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. M. Diuers saued by Gods prouidence frō burning in Q. Maries time.

MarginaliaAnno. 1558.Roberts, yet liuing and dwelling (as I vnderstand) in the towne of Haukhurst in Sussex. MarginaliaThe Miraculous deliueraunce of Mistres Roberts. 

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The Sussex martyr Richard Woodman wrote a letter to Mrs Roberts.

MarginaliaThis Gentlewoman was a great succourer of the persecuted that came to her house, and specially of good Woodmā, whom ye heard of before, and to whom he wrote a letter, pag. 1893.She being earnestly addicted to the truth of Christes Gospel, and no lesse constant in that whiche she had learned therein, so kept her self during al the brunt of Q. Maries time, that she neuer came to their Popish seruice, nor would pollute her conscience with hearyng their Idolatrous Masse. There dwelt the same tyme not far of, a Iustice called Syr Iohn Gilford, MarginaliaSyr Ion Gilford a troubler of Mistres Roberts. who beyng as feruent on the contrary side, to set forwarde the procedinges of Queene Mary, thought to proue masteries with this gentlewoman, in forcyng her to the Churche. And first sendyng his wife, he attempted her by faire words & gentle persuasions, to conforme her self to the princes lawes, and to come as other Christen people did, to the Church. Notwithstanding she constantly persisting in the sinceritie of the truth, would by no persuasions be wonne to do therin against her conscience: and so kept at home a certeine space, till againe the second tyme, M. Gilforde thinking not to geue her ouer so, sent his officers & seruauntes to her, by force and power to hale her out of her house to the Church, and so did. Where by the way she for griefe of conscience swounded, and so of necessitie was brought home again: and falling into an ague, was for that tyme dispensed withall.

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The third tyme yet the vnquiet spirite of M. Gilford beyng not content, after the tyme that she recouered health againe, would nedes come his owne person to compell her, wild she nild she, to come to Church. But (as the Prouerbe goeth) who can let, that GOD would haue done? MarginaliaSyr Iohn Gilford stopped of his purpose, by gods working.For when M. Gilford had purposed as pleased him, the Lord so disposed for his seruaūt that as the said M. Gilford was cōming vp the staires toward her chamber, sodeinly his old disease the goute so tooke him & terribly tormented him, that he could go no farther: And so he that purposed to cary her to the Church against her will, was fayne him selfe to be caried home to his house to his payne, protestyng and swearyng that he would neuer from hence forth trouble that Gentleman more, and no more he did.

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¶ Mistres Anne Lacy.

MarginaliaMistres Anne Lacy.IN this number of good gētlewomen beyng in trouble and daunger for Gods word, is not to bee omitted the memory of one Mistres Anne Lacy widow in Nottingham shyre, who was in great daunger in Q. Maries tyme, in so muche that the Processe was forth against her, and she ready to haue bene apprehended, beyng so neerely pursued, that she was driuen to hide her Bible and other bookes in a dunghill. M. Lacy her brother was then Iustice of peace: but to whom (as I haue heard) she was but smally beholden. Neuertheles where kindred faileth, yet Gods grace neuer faileth such as sticke to hym: for in this meane tyme, as the processe came out against her, Queene Mary dyed, and so she escaped.

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¶ Crosmans wife.

MarginaliaCrosmans wife.ONe Crosmans wife of Tibnam longrow in Norffolke, in Q. Maries tyme, for not goyng to Church, was sought for at her house by one Barbour MarginaliaBarbour of Tibnam Constable, persecutour. of the sayd towne, then Constable of the hundreth: who when hee came to her house, she beyng at home with a child suckyng in her armes, stept into a corner on the one side of the chimney & they seeking the chābers, the child neuer cried (although before they came, it did) as long as they were there, MarginaliaExample of Gods gratious prouidence.& so by this meanes the Lord preserued her.

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¶ The congregation at Stoke in Suffolke. 
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This account was first printed in Rerum, pp. 636-37.

MarginaliaThe story of a congregation at Stoke in Suffolke.THere were some likewise whiche auoyded the violent rage of the aduersaries by meanes onely of their number, and mutuall concord in godlines, wherin they did so hold together that without much adoe none wel could be troubled: Wherof we haue example in a certayne towne of Suffolke called Stoke. After the three sharpe yeares of Q. Maries persecution beeyng paste, yet notwithstandyng the inhabitauntes of the towne aforesaid specially the women, came not to their church to receaue after the Popishe maner, the Sacrament. Who, if thei had bene but few, thei could by no means haue escaped imprisonment. But because there were so many, the Papistes thought it not best to lay hands vpon them. Onely they appointed them xvi. dayes respite after Easter, wherein as many as would, should receaue the Sacrament: those that would not, should stand to the perill that would follow. Of this company

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which were many, geuyng their handes together, the chiefest doers were these. MarginaliaConfessors.

