Thematic Divisions in Book 12
1. Exhumations of Bucer and Phagius along with Peter Martyr's Wife2. Pole's Visitation Articles for Kent3. Ten Martyrs Burnt at Canterbury4. The 'Bloody Commission'5. Twenty-two Prisoners from Colchester6. Five Burnt at Smithfield7. Stephen Gratwick and others8. Edmund Allen and other martyrs9. Alice Benden and other martyrs10. Examinations of Matthew Plaise11. Richard Woodman and nine other martyrs12. Ambrose13. Richard Lush14. Edmund Allen15. The Martyrdom of Simon Miller and Elizabeth Cooper16. Rose Allin and nine other Colchester Martyrs17. John Thurston18. George Eagles19. Richard Crashfield20. Fryer and George Eagles' sister21. Joyce Lewes22. Rafe Allerton and others23. Agnes Bongeor and Margaret Thurston24. John Kurde25. John Noyes26. Cicelye Ormes27. Persecution at Lichfield28. Persecution at Chichester29. Thomas Spurdance30. Hallingdale, Sparrow and Gibson31. John Rough and Margaret Mearing32. Cuthbert Simson33. William Nicholl34. Seaman, Carman and Hudson35. Three at Colchester36. A Royal Proclamation37. Roger Holland and other Islington martyrs38. Stephen Cotton and other martyrs39. Scourging of Thomas Hinshaw40. Scourging of John Milles41. Richard Yeoman42. John Alcocke43. Thomas Benbridge44. Four at St Edmondsbury45. Alexander Gouch and Alice Driver46. Three at Bury47. A Poor Woman of Exeter48. Priest's Wife of Exeter49. The Final Five Martyrs50. John Hunt and Richard White51. John Fetty52. Nicholas Burton53. John Fronton54. Another Martyrdom in Spain55. Baker and Burgate56. Burges and Hoker57. The Scourged: Introduction58. Richard Wilmot and Thomas Fairfax59. Thomas Greene60. Bartlett Greene and Cotton61. Steven Cotton's Letter62. James Harris63. Robert Williams64. Bonner's Beating of Boys65. A Beggar of Salisbury66. Providences: Introduction67. William Living68. The Miraculously Preserved69. Edward Grew70. William Browne71. Elizabeth Young72. Elizabeth Lawson73. Christenmas and Wattes74. John Glover75. Dabney76. Alexander Wimshurst77. Bosom's wife78. Lady Knevet79. John Davis80. Anne Lacy81. Crosman's wife82. Congregation at Stoke in Suffolk83. Congregation of London84. Englishmen at Calais85. Edward Benet86. Jeffrey Hurst87. William Wood88. Simon Grinaeus89. The Duchess of Suffolk90. Thomas Horton 91. Thomas Sprat92. John Cornet93. Thomas Bryce94. Gertrude Crockhey95. William Mauldon96. Robert Horneby97. Mistress Sandes98. Tome 6 Life and Preservation of the Lady Elizabeth99. The Unprosperous Queen Mary100. Punishments of Persecutors101. Foreign Examples102. A Letter to Henry II of France103. The Death of Henry II and others104. Admonition to the Reader
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Queene Mary. Persecution in Lond. dioces. XXij. prisoners. Boners Letter.

Marginalia1557. March.ked absolution, promised to do her solemne penaunce in her parish Church at Sainct Peters on Sonday next, and to continue a Catholique and a faithfull woman, as lōg as God should sēd her life. And for these couenantes, her husband stādeth bound in fiue pound. Which Alice is one of the nine women of this your Indenture: and that she is bigge with childe. MarginaliaAlice Wallice bigge with child, one of the ix. women pomiseth to recant. Wherefore she remayneth at home, and this done in the presence of the Baylifes, Aldermen, and townclarke. And for that matter Browne was certified, there was no Curate at Lexdon, he inquired who was the Farmer. The aunswere was made: sir Frances Iobson. Who is the Parson? They of the Questmen aunswered, Syr Roger Gostlow. When was he with you? Not these fourtene yeares. How is your cure serued? MarginaliaA cure well servedNow and then. Who is the patron? My Lord of Arundel. And within short time after Sir Frances Iobson came with great curtesy vnto my Lorde Darcies place. And of al Gentlemen about vs I saw no more come in. Syr R. Smith Priest, 

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Robert Smith was an alias of John Pullain, the ex-rector of St Peter Cornhill in London (see 1563, p. 1605). Pullain had gone into hiding in Colchester with his pregnant wife. Although under Marian law Pullain's marriage had no validity as he was a cleric, he had not abandoned his wife. Pullain had been active in preaching heresy in London and the privy council sent orders to Colchester for his arrest. But Kingston is having to report to Bonner that Pullain had eluded capture. Pullain's wife would deliver a daughter, named Faith, and the Pullains would flee into exile, reaching Geneva (Garrett, Marian Exiles).

