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. xxij. takē at Islingtō. xiij. burned. ij. dyed in prison. vii. escaped.

MarginaliaAnno. 1558. May. 26. MarginaliaIune.maiestie: in whose habitation they haue now theyr euerlasting tabernacles: his name therefore be praysed for euermore. Amen.

The sayd Christian Georges husbād, had an other wife burnt before thys Christian, whose name was Agnes George, which suffered (as you haue heard) with the thirten at Stratford the Bow. 

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See 1563, pp. 1523-27; 1570, pp. 2095-97; 1576, pp. 1807-09 and 1583, pp. 1914-16. Richard George was the husband of Christian George.

And after the death of the said Christian, he maried an honest Godly woman agayne: and so they both (I meane the sayd Richard George, and his last wyfe) in the ende were taken also, and layd in prison, where they remayned till the death of Quene Mary, MarginaliaRich. George and his wife prisoners, deliuered by Quen Elizabeth.and at the last were deliuered by our most gracious soueraigne Lady Quene Elizabeth, whom the Lord graunt long to raigne among vs, for his mercyes sake, Amen.

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¶ In the moneth of Iune came out a certaine Proclamation, short but sharpe, from the King and the Queene agaynst wholesome and godly bookes, which vnder the false title of heresie and sedition, here in the sayd Proclamation were wrongfully condemned.

¶ By the Kyng and Queene. 
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A Royal Proclamation against Heretical Books

This proclamation was printed in every edition of the Acts and Monuments. The signature of John Cawood, the queen's printer, at the bottom, indicates that the proclamation was printed from a printed copy, not a copy in one of the episcopal registers. [Hughes, P. L. and Larkin, J. F. (eds.), Tudor Royal Proclamations, II (New Haven: 1969), p. 90].

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MarginaliaA Proclamatiō by the Kyng & Queene.WHereas diuers bookes, filled both with heresie, sedition, and treason, haue of late, and be dayly brought into this Realme, out of forreine countreyes and places beyond the seas, & some also couertly printed within this Realme, and cast abroad in sundry partes therof, wherby not only God is dishonoured, but also an encouragemēt geuen to disobey lawfull princes and gouernours: The King and Queenes maiesties, for redresse hereof, doth by this their present Proclamation, declare and publishe to all their subiectes, that whosoeuer shall after the proclaming herof, be found to haue any of the sayd wicked & seditious bookes, or finding thē, do not forthwith burne the same, without shewing or reading the same to any other person, shall in that case be reputed and taken for a rebell, and shall without delay be executed for that offence according to the order of Martiall law.

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Geuen at our Manor of Saint Iameses, the sixt day of Iune.

Iohn Cawood Printer.

¶ The order and occasion of taking certaine godly men and women praying together in the fieldes about Islington, of whom 13. were cōdemned by Boner, & after suffered in the fire for the truthes sake, as in this storie here following maie appeare. 
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The Islington Congregation

This account of the Islington congregation and the seven members of it who were martyred first appeared in the 1563 edition, except for the short but detailed biography of Roger Holland which first appeared in the 1570 edition. This material was unchanged in subsequent editions.

MarginaliaIune 27. MarginaliaXXii. mē taken.
Xiii. Martyrs burned.
SEcretly in a backe close in the fielde by the Towne of Islington were collected and assembled together a certaine companie of Godly and innocent persons, to the number of fourty, men and women. Who there sitting together at prayer, and vertuously occupyed in the meditation of Gods holy word, first commeth a certaine man to them vnknowen: who looking ouer vnto them, so stayed and saluted them, saying that they looked like men that ment no hurte. Then one of the sayd companie asked the man, if he could tel whose close that was, and whether they might be so bolde there to sitte. Yea, sayd he, for that ye seme vnto me such persons as entende no harme, and so departed. Within a quarter of an houre after, cōmeth the Constable of Islingtō, named King, MarginaliaKing Constable of Islingtō. warded with sixe or seuen other, accompanying him in the same busines, one with a bowe, an other with a bil, and other with theyr weapons likewise. The whiche sixe or seuen persons the sayd Constable left a litle behynd hym in a close place, there to bee ready if neede should be while he with one with him should go & vieu them before. Who so doing, came through them, looking & veiwing what they were doing, & what bookes they had: and so going a litle forward, and returning backe againe, bad thē deliuer theyr bookes. They vnderstāding that he was Cōstable, refused not so to do. With that commeth forth the residue of his fellowes aboue touched, who bad them stand and not to depart. They answered againe, they would be obedient & ready to goe whether soeuer they would haue them: and so were they first caried to a bruehouse but a litle way of, while that some of the said souldiours ran to þe Iustice next at hād. But the Iustice was not at home: Wherupō they were had to sir Roger Cholmley. In þe mean time some of the women being of the same number of the aforesaid xl. persons, escaped away frō them, some

