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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Quene Mary. The scourgyng of Thomas Hinshaw, and Iohn Milles.
MarginaliaAnno. 1556. Iuly.¶ Ex epigrammate Ennij apud Ciceronem allusio. 
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This epigram was added in the 1583 edition.

Si fas cadendo cœlestia scandere cuiquam est,
Bonnero cœli maxima perta patet.

¶ In effigiem Boneri, carmen.

QVæ noua forma viri, quid virga, quid ora, quid aluus,
Pondera quid ventris, crassitiesq̀ue velit?
Corpus amaxæum, distento abdomine pigrum
Rides, anne stupes lector amice, magis?
Vasta quid ista velint, si nescis pondera, dicam.
Nam nihil hic mirum venter obesus habet.
Carnibus humanis & sanguine vescitur atro,
Ducentos annis hauserat ille tribus.
Ergo quid hoc monstri est, recto vis nomine dicam?
Nomen nec patris, nec gerit ille matris.
Qui patre Sauago natus, 

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This is an allusion to the widespread story that Bonner was the illegitimate child of a priest named Savage.

falsoque Bonerus
Dicitur, hunc melius dixeris Orbilium.

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¶ The same in Englishe. 
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Note that this translation does not translate the final three lines of the Latin version, which denounced Bonner's alleged illegitimate birth.

MVse not so much, that natures worke
is thus deformed now,
With belly blowen, and head so swolne,
for I shall tell you how:
This Canniball in three yeares space
three hundreth Martyrs slew:
They were his foode, he loued so bloud,
he spared none he knew.

It should appeare that bloud feedes fat,
if men lye well and soft:
For Boners belly waxt with bloud,
though he semde to fast oft.
O bloudy beast, bewaile the death,
of those that thou hast slayne:
In tyme repent, since thou canst not
theyr liues restore againe.

G. G.

¶ In Bonerum.

CArnificis nomen debetur iure Bonero,
Quo sine Christicolas crimine mactat oues.
Certe carnificis immitis nomine gaudet,
Siq̀ isto peius nomine nomen, amat,
Carnificem vocitas? ridet. crudelia facta
Narras? rem gratam non facis ipse magis.
Det Deus vt sapias meliora Bonere, vel istis
Te feriant meritis munera digna precor.

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¶ The scourgyng of Thomas Hinshaw. 
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The Scourging of Thomas Hinshaw

This account first appeared in the 1563 edition and was unchanged in subsequent editions. The account came from an individual informant, possibly Hinshaw himself.

MarginaliaThe story of Thomas Hinshaw.IN the Godly number aboue mentioned, which were apprehended at Islington, there congregated together for their exercise of Praier and readyng, was this Thomas Hinshaw aboue named, a young man of the age of xix. or xx. yeares, Prentise in Paules churchyard with one Master Pugson. 

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Passages here describing the arrest of other apprentices along with Hinshaw were deleted from the 1570 edition.

Who with the rest, was caried to the Constables of Islington, and there euery one of them searched, and led forthwith to the chiefe Iustice M. Cholmley, MarginaliaMaster Cholmley iustice. dwellyng in the old Baily in London, and by hym then the said Tho. Hinshaw was sent to Newgate, and there remainyng prisoner without conference with any about eight weekes, MarginaliaBoner, Harpsfield, and the last was sent for to Boner B. of London, and by hym, Harpsfield and Cole examined. After whiche examination, he was sent to Newgate again, where he remained a three wekes followyng. Which time being ouer passed, he was sent for againe before the said byshop, the day beyng Saterday, and with hym had much talke to litle purpose. The next day after also, whiche was Sonday, they perswaded with him very much in like maner, and perceauyng they could not bend hym vnto their bowe, in the afternoone, the Bishop goyng vnto Fulham, tooke hym with him: where immediatly after his commyng, MarginaliaHinshaw caried to Fulham and there set in the stockes with bread and water.he was set in the Stockes, remayning there all the first night with bread and water.

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The next mornyng the Bishop came and examined him himselfe, and perceauing no yeldyng to his minde, he sent M. Harpsfield to talke with him: who after lōg talke, in the end fell to raging wordes, calling the sayd Thomas Hinshaw peuish boy, and asked hym whether he thought he went about to damne his soule, or no. &c. Vnto which the said Thomas aunswered, that he was perswaded that they laboured to maintain their darke and deuilish kingdome, and not for any loue to truth. Then Harpsfield beyng in a mightie rage, told the Bishop therof. Wherat the bishop fumed and fretted that,

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scant for anger being able to speake, hee saide: Doest thou answere my Archdeacon so, thou naughty boy I shall handle thee well inough, be assured: so he sent for a couple of roddes, and caused hym to kneele against a long bench in an arbour in his garden, where the said Thomas without any enforcement of his part, offered himselfe to the beatyng, and did abide the fury of the said Boner, MarginaliaHinshaw beaten with roddes. The boy was beholdyng to Bish. Boners grand long as the fat panched Bishop could endure with breath, and till for wearines he was fayne to cease, and geue place to his shameful act. He had two Willow Rods, but he wasted but one, and so left of.