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sometime Chanon of Bridlington, now Curate of Appledore, in the wilde  
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The Weald.

of Kent, came to Colchester the 28. day of August with his wife big wyth childe, of late diuorced, taken on suspition, examined of the Lords, and maister Brown told me that they haue receiued letters from the counsell, for the attachment of certayne persons, MarginaliaM. Pullen layde for.& especially of one Priest, whose name is Pullen (but his right name is Smith) doubting this priest to be he the sayd Pullen, although neither he nor his wife would confesse the same. Wherefore he lyeth still in prison, but surely this is not Pullen. If it please your Lordship to haue in remembraunce, that the householders might be compelled to bring euery man his owne wife to her owne seat in the church in time of diuine seruice, it would profit much. And also there be yet standing hospitals and other of like foundation about Colchester, which I haue not knowen to appeare at any visitation, as the maister and Lazars of Mary Magdalene in Colchester, the Proctor of Sainct Katherins Chappell in Colchester, the Hospitall or beadhouse of the foundation of Lord H. Marney, in Laremarney, the Hospitall and beadmē of litle Horksley. Thus presuming of your lordships goodnes, I am more then bolde euer to trouble you, with this worldly busines, beseching almighty god to send your honorable Lordship a condigne reward.

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From Eastthorp this present xxx. of August.

We found a letter touching the mariage of Priestes in the handes of the aforesayd Syr Robert Smith. MarginaliaMaister Browne doer of all thinges.Also I desired maister Browne the doer of all things, to require the audience to bring in theyr vnlawfull writinges and bokes. Who asked me if I had proclamed the proclamation. And I sayd, yea. Then hee sayd openly on the Bench, that they should be proclaimed euery quarter once. And then take the constables and officers, and they alone take and punish the offenders, accordingly.

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¶ By your poore Beadman,
Iohn Kingston, Priest.

An indenture made betwene the Lordes and Iustices within specified, and Boners Commissary, concerning the deliuery of the prisoners aboue named.

MarginaliaIndēture betwen the Iustices & Boners Commissary, for receauing of prisoners.THys Indenture made the. xxix. day of August, in the third & fourth yeares of the raignes of our soueraigne Lord and Lady Phillip and Mary by the grace of God King and Queene of Englād, Spaine, Fraunce, both Cicils, Ierusalē, & Ireland, defēders of þe faith, Archdukes of Austria, Dukes of Burgundye, Millayn, & Brabant, Coūties of Haspurgh, Flaunders, and Tiroll, betwene the ryght honourable Lord, Iohn de Veere, Erle of Oxenford, Lorde hygh Chamberlaine of Englande, Thomas Lord Darcy of Chiche, Henry Tirell Knight, Anthony Browne, the King and Queenes maiesties Sergeaunt at Law, William Bendelowes, Sergeaunt at Law, Edmund Tirell, Richard Weston, Roger Appleton, Esquiers, Iustices of Ooyer and determiner, and of the peace, with the sayd Countye of Essex, to be kept of the one party, & Iohn Kyngston clerke Bacheler at law, Commissary to the Bishop of London of the other party, witnesseth þt Robert Colman of Walton in the Coun-

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ty of Essex labourer, MarginaliaThe names of Christes prisoners persecuted.Iohn Winseley of Horsley Magna in the sayd County, Spinster, Steuen Glouer of Raylye, in the County aforesayd, Glouer, Richard Clerke of much Holland in the sayd County Mariner, William Munt of much Bently, in the sayd County, husbandmā, Tho. Winseley of much Horseley in the sayd County, Sawyer, Margaret Field of Ramesey, in the sayd County Spinster, Agnes Whitlocke of Douercorte in the sayd County, Spinster, Alice Munt 

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William Mount, his wife Alice, and her daughter Rose Allen, along with William Bongeor and Ellen Ewring, would be re-arrested in Colchester and burned there on 2 August 1557 (see 1563, pp. 1604-11; 1570, pp. 2198-202;1576, pp. 1898-1900 and 1583, pp. 2003-09).