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in the close, some before they came to the bruehouse. For so they were caryed. x. with one man, 8. with an other, and with some moe, with some lesse, in such sort that it was not hard for them to escape that would. In fine, they that were caryed to Syr Roger Cholmley, were. 27. which MarginaliaSyr Roger Cholmley, and Recorder of London, persecutors.Syr Roger Cholmley & the Recorder taking theyr names in a bill, and calling them one by one, so many as aunswered to theyr names, they sent to Newgate. In the which number of them that aunswered, Marginalia22. sent to Newgate.and that were sent to Newgate, were. 22.

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These 22. were in the sayd prison of Newgate 7. weekes before they were examined, to whom word was sent by Alexander the keeper, that if they would heare a masse, they should all be deliuered. Of these fore said 22. were burned 13. in Smithfield 7. at Brayneford. vi.

MarginaliaConfessors.JN prison 2. dyed in Whitson weeke, the names of whom were Mathew Wythers, T. Tylar.

Seuen of them which remained, escaped with theyr liues hardly, although not without much trouble, yet (as God would) without burning. Whose names were these. MarginaliaPersecuted Christians.

Iohn Milles. 
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See 1563, pp. 1690-92; 1570, pp. 2243-44; 1576, pp. 1937-38 and 1583, pp. 2044-45.

Thomas Hinshaw. 
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See 1563, pp. 1691-92; 1570, pp. 2242-43; 1576, pp. 1937-38 and 1583, pp.2043-44.

R. Baily, wolpacker.
Robert Willeys.
T. Coast, haberdash.
Roger Sandey.

The first 7. were brought forth to examination before Boner, and so hauing theyr condemnation, were burnt (as is said( in Smithfield. The other 6. followed not long after, and suffred at Brayneford, wherof specially here followeth now in order of story to be seene.

¶ The examination, and condemnation of seuen godly and faithfull Martyrs of Christ, burnt in Smithfielde.

MarginaliaIune. 27. MarginaliaVii. Martyrs burned in Smithfield.COncerning the examination and condēnation of these aboue sayd, which were apprehended and taken at Islington, 7. first were produced before Boner the 14. of Iune, to make aunswere to such articles and interrogatories, as by þe sayd Byshop should bee ministred vnto them. The names of these seuen were: MarginaliaMartyrs.

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Henry Ponde.
Rainold Eastlande.
Robert Southam.
Mathew Ricarbye.
Iohn Floyd.
Iohn Holyday.
Roger Holland.

To these 7. constant and godly Martyrs produced before Boner, certaine articles were ministred in this effect as followeth.


Marginalia1. MarginaliaArticles by B. Boner ministred to the vii. Martyrs aforesayd.FIrst that ye being within the citie and dioces of London, haue not (according to the common custome of the catholicke church of this realme of Englād) come to your owne parish churche, not yet to the Cathedrall church of this citie and dioces of London, to heare deuoutly and christianly the Matins, the Masse, the Euensong, song or said there in the latin toung, after the common vsage and maner of the church of this realme.

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Marginalia2.Second, that ye haue not come to any of the sayd churches to pray, to go in procession, or to exercise your selues there in godly and laudable exercises.

Marginalia3.Third, ye haue not cōformed your selues duely to all the laudable customes, rytes, and ceremonyes of any the sayd churches.

Marginalia4.Fourth, ye haue not bene confessed at due times and places to your owne curate, of your sinnes.

Marginalia5.Fifth, ye haue not receaued at your said Curates hāds (as of the minister of Christ) absolution of your sinnes.

Marginalia6.Sixt, ye haue not at due tymes and places, of your Curate receaued reuerently and duely the sacrament of the altar.

Marginalia7.Seuenth, ye haue not faythfully and truely beleued that in the sayd sacrament of the altar there is really and truely the very body and bloud of Christ.

Marginalia8.Eight, ye haue not by your mouth, nor otherwise by your dede expressed or declared in any wise, that ye with out wauering or doubting do thinke and beleue, that the fayth and religion now obserued in the church of England, is a true fayth and religion in all pointes.

Marginalia9.Ninth, ye haue not made any signification, that ye doe in deede approue, or allow in any wise, the commō seruice in latine, here obserued and kept in the church of this realme of England.

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