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Now, after this scourgyng, the saide Tho. Hinshaw notwithstandyng did susteine diuers cōflictes and examinations sundry tymes. At last beyng brought before the said Bishop in his chapell at Fulham, there he had procured witnesses and gathered articles against him, which the young man denied, and would not affirme, or consent to any interrogatory there and then ministred, do what they could.

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The Articles were these

MarginaliaArticles obiected.COncernyng Palmes, Ashes, Holy bread, Holy water, Auricular Confession, receauyng the Sacrament at Easter, hearyng diuine seruice then set forth. &c.

Whether he had receiued al thse, or whether he would receaue them or no.

Item, what he thought of the seruice set forth in Kyng Edwardes time, in his latter dayes, and in especiall, what he thought of the verity of Christes body in the sacramēt.

In which all his aunsweres, the said Thomas Hinshaw kept an vpright conscience, and entangled himselfe with none of their ceremonyes: so mercifull was the Lord vnto hym.

Not long after this his examination, about a fortnight or such a thing, the foresaid examinate fell sicke of a burnyng ague, MarginaliaThomas Hinshaw deliuered to master Pugson his master.wherby he was deliuered vpon entreatie, vnto his Master Martin Pugson in Paules Churchyard aforesaid: for the Bishop thought verely, he was more like to dye then to liue. The whiche his sicknes endured a tweluemonth or more, so that in the meane time, Queene Mary dyed. Then he shortly after recouered health, and escaped death, being at the writyng of this yet aliue, both witnes and reporter of the same, the Lord therefore be praysed, Amen.

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The scourgyng of Iohn Milles by B. Boner. 
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The Scourging of John Mills

This account first apppeared in the 1563 edition and it remained fundamentally unchanged in subsequent editions. This account is based on testimony from an individual informant or informants.

MarginaliaThe story of Iohn Milles Capper.BEsides the aboue named was scourged also by the handes of the said bishop one Iohn Milles a Capper, a right faithful and true honest man in all his dealinges and conditions. 

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This passage identifying Mills as a capper was added in the 1570 edition.

Who was brother to the foresaid Robert Milles, burned before at Brainford, as is aboue signified. pag. 1936.  
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See 1563, pp. 1669-70; 1570, pp. .

Who also was apprehended in the same number with them at Islington, as is mentioned also before. Pag. 1930. and beyng brought before Boner, and there examined, was commaunded to the Colehouse, MarginaliaIohn Milles with Thomas Hinshaw layd in the stockes at Fulham.with the foresaid Thomas Hinshaw, where they remained one night in the Stockes. From thence he was had to Fulham, where he with the sayd Hinshaw, remayned viij. or x. daies in the stockes: during which time he susteined diuers conflictes with the said Boner, who had hym oft tymes in Examination, vrging him, and with a sticke which he had in his hand, ofttimes rapping him on the head, and flirting him vnder the chin, and on the eares, saiyng he looked doune like a theefe. Moreouer, after he had assayed all maner of waies to cause him to recāt and could not, at length, hauing him to his Orchard, there within a litle herbar, with his owne handes beat him, first with a Willowe rod, and that being worne well nigh to the stumpes, he called for a burchen rod, which a lad brought out of his chamber. The cause why he so beat him, was this: Boner asked him when he had crept to the Crosse. He answered, not since hee came to the yeares of discretion, neither would to be torne with wild horses. Then Boner bad hym make a Crosse in his forehead, whiche hee refused to doe. Whereupon he had hym incontinently to his Orchard, and there callyng for roddes, sheweth his crueltie vpon hym, MarginaliaHinshaw and Milles beaten of he did vppon Thomas Hinsaw, as is aboue declared.

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This doone, he had hym immediatly to the parishe church of Fulham, with the sayd Thomas Hinshawe, and with Robert Willis, to whom, there beeyng seuerally called before hym, he ministred certaine Articles, asking if they woulde subscribe to the same. To the which the said Iohn Milles made his aunswere accordyng to his conscience, MarginaliaIhō Milles denieth to subscribe to B. Boners Articles.deniyng them all, except one article, whiche was concernyng kyng Edwardes seruice

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