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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Quene Mary. Persecutiō in Lond. XXij. prisoners. The maner of their bringing vp to Lōdon.

MarginaliaAn. 1557. March.beyng entred into my house, and talked withall, they shewed them selues desperate and very obstinate, yet I vsed all the honest meanes I could, both by my selfe and other to haue wonne them, causing diuers learned men to talke with them: and findyng nothyng in them but pride and wilfulnes, I thought to haue had them all hether to Fulham, & here to geue Sentence agaynst them. Neuertheles, perceiuyng by my last doyng that your grace was offended, I thought it my duety before I any

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thyng fruther proceeded herein, to aduertise first your grace herof, & know your good pleasure, which I besech your grace I may do by this trusty bearer. And thus most humbly I take my leaue of your good grace, beseching almighty God alwaies to preserue the same. At Fullam, postridie Natiu. 1556.

Your graces most bounden Bedesmā
and seruaunt, Edmund London.

MarginaliaThe maner how thee xxij. prisoners were brought vp from Colchester to London by three keepers. The Picture of xxij. godly and faithfull Christians, apprehended about Colchester, prisoned together in one bande, and so with three leaders at the most, brought vpto London.
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The scene of 22 prisoners being driven, so like so many sheep or cattle, to walk the 60 miles from Colchester to London, was one of the martyrologist's plentiful illustrations of Bishop Bonner's cruelty. In this case it is given a quite specific biblical context. Chapter 10 of Matthew, verse 18 of which is inscribed in the print, speaks of persecution in just such terms; verse 16 warns 'Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves' (which in the Geneva version is annotated 'You shall be in great danger'). The fifteen prisoners, old and young, seen here roped together and hemmed in by two mounted guards and two pikemen, trudge obediently between their warders, bearing their few possessions, in one case what looks like a book. Above, a sinister face looks out from the dark opening of the window. And one young woman, turning sideways, seems to look directly at the viewer.

By this letter of Byshop Boner to the Cardinal, is to be vnderstand, what good will was in thys Bishop to haue the bloud of these men, and to haue past with sentence of condemnation agaynst them, MarginaliaB. Boners crueltie somewhat stayed by the Cardinall.had not the Cardinal somewhat (as it semed) haue stayde his feruent headynes. 

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Foxe had his own copies of these letters: BL, Harley MS 417, fos. 49r-68v and 69r-78v.

Concerning the which Cardinal, although it can not be denyed by hys Actes & writinges, but that he was a professed enemy, and no otherwyse to be reputed but for a papiste: MarginaliaCard. Poole a Papiste, but no bloudy Papist.yet agayne it is to be supposed, that he was none of the bloudy and cruel sort of papistes, as may appeare not only by staying the rage of this Bishop: but also by hys solicitous writing, and long letters written to Cranmer: 
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Petyt MS 538/46, fos. 391r-426v.

also by the complaynts of certayne papistes, accusing hym to the pope to be a bearer with the heretickes, and by the Popes letters sent to hym vpon the same, callyng him vp to Rome, and settyng Frier Peto in his place, had not Queene Mary by speciall entreaty haue kept hym out of the popes daunger. All which letters I haue (if neede be) to shew:  
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Alan Sympson and Helen Ewring had been indicted in 1556 for attending a conventicle outside of Colchester (Essex Record Office, Court Rolls, 122/4).

besides also that it is thought of hym that toward his latter ende, a litle before hys comming from Rome to England, MarginaliaCard. Poole halfe suspected for a Lutheran at Rome.he began somewhat to sauour the doctrine of Luther, and was no lesse suspected at Rome: Yea and furthermore did there at Rome conuert a certayne learned Spanyard from papisme to Luthers side: notwithstanding the pompe and glory of the world afterward caryed hym away to play the papist thus as he did. But of this Cardinal enough.

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To returne now to this godly company agayne, first how they were brought vp in bandes to London, ye

haue heard: Also how Boner was about to haue red þe Sentence of death vpon them, and how he was stayed by the Cardinal ye vnderstand. As touching their confession, which they articled vp in writing, it were to tedious to recite the whole at length. Briefely touching the article of þe Lordes Supper (for þe which they were chiefely troubled) thus they wrote, as here foloweth.

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¶ The supper of the Lord.

MarginaliaTheir opinion and iudgement of þe Lordes Supper.WHere as Christ at his last Supper toke bread, and when he had geuen thankes he brake it and gaue it to his disciples & sayd: take, eate, this is my body: and likewise tooke the cuppe and thanked, &c. MarginaliaChristes language to speake in parrables.We do vnderstand it to be a figuratiue speach, as the most manner of his language was in parrables and darcke sentences, that they which are carnally mynded, shoulde see wyth theyr eyes, and not perceaue, and heare with their eares, and not vnderstād, signifying this, that as he did breake the bread among them, beyng but one loafe, and they all were pertakers thereof, so we through his body, in that it was broken, and offered vpon the crosse for vs, are all partakers thereof, and his bloud clenseth vs from our sinnes, and hath pacified Gods wrath towards vs, and made the atonement betwene God and vs, if we walke henceforth in the light euen as he is the true light.

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MarginaliaThe cause why the bread and cup was geuē in the Supper.And in that hee sayd further, do this in the remēbrance of me, it is a memoriall and token of the suffring & death of Iesu Christ: and he commaunded it for this cause, that the congregatiō of Christ should come together to shew his death, and to thanke and laude hym for all his benefites, and magnifie his holy name, and so to breake the bread and drinke the wine, in remembraunce that Christ

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