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. Diuers deliuered by Gods prouidence. Elizabeth Young examined.

Marginalia1558.his disciples the night before he was betrayed, ministred according to his word, that sacrament I doo beleue.

The Deane. Howe doest thou beleue concernyng the bodye of Christe? where is his body, and howe many bodyes hath he?

Eliz. Syr, in heauen, he sitteth on the right hand of God.

The Deane. From whence came his humane body?

Eliz. He tooke it of the virgine Mary.

The Deane. That is fleshe, bloud, and bones, as myne is. But what shape hath his spirituall bodye? hath it face, handes, and feete?

Eliz. I know no other body that he hath, but that bodye wherof he ment when he said: This is my body whiche is geuen for you: and this is my bloud which shalbe shed for you. Whereby he plainly meaneth that body, and no other, whiche he tooke of the virgine Mary, hauyng the perfecte shape and proportion of a humane body.

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Doct. Story. Then said Story: MarginaliaStory. Ye haue a wise bodye, for ye must goe to the stake.

The Deane. Art thou cōtent to beleue in the faith of Christes Church? But to aske of thee what Christes Churche is, or where it is, I let it passe.

Eliz. Syr, to that church I haue ioyned my fayth, & from it I purpose neuer to turne, by Gods helpe.

The Deane. Wouldest thou not be at home with thy chyldren, with a good wyl?

Eliz. Syr, if it please God to geue me leaue.

The Deane. Art thou contente to confesse thy selfe to be an ignoraunt and a foolishe woman, and to beleue as our holy Father the Pope of Rome doth, MarginaliaThe beliefe of the Papistes followeth the multitude. and as the Lorde Cardinalles grace doth, & as my Lord the Byshop of Lōdon thine Ordinary doth, and as the kynges grace and the Queenes grace, and all the Nobilitie of England doo: yea, and the Emperours grace, and all the noble Princes in Christendome?

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Eliz. Syr, I was neuer wise, but in fewe wordes I shall make you a briefe aunsweare howe I doo beleue. MarginaliaTrue beliefe dependeth not vpō men, but vpon the rule of Gods word.I doo beleue all thynges that are written in the Scriptures, geuen by the holy Ghost vnto the church of Christe, set forth and taught by the church of Christ. Hereon I ground my faith, and on no man.

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Then said Story: and who shalbe Iudge?

Eliz. Syr, the scripture?

D. Story. And who shal reade it?

Eliz. He vnto whom GOD haue geuen the vnderstandyng.

Bish. Woman, be reformable, for I would thou were gone, and M. Deane here hath earnestly sued for thee.

Deane. Woman, I haue sued for thee in deede, and I promise thee, if thou wylt be refourmable, my Lord wyl be good vnto thee.

Eliz. I haue bene before my Lorde Bishop, and before Maister Chauncellour three tymes, and haue declared my fayth.

Deane. And yet I know that maister Chancelor wyll say, that thou art a ranke heretike.

D. Story. Away with her.

Bish. Maister Deane, ye knowe that I may not tary, nor you neither. MarginaliaElizabeth Young committed to the Deane.Let her keeper bryng her home to your owne chamber, soone at foure a clocke at afternoone, and if that ye finde her reasonable, then let her goe, for I would that shee were gone.

Then said the Deane, with a good wyll, my Lord: and so shee was sent vnto the place from whence shee came, vntyl it was foure of the clocke at afternoone.

¶ The ninth examination before the Deane, before whom it pleased God to deliuer her.

MarginaliaThe ninth examination of Elizabeth Young.WHen it was foure of þe clocke at afternoone as the houre was appoynted, and the Deane was set, he asked her: Art thou a foole now, as thou wast to day?

Eliz. Syr, I haue learned but smal wisedome since.

Deane. Doest thou thinke that I am better learned then thou?

Eliz. Yes sir, that I doo.

Deane. Thinkest thou that I can doo thee good?

Eliz. Yea sir, and if it please God that ye wyl.

Deane. Then I wyll doo thee good in deede. MarginaliaTalke betwene the Deane and Elizabeth Young about receauing the Sacrament.What doest thou receyue when thou receyuest the Sacrament whiche Christ leaft among his Disciples the nyght before he was betrayed?

Eliz. Syr, that that his Disciples dyd receyue.

Deane. What dyd they receyue

Eliz. Syr, that that Christ gaue them, they receyued.

Deane. What aunsweare is this? was Christe there present?

