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. The Miraculously Preserved68. William Living69. Edward Grew70. William Browne71. Elizabeth Young72. Elizabeth Lawson73. Christenmas and Wattes74. John Glover75. Dabney76. Alexander Wimshurst77. Bosom's wife78. Lady Knevet79. Mistress Roberts80. Anne Lacy81. Crosman's wife82. Congregation at Stoke in Suffolk83. Congregation of London84. Edward Benet85. Jeffrey Hurst86. William Wood87. Simon Grinaeus88. The Duchess of Suffolk89. Thomas Horton 90. Thomas Sprat91. John Cornet92. Thomas Bryce93. Gertrude Crockhey94. William Mauldon95. Robert Horneby96. Mistress Sandes97. John Kempe98. Thomas Rose99. Complaint against the Ipswich Gospellers100. Tome 6 Life and Preservation of the Lady Elizabeth101. The Unprosperous Queen Mary102. Punishments of Persecutors103. Foreign Examples104. A Letter to Henry II of France105. The Death of Henry II and others106. Justice Nine-Holes107. John Whiteman108. Admonition to the Reader109. Hales' Oration110. Cautions to the Reader111. Snel112. Laremouth113. William Hunter's Letter
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Q. Mary. The burning of Rose Allins hand, by Edmund Tyrrell.

Marginalia1557. August.mother: & as she came backe agayn through the house, Tyrrell met her, & willed to geue her father & mother good counsell, and to aduertise them to be better Catholicke people.

MarginaliaTalke betwene Edmund Tyrrell and Rose Allin.Rose. Syr, they haue a better instructour then I. For the holy Ghost doth teach them I hope, which I trust will not suffer them to erre.

Tirrell. Why sayd Maister Tyrrell, art thou still in that mynde, thou naughty houswife? Mary it is tyme to looke v-

pon such heretickes in deede.

Rose. Syr, with that which you call heresie, do I worship my Lord God, I tell you trouth.

Tirrell. Then I perceiue you will burne, gossyp, with the rest, for companies sake.

Rose. No Syr, not for companies sake, but for my Christes sake, if so I be compelled, and I hope in his mercies, if he call me to it, he will enhable me to beare it.

¶ The burnyng of Rose Allins hand, by Edmund Tyrrell, as she was goyng to fetch drinke for her mother, lying sicke in her bed.
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As the Marian persecution reaches its peak, Bishop Bonner, Foxe's arch-villain, receives an increasing coverage of pictorial denigration and caricature. Readers learned how to recognize his features, as well as his grotesque activities. This event is a close parallel to the earlier burning of Tomkins' hand, carried out by Bonner himself. The actor here is Thomas Tyrrell, presented as a man of murderous bloodline. He holds the sufferer's hand in the candle flame - just as Bonner had held Tomkins' - till the household could hear the sinews crack. The girl triumphantly endures, though she might have attacked her torturer with the pitcher of water her bedridden mother is waiting for. The inset scene of three martyrs praying in flames makes visually explicit the obvious links between two sorts of trial by fire, and Foxe's text returns to his earlier parallel in Livy of King Porsena and the burning of M. Scaevola's hand, and gives yet another example of Bonner's hand burning.

Tirrell. So he turnyng to his company, sayd? Sirs this gossip wil burne: do ye not thinke it? Mary Sir, quoth one, proue her, and you shall see what she will do by and by.

Then that cruell Tyrrell takyng the candell from her, MarginaliaTyrrell burneth Rose Allins handheld her wriest, and the burnyng candell vnder her hand, burnyng crosse wise ouer the backe thereof, so long till the very sinnowes crackt asunder. Witnes hereof Williā Kandler then dwellyng in Muchbently, whiche was there present and sawe it. Also Mistres Bright of Romford, with Anne Starky her mayde, to whom Rose Allin both declared the same, 

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These are clearly Foxe's informants for this story.

and the sayd Mistres Bright also ministred salue for the curyng therof, as she lay in her house at Romford goyng vp towardes London with other prisoners.

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In which tyme of his tyranny, he sayd often to her: why whore, wilt thou not cry? Thou young whore, wilt thou not cry? &c. Vnto whiche alwayes she aunswered, that she had no cause, she thanked GOD, but rather to reioyce. He had, she sayd, more cause to weepe then she, if he considered the matter well. In the ende, when the sinnowes (as I sayd) brake that all the house heard them, he then thrust her from him violently and sayd: ha strong whore, thou shamelesse beast, thou beastly whore. &c. with such like vile words. MarginaliaThe pacience of the faythfull.But she quietly suffering his rage for the tyme, at the last, sayd: Sir, haue ye done what ye will do? And he sayd, yea, and if thou thinke it be not well, then mend it.

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Rose. Mend it? nay, the Lord mend you, and giue you repentaunce, if it be his will. And now if ye thinke it good, begin at the feete, and burne to the head also. MarginaliaThe deuill payeth the persecutors their wages.For hee that set you a woorke, shall pay you your wages one day I warrant you: & so she went and caried her mother drinke as she was commaunded. Furthermore, after the searchyng of the house for more company, at the last they founde one Iohn

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Thurston and Margarete his wife there also, whom they caried with the rest to Colchester Castell immediatly.

And this sayd Rose Allin beyng prisoner, told a frend of hers this cruell act of the sayd Tirrell, and shewyng him the maner thereof, she sayd: MarginaliaShee reuengeth not euill for euill.while my one hand (quoth she) was a burnyng, I hauing a pot in my other hand, might haue layd him on the face with it, if I had would: for no mā held my hand to let me therein. But I thanke God (quoth she) with all my hart, I did it not.

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Also beyng asked of an other how she could abyde the paynefull burnyng of her hand, she sayd, at first it was some grief to her, but afterward, the longer she burned the lesse she felt, or well neare none at all.

And because Maister Tirrell shall not goe alone 

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This disgression into the story of Valentine Dingley was added in the 1570 edition.

in this kynde of crueltie, you shall heare an other like example of a blynd Harpers hand burnt by Byshoppe Boner, as is testified by the relation of Valentine Dyngley sometyme Gentleman to the sayd Byshop: who declared before credible witnesse, as followeth: how the sayd Byshop Boner hauyng this blynd Harper before him, spake thus vnto him: that such blynd abiectes whiche followe a sorte of hereticall Preachers, when they come to the feelyng of the fire, will be the first that will flye from it.

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To whom the blynd mā sayd: that if euery ioynt of him were burnt, yet he trusted in the Lord not to flye. Then Boner signifying priuilie to certaine of his men about him what they should do, they brought to him a burnyng coale. Whiche coale beyng put into the poore mans hand, they closed it fast agayne, and so was his hand pitiously burned. Amongest the doers wherof was the sayd Maister Valentin Dyngley, witnes and reporter hereof, as is afore declared.

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We read in the story of Titus Liuius of king Porsenna:

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