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. Persecution in Norffolke. Cicelie Ormes, Martyr.

MarginaliaAnno. 1557. September.Iohn Iaruis should be set in the stockes þe next market day, and whipt about the market naked. But hys Master one William Iaruis did after craue frēdship of the Constables, & they did not set him in the stockes till the Sonday morning, & in the afternoone they did whippe him about the market with a dog whippe hauing three cordes, and so they let him goe.

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¶ The copy of a certaine letter that he sent to comfort his wife at such tyme as he lay in prison.

MarginaliaA letter of Ihō Noyes to his wife.VVIfe, you desired me that I would send you some tokens that you might remember me. As I dyd read in the new Testament, I thought it good to write vnto you certaine places of the Scripture for a remembraunce. S. Peter sayth: Dearely beloued, bee not troubled with this heate that is nowe come among you to trye you, Marginaliaj. Pet. though some straunge thing had happened vnto you, but reioyce in somuch as ye are partakers of Christes suffringes, that when his glory appeareth ye may be mery and glad. If ye be rayled on for the name of Christ, happy are ye, for the spirite of glory, and the spirite of God resteth vpon you.

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Marginaliaj. Peter. iij.It is better if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doyng then for euill doyng.

Marginaliaj. Pet. iiij.See that none of your suffer as a murtherer, or as a theefe, or an euill doer, or as a busy body in other mens matters: but if any man suffer as a Christiā man, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorifie God in this behalfe: for the time is come that iudgement must begin at the house of God. If it first beginne at vs, what shall the end of them be that beleue not the Gospell of God? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit their soules to him in well doing.

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S. Paule sayth: Marginaliaij. Timo. iij.All that will liue godly in Christ Iesu must suffer persecution.

S. Iohn sayth: Marginaliaj. Iohn. ij.See that ye loue not the world, neither the thinges that are in the world.

If any man loue the world, the loue of the father is not in him. For all that is in the world, as the luste of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the father, but is of the world, which vanisheth away & the lust thereof, but hee that fulfilleth the will of God abideth for euer.

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S. Paule sayth: MarginaliaColoss. iij.If ye be risen agayne with Christ, seeke those thinges which are aboue, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on thinges that are aboue, and not on thinges which are on the earth.

Our Sauiour Christ sayth: MarginaliaMath. xviij.Who so euer shall offend one of these litle ones that beleue in me, it were better for him that a milstone were hanged about his necke, & that he were cast into the sea.

The Prophet Dauid sayth: MarginaliaPsal. xxxiiij.Great are the troubles of the righteous, but the Lord deliuereth them out of all.

Feare the Lord ye hys saintes, for they that feare him, lacke nothing.

When the righteous cry, the Lord heareth them, and deliuereth them out of all their troubles: But misfortune shal slay the vngodly and they that hate the righteous shall perishe.

Heare oh my people. I assure thee, O Israell, if thou wilt harken vnto me, there shall no straunge God be in the, neither shalt thou worship any other God. Oh that my people would obey me, for if Israell would walke in my wayes, I should soone put downe their enemies and turne my hand agaynst their aduersaries.

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Our Sauiour Christ sayth: The Disciple is not aboue his maister, nor yet the seruaunte aboue his Lorde. It is enough for the Disciple to be as his maister is, and that the seruaunt bee as his Lorde is. If they haue called the master of the house Belsebub, how much more shal they call them of his houshold so: feare not them therefore.

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S. Paule sayth: Marginaliaii. Cor. vi.Set your selues therefore at large, and beare not a straūgers yoke with the vnbeleuers: for fellowship hath righteousnes with vnrighteousnes? what company hath light with darckenes: eyther what part hath the beleuer with the Infidell? &c. Wherefore come out from among them, & separate your selues now, sayth the Lord, & touch none vncleane thing: so will I receiue you: And I will be a father vnto you, and ye shalbe my sonnes and daughters, sayth the Lord almightie.

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Marginaliai. Cor. ii.For neither eye hath seene, nor the eare hath heard, neyther can it enter into the hart of mā, what good thinges the Lord hath prepared for them that loue him.

Marginaliai. Pet. i.Ye are not bought neither with siluer nor golde, but with the precious bloud of Christ.

MarginaliaActes. iiii.There is none other name geuen to men, wherein we must be saued.

So fare ye wel wife and children, and leaue worldly care, and see that ye be diligent to pray.