Eliz. Syr, he was there present, for he instituted his

owne sacrament.

Deane. He tooke bread, and he brake it, and gaue it to his disciples, and sayd: Take, eate, this is my body which shall be broken for you. When thou receiuest it, doost thou beleue that thou receyuest his body?

Eliz. Syr, when I receiue, I beleue that through faith I doo receiue Christ.

Deane. Doost thou beleue that Christ is there?

Eliz. Syr, MarginaliaChrist not absent from his Sacramentes.I beleue that he is there, to me, and by fayth I doo receiue hym.

Deane. He also tooke the cup and gaue thankes, and gaue it to his Disciples, and said: Drinke ye al hereof. This is the cup of the new Testament in my bloud, whiche is shed for many for the remission of sinnes. When thou doost receiue it after the institution that Christ ordeined among his disciples the night before he was betraied, doost thou beleue that Christ is there?

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Eliz. Syr, by faith I beleue that he is there, and by fayth I doo beleue that I doo receiue hym.

Deane. Now thou hast answered me. Remēber that thou sayest, that when thou doost receiue accordyng to the institution of Christ, thou doost receiue Christ.

Eliz. Syr, I beleue Christ not to be absent from his own sacrament.

Deane. How long wylt thou continue in that beliefe?

Eliz. Syr, as long as I doo lyue, by the helpe of God: for it is, and hath bene my beliefe.

Deane. Wylt thou say this before my Lord?

Eliz. Yea sir.

Deane. Then I dare deliuer thee. Why, thou calfe, why wouldest thou not say so to day?

Eliz. Syr, ye asked me no such question.

Deane. Then ye would stand in disputatiō how many bodyes Christ had.

Eliz. Syr, in deede that question ye dyd aske me.

Deane. Who shall be thy suretyes that thou wylt appeare before my Lorde of London and me vppon Fryday next?

Eliz. Syr, I haue no sureties, nor knowe not where to haue.

MarginaliaTwo women sureties for Elizabeth Young.Then spake the Deane vnto two women that stoode there, who had earnestly sued for her, saying: women, wyll ye be her sureties þt shee shal appere before my lord of London and me vpon Fryday next?

The women. Yea, sir, and it please you.

Deane. Take heede that I finde you no more a brabler in the scripture.

Eliz. Syr I am no brabler in the scripture, nor yet any mā can burthern me therwith.

Deane. Yes, I haue hearde of you well enough what ye are.

Then sayde he to the two women: what if a man should touche your conscience, doo ye not smell a litle of heresie also?

The women. No sir.

Deane. Yes a litle of the frying pan, or els wherfore haue ye twayne so earnestly sued for her?

The one woman answeared: because that her chyldren were like to perish, and therfore God put me in mynd to sue for her.

Then saide the other woman: And I gate her chyld a Nourse, and I am threatned to stand to the keepyng of her chylde, and therfore it standeth me in hand for to sue to haue her out.

Deane. Woman, geue thankes vnto these honest women, who haue so earnestly sued for thee: MarginaliaElizabeth Young vpon suretyes deliuered. and I promise thee so haue I. These great heretikes wyl receyue nothyng but in spirite and fayth: and so he rose and departed.

Eliz. Syr, God be praysed, & I thanke you for your goodnes, and theirs also, and so he went away: and vpon the fryday next, because shee was acrased, her two sureties went thyther, and were discharged.

¶; Elizabeth Lawson. 
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Copies of the sentence condemning Elizabeth Lawson survive in Foxe's papers as BL, Harley MS 421, fos. 164r-165r and 177r-178v.

MarginaliaElizabeth Lawson, Confessour.IN the towne of Bedfield and in the Countie of Suffolk, was dwellyng a godly ancient matrone named Elizabeth Lawson, about the age of. lx. yeares. This Elizabeth was apprehended as an heretike, by the Constables of the same towne named MarginaliaRobert Kitrich, Tho. Elas, persecutors.Robert Kitrich, and Thomas Elas, in the yere of our Lord. 1556. because shee would not go to church to heare Masse, and receyue the sacrament, and beleue in it. First they layd her in a Dungeon, and after that shee was carryed vnto Norwich, and from thence to Burye Gayle, where at last shee was condemned to be burnt. In the meane time MarginaliaSyr Iohn Sylliarde Shrieffe.sir Iohn Sylliard had her home vnto his house, he being high Sheriffe that yeare, where shee was hardly kept and wrapped in yrons, tyll at length when they by no

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