one Isabel Malt, a womā dwelling in Aldersgate strete in Horne alley, 

Commentary  *  Close

In other words, Isabel Malt lived within a stone's throw of John Day's printshop.

not farre frō the house where this present booke was printed, who before wytnes made thys declaration vnto vs, that she being deliuered of a man child vpō Whitsonday in the morning, which was the xj. day of Iune, an. 1555. there came to her the Lorde North, and an other Lord to her vnknowen, dwelling then about old Fish streete, demaunding of her if shee would part with her child, and would sweare that shee neuer knew nor had no such child. Which if she would, her sonne, they sayd, should bee well prouided for, shee should take no care for it, with many fayre offers if she would part with the child.

[Back to Top]

After that came other women also, of whom one she sayd should haue bene the Rocker, but shee in no wyse would let go her sōne, who is yet alyue & is called Timothe Malt,, of the age of. xiij. yeares and vpward. 

Commentary  *  Close

Rumours were circulating in the spring of 1555 that Mary was not truly pregnant and that she would try to substitute another woman's child and claim it as her own (see Brigden, p. 596).

Thus much, I say, I heard of the woman her selfe. MarginaliaEx testimonio euiusdā puerperæ Londinensis.What credite is to be geuen to her relatiō, I deale not withall, but leaue it to the liberty of þe reader, to beleue it they that list: to them that list not, I haue no further warrant to assure them.

Among many other great preparations made for the Queenes deliuerance of child, there was MarginaliaThe young Princes Cradle.a cradle very sumptusly and gorgeously trimmed, vpon the which Cradell for the Childe appoynted, these verses were wrytten, both in Latin and Englishe.

MarginaliaVerses vpon the Cradle.Quam Mariæ sobolem Deus optime sume dedisti
Anglis incolumen redde, tuere, rege.

The Child whih thou to Mary, O Lord of might hast sēd
To Englands ioy in health preserue, kepe & defend.

About this tyme 

Commentary  *  Close
Censorship Proclamation

All of the material on the 1555 efforts by the Marian regime to censor anti-catholic literature was first printed in the 1563 edition and unchanged in subsequent editions. However, as was so often the case, in the 1570 edition Foxe moved this material to place it in its proper chronological order. Foxe apparently printed the proclamation and the articles from records of Bishop Bonner, now lost.

[Back to Top]
there came ouer into England a certaine English booke, giuyng warnyng to Englishe men of þe Spanyardes, & disclosing certeyne close practises for recouery of Abbay landes, which booke was called A warnyng for England.  
Commentary  *  Close

Foxe himself had used A Warning for England to support his claims thatMary secretly planned to restore abbey lands.

Wherof ye shall vnderstand more (God willyng) when we come to the Spanish Inquisition. So that by the occasion of this booke, vpon the xiij. day of this moneth came out a certeine Proclamation, set forth in the name of the King and Queene, repealing and disanulling all maner of bookes written or printed, whatsoeuer shoulde touch any thyng the impayryng of the Popes dignitie, wherby not onely much godly edification was hyndred: but also great perill grew among the people. The copy of whiche Proclamation here foloweth.

[Back to Top]
¶ A Proclamation set out by the Kyng and Queene for the restraynyng of all bookes and writynges tendyng agaynst the doctrine of the Pope and his Church. 
Commentary  *  Close

Foxe probaly printed the proclamation from a copy transcribed in Bonner's records.


Commentary on the Glosses  *  Close
Censorship Proclamation

The fact that the scriptural reference in the gloss 'Astiterunt reges terræ, & principes conuenerunt in vnum aduersus Dominum & Christum eius' is given in Latin is probably because it opposes royal intentions and God in such a stark way; if so, this tells us something about what Foxe felt should be kept from vulgar eyes and ears (however, it would be simple enough to follow up the reference in an English Bible).

