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. Censorship Proclamation 32. Our Lady' Psalter 33. Martyrdom of Osmund, Bamford, Osborne and Chamberlain34. The Martyrdom of John Bradford 35. Bradford's Letters 36. William Minge 37. James Trevisam 38. The Martyrdom of John Bland 39. The Martyrdom of Frankesh, Middleton and Sheterden 40. Sheterden's Letters 41. Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley 42. Martyrdom of Christopher Wade 43. Nicholas Hall44. Margery Polley45. Martyrdom of Carver and Launder 46. Martyrdom of Thomas Iveson 47. John Aleworth 48. Martyrdom of James Abbes 49. Martyrdom of Denley, Newman and Pacingham 50. Richard Hooke 51. Martyrdom of William Coker, et al 52. Martyrdom of George Tankerfield, et al 53. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Smith 54. Martyrdom of Harwood and Fust 55. Martyrdom of William Haile 56. George King, Thomas Leyes and John Wade 57. William Andrew 58. Martyrdom of Robert Samuel 59. Samuel's Letters 60. William Allen 61. Martyrdom of Roger Coo 62. Martyrdom of Thomas Cobb 63. Martyrdom of Catmer, Streater, Burwood, Brodbridge, Tutty 64. Martyrdom of Hayward and Goreway 65. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Glover 66. Cornelius Bungey 67. John and William Glover 68. Martyrdom of Wolsey and Pigot 69. Life and Character of Nicholas Ridley 70. Ridley's Letters 71. Life of Hugh Latimer 72. Latimer's Letters 73. Ridley and Latimer Re-examined and Executed74. More Letters of Ridley 75. Life and Death of Stephen Gardiner 76. Martyrdom of Webb, Roper and Park 77. William Wiseman 78. James Gore 79. Examinations and Martyrdom of John Philpot 80. Philpot's Letters 81. Martyrdom of Thomas Whittle, Barlett Green, et al 82. Letters of Thomas Wittle 83. Life of Bartlett Green 84. Letters of Bartlett Green 85. Thomas Browne 86. John Tudson 87. John Went 88. Isobel Foster 89. Joan Lashford 90. Five Canterbury Martyrs 91. Life and Martyrdom of Cranmer 92. Letters of Cranmer 93. Martyrdom of Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield 94. Persecution in Salisbury Maundrell, Coberly and Spicer 95. William Tyms, et al 96. Letters of Tyms 97. The Norfolk Supplication 98. Martyrdom of John Harpole and Joan Beach 99. John Hullier 100. Hullier's Letters 101. Christopher Lister and five other martyrs 102. Hugh Lauerocke and John Apprice 103. Katherine Hut, Elizabeth Thacknell, et al 104. Thomas Drury and Thomas Croker 105. Thomas Spicer, John Deny and Edmund Poole 106. Persecution of Winson and Mendlesam 107. Gregory Crow 108. William Slech 109. Avington Read, et al 110. Wood and Miles 111. Adherall and Clement 112. A Merchant's Servant Executed at Leicester 113. Thirteen Burnt at Stratford-le-Bow114. Persecution in Lichfield 115. Hunt, Norrice, Parret 116. Martyrdom of Bernard, Lawson and Foster 117. Examinations of John Fortune118. John Careless 119. Letters of John Careless 120. Martyrdom of Julius Palmer 121. Agnes Wardall 122. Peter Moone and his wife 123. Guernsey Martyrdoms 124. Dungate, Foreman and Tree 125. Martyrdom of Thomas More126. Martyrdom of John Newman127. Examination of John Jackson128. Examination of John Newman 129. Martyrdom of Joan Waste 130. Martyrdom of Edward Sharpe 131. Four Burnt at Mayfield at Sussex 132. John Horne and a woman 133. William Dangerfield 134. Northampton Shoemaker 135. Prisoners Starved at Canterbury 136. More Persecution at Lichfield
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Quene Mary. VV Dangerfield and his wife and the infant Martyrs. 5. famished.

MarginaliaAnno, 1556. some of his vnkinde and vncharitable neighbours, but they incensed with the spirite of Papistrie, MarginaliaNo charitie in in popery to be noted.eftsones beset the house about, and there tooke the said William Dangerfield, MarginaliaW. Dangerfield apprehended in his owne house. and caried him to prison, and so at length he was brought to the Bishoppe, beyng then Doctour Brookes: in whose cruell handlyng he remained a certeine space, so long till his legges almoste were freated of with yrons.

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After the apprehension of the Husbande, the wife likewise was taken, with her yong borne childe, beyng but 14. dayes olde (as is saide) out of her child bed, and caried into the common Iayle, and there placed amongest Theues and murderers, where bothe shee and her poore innocent MarginaliaIoane the wife of W. Dangerfield taken with her yoūg infant out of childbed, and had to prison.found so small charitie amongst the catholike men, that she neuer could come to any fire, but was driuen to warme the clothes that she should put about the child, in her bosome.

