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. The story and Examinations of Rafe Allerton, Martyr.

MarginaliaAn. 1557. September.payre of writing tables to note both the names of the women that dranke of her cup (as before you heard) and also described her frendes by their apparell: for presently he could not learne theyr names, and afterwardes enquired for theyr names, and so immediately processe was sent out for them, both to Couentry and to other places: 

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See 1563, p. 1683; 1570, p. 2220; 1576, p. 1815 and 1583, pp. 2023-24.

but God, whose prouidence slepeth not, did defend them from the handes of these cruell tirants. Vnto the which God, with the Sonne and the holy ghost be honour and glory for euer, Amen.

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The Matrydome of Rafe Allerton, Iames Awstoo, Margery Awstoo, and Richard Roth, burned at Islington. 
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The Martyrdom of Ralph Allerton and Others

Apart from a brief section, added in 1570, describing alleged attempts to intimidate Margery Austoo, this entire account first appeared in the 1563 edition. It is based partly on official documents - the articles and answers of Ralph Allerton - partly on the testimony of informants and largely on the writings of Allerton and Roth. Apart from the anecdotes added in 1570, this account remained unchanged in subsequent editions.

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MarginaliaSeptēber. 17.
The story of Rafe Allerton.
IN searching out the certayne nomber of the faithfull martyrs of God that suffred within the time and raigne of Queene Mary: I finde that about the. xvij. day of September, were burned at Islington, nigh vnto London, these foure constant professours of Christ, Rafe Allerton, Iames Awstoo, Margery Awstoo his wife, & Richard Roth. Amongst the which: it first appeareth that this Rafe Allerton was more then a yeare before his condemnation, apprehended & brought before the Lord Darcy of Chich, and was there accused, aswell for that he would not consent and come vnto the idolatry and supersticion which then was vsed, as also that he had by preaching entised others to doo the like. Being then hereupon examined, he confessed that he comming into his parish church of Bentley, and seing the people sitting there, eyther gasing about, or els talking together, exhorted them that they would fall vnto prayer and meditacion of Gods most holy worde, and not sit still idely. Wherunto they willingly consented. Then after prayer ended, he red vnto them a chapter of the new testament, and so departed.

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In which exercise he continued vntill Candlemas, and then being enformed that he might not so doo by the law (for that he was no priest or minister) he left of, and kept himselfe close in his house vntill Easter then next after. At what time, certayne sworne men for the inquiry of such matters, came vnto his house and MarginaliaRafe Allerton attached.attached him for reading in the parish of Welley. But whē they vnderstoode that he had red but once, & that it was of obedience (wherunto he earnestly moued þe people) they let him for that time depart. Notwithstanding for feare of theyr crueltie he was not long after constrained to forsake his owne house, and kepe himselfe in woods, barnes, and other solitary places, vntill the time of his apprehension. After this examination, the Lord Darcy sent him vp vnto the Counsell: but they (not minding to trouble them selues with him) sent him vnto Boner. 

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The privy council's letter of 17 November 1557, sending Allerton to Bonner is APC VI, pp. 18-19. There is a copy of this letter in Foxe's papers: BL, MS Harley 419, fo. 134r.

Who by threatninges and other subtill meanes, so abused the simple and fearefull hart of thys man (as yet not throughly stayed vppon the ayde and helpe of God) that within short time he woon him vnto his most wicked will, and made him openly at Paules crosse to reuoke and recant his former profession, and therupon set him at liberty of body. Which yet brought such a bondage and terror of soule and conscience, and so cast him down, that except the Lord (whose mercies are immesurable) had supported and lifted him vp agayne, he had perished for euer.

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But the Lord, who neuer suffereth his elect children vtterly to fall, casting his pitifull eyes vpon this lost shepe, with his mercifull and fatherly chastisement, did (with Peter) rayse him vp againe, geuing vnto him not onely harty and vnfayned repentance, but also a most constant boldnes to professe agayne (euen vnto the death) his most holy name and glorious gospel. Wherfore at the procurement of one MarginaliaThomas Tye priest, persecutor and promotor.Thomas Tye priest, sometime an earnest professor of Christ, but now a fierce persecutour of the same (as apperaeth more at

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large before in the history of William Munt and hys wife, pag. 2198.) he was agayne apprehended, and sent vp agayne vnto Boner, before whom he was the eyght day of Aprill, and sondry other times els examined. The reporte of which examinations, written by his owne hand with bloud for lacke of other incke, hereafter followeth.

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¶ The examinations of Rafe Allerton at his second apprehension, appearing before the Byshop of London at Fulham, the viij. day of Aprill. An. 1557. written by hym selfe, with hys owne bloud.

MarginaliaThe examinations of Rafe Allerton.BOner. A syrrha, how chaunceth it that you are come hether againe on thys fashion: I dare say thou art accused wrongfully.

Rafe. Yea my Lord, so I am. For if I were giltie of such thinges as I am accused of, then I would be very sory.

Boner. By saint Mary that is not well done. But let me heare: art thou an honest man? for if I can proue no heresie by thee, then shall thine accusers doe thee no harme at all. Goe to, let me heare thee: For I did not beleue the tale to be true.

Rafe. My Lord, who doth accuse me? I pray you let me know, and what is mine accusation, that I may aunswere thereunto.

Boner. Ah, wilt thou so? Before God, if thou hast not dissembled, then thou needest not to be afrayde, nor ashamed to aunswere for thy selfe. But tell me in faith, hast thou not dissembled?

Rafe. If I can not haue mine accusers to accuse me before you, my conscience doth constraine me to accuse my selfe before you: For I confesse that I haue greuously offended God in my dissimulation at my last being before your Lordship, for the which I am right sory, as God knoweth.

Boner. Wherin I pray thee, diddest thou dissemble, when thou wast before me?

Rafe. Forsooth my Lorde, if your Lordship remember, I did set my hand vnto a certaine writing, the contentes wherof (as I remēber) were, that I did beleue in all thinges as the Catholicke Church teacheth. &c. In the which I did not disclose my minde, but shamefully dissembled, because I made no differēce betwene the true Church and the vntrue Church.

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Boner. Nay, but I pray thee let me heare more of thys geare. For I feare me thou wilt smell of an hereticke anone. Which is the true Church, as thou sayest? Doest thou not call the heretickes Church the true Church, or the Catholicke Church of Christ? Now which of these two are the true Church, sayest thou? Go to: for in fayth I will know of thee ere I leaue thee.

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Rafe. As concerning the Church of heretickes, I vtterly abhorre the same, as detestable and abominable before God, with all their enormities and heresies: and the Church Catholicke is it that I onely embrace, whose doctrine is sincere, pure, and true.

Boner. By S. Augustine, but that is wel sayd of thee. For by God almightie, if thou haddest allowed the Church of heretickes, I would haue burned thee with fire for thy labour.

Morton. Then sayd one Morton, a priest: My Lorde, you know not yet what Church it is that he calleth Catholike. I warrant you he meaneth naughtely enough.

Boner. Thinke you so? Now by our blessed Lady, if it bee so, he might haue deceaued me. How say you syrrha, which is the Catholicke Church.

Rafe. Euen that which hath receaued the wholesome sound, spoken of by Esay, Dauid, Malachie, and Paule, with many other moe. The which sound, as it is written, hath gone throughout all the earth in euery place, and vnto the endes of the world.

Boner. Yea, thou sayest true before God. For thys

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