MarginaliaMath. vi.Take no thought (sayth Christ) saiyng what shall we eate or what shall we drinke, or wherewith shall we be clothed: (for after all these thinges seeke the Gentils) for your heauenly father knoweth that ye haue neede of all these thinges: but seeke ye first the kingdome of heauen, and the righteousnes thereof. And all these things shalbe ministred vnto you.

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¶ The Martyrdome and suffering of Cicelie Ormes, burnt at Norwich for the testimonie and witnes of Christes Gospell. 
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Cicely Ormes

This entire account first appears in the 1563 edition and it was based entirely on testimony from an individual informant or informants. It was unchanged in subsequent editions.

MarginaliaSeptember. 23. MarginaliaCicelie Ormes, Martyr.ABout the xxiij. day of the sayd moneth of September, next after the other aboue mencioned, suffered at Norwich Cicelie Ormes, wife of Edmund Ormes worstedweuer, dwelling in S. Laurēce parish in Norwich. She being of the age of xxxij. yeares or more, was taken at the death of Simon Miller and Elizabeth Cooper aboue mencioned, in a place called Lollardes pit without Bishops gate, at the said Norwich, for that she said she would pledge them of the same cup that they dranke on. MarginaliaM. Corbet of Sprowson, persecutour.For so saying, one maister Corbet of Sprowson by Norwich, tooke her and sent her to the Chauncellor. MarginaliaThe Chauncellors name was Dunnyng. When she came before him, he asked her, what she said to the Sacrament of Christes body. And she sayd, she did beleue, that it was the Sacrament of the body of Christ. Yea sayd the Chauncellor? but what is that that the priest holdeth ouer his head? she aunswered him and said, it is bread: & if ye make it any better, it is worse. At whiche wordes the Chauncellor sent her to the bishops prison to the keeper called Fellow, with many threatning & hote wordes, as a man being in a great chafe.

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The xxiij. day of Iulye she was called before the Chauncellor agayne, who sat in iudgement with Master Brigges and others. The Chauncellor offred her if she would goe to the church and keepe her toung, she should be at libertie, and beleue as she would. But she tolde him she would not consent to his wicked desire therein, doe with her what he would: for if she should, she said God would surely plague her. Then þe Chaūcellor told her, he had shewed more fauour to her, then euer he did to any, and that he was loth to condemne her, considering that she was an ignorant, vnlearned, and foolish woman. But she not weying hys wordes, tolde him if he did, he should not be so desirous of her sinfull flesh, as she would (by Gods grace) be content to giue it in so good a quarrell. Then rose he and red the bloudy sentence of cōdemnation against her, 

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The sentence condemning Ormes, dated 23 July 1557, survives among Foxe's papers (BL, Harley MS 421, fos. 152r-153r).

and so deliuered her to the secular power the Sheriffes of the Citie, Maister Thomas Sutherton, and maister Leonard Sutherton brethren, who immediatly caryed her to the Gildhall in Norwiche, where she remayned vntill her death.

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This Cicelie Ormes was a very simple woman, but yet zelous in þe Lordes cause, being borne in East Deram, and was there the daughter of one Thomas Hawnd, Tailor. She was taken the v. day of Iuly, & did for a twelue moneth before she was taken, recant, but neuer after was she quiete in conscience, vntill she was vtterly driuen frō all their Popery. MarginaliaBrigges a Popish persecutor. MarginaliaCicelie Ormes first recanted.Betwene the time she recanted, and that she was taken, she had gotten a letter made, to geue to the Chauncellour, MarginaliaCicelie Ormes repenteth her let hym know that she repented her recantation from the bottome of her hart, and would neuer do þe like againe while she liued. But before she exhibited her bill, she was taken & sent to prison, as is before said. She was burnt the 23. day of September, betwene vij. and viij. of the clocke in the morning, the sayd twoo Sheriffes beyng there, and of people to the number of 200. Whē she came to the stake, she kneled downe and made her prayers to God. That being done, she rose vp, & sayd: good people, I beleue in God the father, God þe sonne, and God the holy ghost, three persons and one God. This do I not, nor will I recant, but I recant vtterly from the bottome of my hart, the doinges of the Pope of Rome, and all his popish priestes and shauelinges. I vtterly refuse, and neuer will haue to do with them again by Gods grace. And good people, I would you should not thinke of me, that I beleue to be saued in

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