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In the meane season while they lay thus inclosed in seuerall prisons, the husband and the wife, the Bishop beginneth to practise not with the woman firste, as the Serpent did with Eue, but with the man, craftely deceiuyng his simplicitie, with fayre glosing wordes, MarginaliaDangerfield made to beleue falsely, that his wife had recanted.falsely persuading him that his wife had recanted, and asking him, wherefore he should more stande in his owne conceate, then she, beyng as well learned as he, and so subtilly drew out a forme of recantation, wherewith he deceiued the simple soule. MarginaliaDangerfield vppon hope of his wiues recantation, consented to the Bishop.Whereunto after that hee had once graunted that he would consent, although he had not yet recanted, they suffered hym to goe to his wife, where she lay in the common Iayle.

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Then they with melting hartes opening their minds one to an other, whē he saw his wife not released, and perceauyng that he had not done well, he declared vnto her the whole matter, how falsely he was circumuēted by the subtile flatteringes of the Bishop, bearyng hym in hand that certeinely she had recanted: and thus deceauyng me (said he) brought this vnto me, and so plucked out of his bosome the copy of the recãtation, wherunto he had graunted his promise. At the sight wherof the wife hearyng what her housebãd had done, her hart claue asunder, saiyng: MarginaliaThe wife lamented the fall of her husband.Alacke, thus long haue we continued one, and hath Satan so preuailed, to cause you to breake your first vow made to Christ in Baptisme? And so departed the said Williã and Ioane his wife, with what hartes the Lorde knoweth. MarginaliaDangerfield lamenteth his promise made to the Bishop.Then began he not a little to bewaile his promise made to the Bishop, MarginaliaThe praier of Dangerfield to God.and to make his praier to almighty God, desiring him, that he might not liue so long as to call euill good, and good euill: or light darkenes, or darkenes light, and so departed he home toward his house: MarginaliaThe death of the husband.where by the way homewarde (as it is affirmed) he tooke his death, and shortly after departed, accordyng to his prayer, after he had endured in prison xij. weekes.

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After this, Ioane his wife continued still in prison with her tender infant, till at last she was brought before the Bishop to be examined. Whereunto what her aunswers were, it is not certainlie knowne. Howbeit most like it is, whatsoeuer they were, they pleased not the Bishoppe, as appeared by his ire increased against the poore woman and her long continuance in the prison, together with her tender babe, which also remained with her in the Iayle, partaker of her Martyrdome, so long as her Milke would serue to giue it sucke, MarginaliaThe young infant famished in prison.till at length the childe beeyng starued for colde and famine, was sent awaye when it was paste all remedye, and so shortly after died. And not long after the Mother also followed, MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of the mother. besides the old woman which was mother of the housbande, of the age of 80. yeares and vpwarde. MarginaliaThe death of the old womã.Who beyng left in the house after their apprehension, for lacke of comfort there perished also.

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And thus haue ye in one story the death of foure together: first of the old woman, then of the husband, after that of the innocent child, and lastly of the mother. What became of the other nine children, I am not perfectly sure, but that I partly vnderstand, that they were all vndone by the same.

This story is reported and testified as well by other as namely by MarginaliaM. Bridges persecuted the same time for Gods word, and witnes of this story.Mistres Bridges, dwellyng in the same towne, and partaker then of the like afflictions, and hardly escaped with her life.

¶ A Shomaker fuffering in Northampton. 
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Northampton Shoemaker and Chichester Martyrs

Two confused accounts here. This shoemaker was John Kurde (see 1563,p. 1618; 1570, pp. 2216-17; 1576, p. ; 1583, p. 2021); Foxe's date of his execution here is inaccurate. As for Hook, Foxe had earlier stated that Richard Hook had died in prison in Chichester at an unspecified date. If Richard Hook did die in prison, it was shortly before he was scheduled to die; a writ authorizing the execution of Richard Hook of Alfreton, Sussex, was issued on 14 October 1555 (PRO C/85/48/19).

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MarginaliaOctober 12.JN the moneth of October followyng, was burned at the towne of Northampton, a Shomaker, a true

MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of a Shomaker of Northampton.witnes and disciple of the Lord, who, accordyng to the grace of GOD geuen vnto hym, cleauyng faste to the sound doctrine and preachyng of Gods worde, renounced the vntrue and false coloured Religion of the Romish sea, wherin many a good man hath bene drowned.

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MarginaliaOctober. 18. MarginaliaThree died in the Castell of Chicister, Confessors.After whom, not long after in the same moneth of October died also in the Castle of Chicister three godly confessors, beyng there in bondes for the like cause of Christes Gospel, who also should haue suffred the like Martyrdome, had not their naturall death, or rather (as it is to be suspected) the cruell handlyng of the papistes made them awaie before, and afterward buried them in the field.