[Back to Top]
MarginaliaIune. 13.VVHere as by the Statute made in þe second yeare of kyng Henry the iiij. concernyng the repressyng of heresies, there is ordeined and prouided a great punishment, not onely for the authors, makers, and writers of bookes conteinyng wicked doctrine and erroneous and hereticall opinions contrary to the Catholicke faith, and determination of the holy Church, and likewise for their fautors and supporters, but also for such as shall haue or keepe any such bookes or writynges, and not make delieury of them to the ordinary of the Dioces or his Ministers, within a certeine tyme limited in the sayd statute, which MarginaliaOf thys Acte or statute, read before Pag. 624.Acte or Statute being by authority of Parliamēt of late reuiued, was also openly proclaimed, to the intent the subiectes of the Realme vppon such Proclamation should the rather eschew the daunger and penalty of the sayd Statute, and as yet neuertheles, in most partes of the Realme the same is neglected, and litle regarded: MarginaliaAstiterūt reges terræ, & principes conuenerunt in vnū aduersus Dominum & Christum eius. Psal. 2.The King and Queene our soueraigne Lord and Lady, therfore. &c. straitly charge and commaund, that no person or persons, of what estate, degree, or condition soeuer he or they be, from henceforth presume to bryng or conuey, or cause to be brought or conueyed into this Realme, any bookes, writyngs or workes hereafter mentioned: that is to say, any booke or bookes, writyngs or workes made or set forth by or in the name of MarginaliaGood bookes prohibited.Martin Luther, or any booke or bookes, writynges or workes made or set forth by or in the name of Oecolampadius, Zwinglius, Iohu Caluin, Pomerane, Ioh. Alasco, Bullinger, Bucer, Melanthon, Bernardinus Ochinus, Erasmus Sarcerius, Peter Martyr, Hugh Latimer, Robert Barnes, other wise called Frier Barnes, Ioh. Bale, otherwise called Frier Bale, Iustus Ionas, Iohn Hoper, Myles Couerdall, William Tyndall, Thomas Cranmer late Archbyshop of Canterbury, William Turner, Theodore Basill, otherwise called Tho. Beacon, Iohn Frith, Roy, and the booke commonly called MarginaliaAgaynst Halles Chronicle.Halles Chronicle, or any of them, in the Latine toung, Dutch toūg, English toung, Italian toung, or French toūg, or any other like booke, paper, writing, or worke, made, printed, or set forth, by any other person or persons, conteynyng false doctrine contrary, and agaynst the Catholicke fayth, and the doctrine of the Catholicke Church: MarginaliaWhat ado is here to kepe down Christ in his sepulchre, and yet will he rise in spite of all his enemies.And also that no person or persons presume to write, print, vtter, sell, read, or keepe, or cause to be writtē, printed, vttered, read, or kept any of the sayd bookes, papers workes or wrytings, or any booke or bookes wrytten or prynted in the Latin or English toung, cōcerning the common seruice and administration set forth in English to be vsed in the Churches of this Realme, in the tyme of kyng Edward the syxt, commonly called the Communion booke or booke of common seruice and orderyng of ministers, otherwyse called The booke set forth by authoritie of Parliament, for common prayer and administration of the Sacramentes, to be vsed in the mother toung wythin the Church of England, but shall wythin the space of fiftene dayes next after the publication of this Proclamation, bring or delyuer, or cause the sayd bookes, writings, and woorkes, and euery of them remaining in their custodies and keeping, to be brought and deliuered to the Ordinary of the

[Back to Top]
Go To Modern Page No:  
Click on this link to switch between the Modern pagination for this edition and Foxe's original pagination when searching for a page number. Note that the pagination displayed in the transcription is the modern pagination with Foxe's original pagination in square brackets.
Type a keyword and then restrict it to a particular edition using the dropdown menu. You can search for single words or phrases. When searching for single words, the search engine automatically imposes a wildcard at the end of the keyword in order to retrieve both whole and part words. For example, a search for "queen" will retrieve "queen", "queene" and "queenes" etc.
Humanities Research Institute  *  HRI Online  *  Feedback
Version 2.0 © 2011 The University of Sheffield