of much Bentley in the sayd County, Spinster, Rose Allin of the same towne and County, Spinster, Richard Bongeor of Colchester in the sayde County, Corier, Richard Atkin of Halsted in the sayd County, Weauer, Robert Barcocke of Wiston, in þe County of Suffolke, Carpēter, Richard George of Westbarhoult, in the Countie of Essex, laborer, Kich. Iolley of Colchester in the sayd County, Mariner, Thomas Feersanne 
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Thomas Feerefanne was the son of Joan Dybney, who had fled from Colchester after she narrowly eluded arrest and joined the English protestant congregation at Aarau, just outside Geneva (Laquita M. Higgs, Godliness and Governance in Tudor Colchester [Ann Arbor, MI: 1998], p. 224). Joan's father-in-law, Thomas Dybney, was a Colchester alderman summoned before the privy council because of his evangelical beliefs.

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of the same towne and County, Mercer, Robert Debnam late of Dedham in the sayd County, Weauer, Cicely Warren of Cocksal in þe said County, Spinster, Christian Peper widow, of þe same towne & County, Allin Simpson, Elene Ewring, 
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William Mount, his wife Alice, and her daughter Rose Allen, along with William Bongeor and Ellen Ewring, would be re-arrested in Colchester and burned there on 2 August 1557 (see 1563, pp. 1604-11; 1570, pp. 2198-202;1576, pp. 1898-1900 and 1583, pp. 2003-09).

Alice the wife of William Wallies of Colchester, Spinster, and William Bongeor of Colchester in the sayd County, Glasier, being indited of Heresy, are deliuered to the sayd Iohn Kingston clerke, Ordinary to the Byshop of Lōdon, according to the statute in that case prouided.

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In witnes whereof to the one part of this Indenture, remayning with the sayd Erle, Lord, and other the Iustices, þe sayd Ordinary hath set to hys hand and seale, and to the other part remayning with the sayd Ordinary, the sayd Erle, Lord, and other the Iustices haue set to theyr seuerall handes & seales, the day and yeares aboue written. MarginaliaThe names of the persecutors.

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Thomas Darcy.
Henry Tyrell.
Antony Browne.
William Bendelowes.
Edmund Tyrell.
Richard Weston.
Roger Appleton.

These xxij. aforesayd prisoners thus sent from Colchester to London, were brought at length to Byshop Boner. As touchyng the order and maner of their commyng and bryngyng, the sayd Boner hym selfe writeth to Cardinal Poole, as you shall heare.

¶ A letter of B. Boner to Cardinall Poole.

MarginaliaB. Boners Letter to Card. Poole, concerning the xxij. prisoners aforesayd.MAy it please your good grace with my most humble obedience, reuerence, and duetie, to vnderstand that going to London vpon Thursday last, and thinking to be trobled with Master Germaynes matter only, & such other common matters as are accustomed, enough to wery a right strong body, I had the day folowing to cōfort my stomake with all, letters from Colchester, that eyther that day, or the day following I should haue sent thence xxij. heretickes, indited before the Cōmissioners, and in dede so had and compelled to beare theyr charges as I did of the other, which both stoode me aboue xx. nobles, a summe of money that I thought full euil bestowed. And these heretickes, notwithstanding they had honest catholicke keepers to conduct and bring them vp to me, and in all the way from Colchester to Stratforde of the Bow, did go quietly and obediently, yet comming to Stratforde, they began to take hart of grace and to do as pleased them selues, for there they began to haue their garde, which generally encreased till they came to Algate, where they were lodged Friday night. And albeit I tooke order that the sayd heretickes should be with me very early on Saterday mornyng, to the entent they might quietly come and be examined by me, yet it was betwene x. and xj. of the clocke before they would come, and no way would they take but through Cheape syde, so that they were brought to my house with about a thousand persons. Which thyng I tooke very straunge & spake to Syr Iohn Gressam then beyng with me, to tell the Maior and the Shrieffes that this thyng was not well suffred in þe Citite. These naughty heretickes, all the way they came through Cheapsyde both exhorted þe people to their part, & had much cōfort à promiscua plebe, 

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Bonner in a letter to Poole
Foxe text Latin

a promiscua plebe

Foxe text translation

Not translated.

Translation (Wade 2004)

from the common people


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