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MarginaliaIohn Hooke, Martyr.I reade moreouer that in this present yeare, to wit an. 1556. was burnt one called Hooke a true witnes of the Lordes truth, at Chester. 

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I.e., Chichester. Foxe and other contemporary writers call the recently created diocese of Chester, West Chester.

¶ Fiue famished in Canterbury Castell by the vnmercifull tiranny of the Papistes about the beginnyng of Nouember. 
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Five Prisoners in Canterbury Castle

This account first appeared in the 1563 edition and remained unchanged in subsequent editions. It is based partly on the letter of these prisoners, which seems to have circulated in manuscript and apparently on official transcripts of the examinations of some of these prisoners.

MarginaliaB. Boner, Nicholas Harpsfield, D. Dunnyng, three sore persecutores.AS among all the Bishops, Boner Byshop of London principallie excelled in perscutyng the poore Members and Saints of Christ: so of al Archdeacons Nicholas Harpesfield Archedeacon of Canterbury (as may by mans sight appeare) was the sorest, and of least compassion (onely Dunnyng of Norwich excepted) by whose vnmercifull nature and agrest disposition verie manie were put to death in that Dioces of Canterbury, not onely in the bloudy time of that Queene, but some also in the blessed beginnyng of this our moste renowmed Queene that now is, as by the grace of Christe, hereafter shall appeare.

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MarginaliaPersecution in Kent.Of those that suffered in Queene Maries time with in the foresaid dioces of Canterbury, some be recited al ready, with the order and forme set doune of suche Articles as then were moste commonly ministred to the Examinates by Thornton, suffragne of Douer, and the said Nicholas Harpsefield and other, as before in the volume of this history may appeare pag. 1585. MarginaliaRead before gag. 1585.Now to proceede in the order and course of tyme where wee lefte, next followeth the moneth of Nouember.

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MarginaliaXv. Martyrs and Confessors together prisoned in Caternbury.In the beginnyng wherof wer together in the Castell of Canterburie. xv. godly and innocent Martyrs, of which number, not one escaped with their life, but either were burned, or els were famished in prison. Of the which two sortes, which is the easier death GOD knoweth: it is hard to iudge. Notwithstandyng, the truth is, that of these. xv. x. were burned and suffered in the fire, of whom in the next booke more shall followe hereafter, the Lorde willing. The other v. were pined and famished most vnmercifully in the straite prisõ, of whom wee haue here presently to entreate. Whose names wery these. MarginaliaFiue Cõfessors and Martyrs famished in prison.

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Iohn Clerke.
Dunston Chittenden. 
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This probably is the 'Chidderton' of Ashford who attended the conventicle of radical protestants held at Bocking, Essex, in December 1550 (APC III, p. 199). Foxe relates that a 'goodwife Chittendon' was driven out of her home in Kent during Mary's reign (1563, p. 1679).

W. Foster of Stone.
Alice Potkins wife, of
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Later Foxe would print a letter describing how Alice Potkin and a fellow prisoner, Alice Benden, subsisted in prison on a diet which cost two and a half pence for both of them (1570, p. 2168; 1576, p. ; 1583, p. 1981).

Iohn Archer of Cran-
broke, Weuer.

Which twoo were yet
These were con-
demned to bee

Of these fiue prisoners, the firste two were vncondemned, MarginaliaW. Foster, Alice Potkins, Iohn Archer, died after their condemnation.the other three last were cõdemned and should haue bene burned, but suffered no lesse tormentes then if they had abid the fire, beeyng macerat and pined to death by famine. What their articles and aunswers were, it nedeth not here to recite, seeing all they, in that tyme of Queene Mary, commonly suffered for one maner and sorte of cause, that is, for holding againste the vij. Sacramentes, 

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Phrases like this often indicate that Foxe was trying to conceal unorthodox (at least by his standards) opinions uttered by the Marian martyrs. Because the records of these trials have not survived, it is impossible to be sure, but it is suspicious that Foxe says nothing about the opinions of Clark and Chittenden.

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against the realtie of Christes beyng in his supper, for speakyng against the churche of Rome, and determinations of the same, against Images set vp and worshipped in the church, for not commyng to the church, and such other like. &c.

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MarginaliaW. Foster, Martyr. His aunswere to the articles.Firste, William Foster aunsweryng to these and like Articles, said, that he beleued well in all the Articles of the Crede: but to beleue to be mo sacramentes then two, and to pray to saintes either to profite vs, or to pray for soules in purgatory to profit them, that faith and workes do iustifie, or to allow the popish ceremonies in the Churche, that he denied. Moreouer he saide, to cary Candels vpon Candelmas daie were as

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