Eaue, an old woman of three
score yeares.
Alice Coker her daughter.
Elizabeth Foxe.
Agnes Cuttyng.
Alice Spenser.
Henry Cauker.
Ioane Fouke.
Agnes Spauldyng.
Iohn Steyre, and
his brother.
Iohn Foxe.

These, after the order was taken for their not commyng to the Churche, tooke aduisement among themselues what was best to be done, and at length concluded by promise one to an other, that they would not receiue at all. Yet some of them afterward being persuaded with faire promises that the Cōmunion should be ministred vnto them accordyng to kyng Edwardes booke, gat them vnto the Parish Priest (whose name was Cotes MarginaliaCotes Parishe priest at Stoke.) and asked hym after which sort he woulde minister the Sacrament. He aunswered to such as hee fauoured, that he would geue it after the right sort: the rest should haue it after the Papisticall maner.

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MarginaliaIohn Steyre and Iohn Foxe reuolted.To bee short, none did communicate so, but onely Iohn Steyre and Iohn Foxe: of which the one gaue his wiue leaue to doe as she thought beste. The other went about with threates to compell his wife, saiyng that otherwise he would diuorce hym self from her. As for the rest, they did withdraw themselues from church, resortyng to their wonted company. Onely Foxes wife taryed still at home, all in her dumpes and heauines, whose huseband practised with the Curate in the meane tyme, that the next day after he should geue her the sacrament, which was the xvij. day after Easter. But the very same day, vnknowyng vnto her housband, she gat her selfe secretly to her company, and with teares declared howe violently her housband had delt with her. MarginaliaThe Christian constancy of Elizabeth Foxe. The other women bad her notwithstandyng to be of a good cheare, and said that they would make their earnest prayers vnto the Lorde, both for her and her husband, and in deede when they had so done, the matter tooke very good successe. MarginaliaThe effect of christian praier.For the next day after, goodman Foxe came of his owne accord vnto them, a farre other man then he was before, MarginaliaIohn Foxe recouered agayne to the truth by prayer.and bewailed his owne headines and rashnes, praiyng them that they woulde forgeue him, promising euer after to be more strong in faith, to the great reioysing both of them and his wife.

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About halfe a yeare after this, the Bishop of Norwich sendeth forth certaine of his Officers or Apparitours thether, which gaue them warnyng euery one to come to the church the next sonday followyng. MarginaliaThe women of Stoke summoned by the Bishop.If they would not come, they should appeare before the Commissary out of hand, to render accompt of their absence. But the women hauyng secret knowledge of this before, kept themselues out of the way for the nonce, to auoyde che summons or warnyng. Therefore when they were not at the churche at the day appointed, the Commissary did first suspend them accordyng to the Bishop of Romes lawe, and within three weekes after did excommunicate them. MarginaliaHow the women of Stoke escaped.Therefore when they perceiued that an Officer of the Towne was set to take some of them, they conueiyng them selues priuily out of the towne, escaped all daunger.

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¶ The congregation in London.

MarginaliaThe preseruation of the congregation at London.NO lesse marueilous was the preseruation of the congregation in London, which from the first beginnyng of Q. Mary, to the latter ende thereof, continued, notwithstandyng what soeur the malice, deuise, searching and inquisition of men, or streitnes of lawes could worke to the contrary. Suche was the mercifull hand of the Lorde, accordyng to his accustomed goodnes, euer working wt his people. Of this great boūtiful goodnes of the Lord, many and great examples appeared in the congregation which now I speake of. How oft, and in what great daungers did he deliuer them?

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MarginaliaThe congregation at Master Cardens house.First at the Blacke Friers, when they should haue resorted to Syr Thomas Cardens house, priuy watch was layd for them, but yet through the Lordes vigilant prouidence the mischiefe was preuented, and they deliuered.

MarginaliaThe congregation againe deliuered.Againe, how narrowly did they escape about Algate where spies were laid for them, and had not Thomas Simson 

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On Thomas Simpson's importance in the London congregation, see Brett Usher, '"In a Time of Persecution": New Light on the Secret Protestant Congregation in Marian London' in John Foxe and the English Reformation (Aldershot: 1997), pp. 233-51.

the Deacon espied them, & bid them disperse themselues away, they had bene taken. For within two houres the Constable commyng to the house after they were gone, demaunded of the wife what company had bene there. To whom she to excuse the matter, made aunswere againe, saiyng that halfe a dosen good fel-

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