Thematic Divisions in Book 11
1. The Martyrdom of Rogers 2. The Martyrdom of Saunders 3. Saunders' Letters 4. Hooper's Martyrdom 5. Hooper's Letters 6. Rowland Taylor's Martyrdom 7. Becket's Image and other events 8. Miles Coverdale and the Denmark Letters 9. Bonner and Reconciliation 10. Judge Hales 11. The Martyrdom of Thomas Tomkins 12. The Martyrdom of William Hunter 13. The Martyrdom of Higbed and Causton 14. The Martyrdom of Pigot, Knight and Laurence 15. Robert Farrar's Martyrdom 16. The Martyrdom of Rawlins/Rowland White17. The Restoration of Abbey Lands and other events in Spring 155518. The Providential Death of the Parson of Arundel 19. The Martyrdom of John Awcocke 20. The Martyrdom of George Marsh 21. The Letters of George Marsh 22. The Martyrdom of William Flower 23. The Martyrdom of Cardmaker and Warne 24. Letters of Warne and Cardmaker 25. The Martyrdom of Ardley and Simpson 26. John Tooly 27. The Examination of Robert Bromley [nb This is part of the Tooly affair]28. The Martyrdom of Thomas Haukes 29. Letters of Haukes 30. The Martyrdom of Thomas Watts 31. Mary's False Pregnancy32. Censorship Proclamation 33. Our Lady' Psalter 34. Martyrdom of Osmund, Bamford, Osborne and Chamberlain35. The Martyrdom of John Bradford 36. Bradford's Letters 37. William Minge 38. James Trevisam 39. The Martyrdom of John Bland 40. The Martyrdom of Frankesh, Middleton and Sheterden 41. Sheterden's Letters 42. Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley 43. Martyrdom of Christopher Wade 44. Nicholas Hall45. Margery Polley46. Martyrdom of Carver and Launder 47. Martyrdom of Thomas Iveson 48. John Aleworth 49. Martyrdom of James Abbes 50. Martyrdom of Denley, Newman and Pacingham 51. Martyrdom of John Newman52. Richard Hooke 53. Martyrdom of William Coker, et al 54. Martyrdom of George Tankerfield, et al 55. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Smith 56. Martyrdom of Harwood and Fust 57. Martyrdom of William Haile 58. George King, Thomas Leyes and John Wade 59. William Andrew 60. Martyrdom of Robert Samuel 61. Samuel's Letters 62. William Allen 63. Martyrdom of Thomas Cobb 64. Martyrdom of Catmer, Streater, Burwood, Brodbridge, Tutty 65. Martyrdom of Hayward and Goreway 66. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Glover 67. Cornelius Bungey 68. John and William Glover 69. Martyrdom of Wolsey and Pigot 70. Life and Character of Nicholas Ridley 71. Ridley and Latimer's Conference 72. Ridley's Letters 73. Life of Hugh Latimer 74. Latimer's Letters 75. Ridley and Latimer Re-examined and Executed76. More Letters of Ridley 77. Life and Death of Stephen Gardiner 78. Martyrdom of Webb, Roper and Park 79. William Wiseman 80. James Gore 81. Examinations and Martyrdom of John Philpot 82. Philpot's Letters 83. Martyrdom of Thomas Whittle, Barlett Green, et al 84. Letters of Thomas Wittle 85. Life of Bartlett Green 86. Letters of Bartlett Green 87. Thomas Browne 88. John Tudson 89. John Went 90. Isobel Foster 91. Joan Lashford 92. Five Canterbury Martyrs 93. Life and Martyrdom of Cranmer 94. Letters of Cranmer 95. Martyrdom of Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield 96. Persecution in Salisbury Maundrell, Coberly and Spicer 97. William Tyms, et al 98. Letters of Tyms 99. The Norfolk Supplication 100. Martyrdom of John Harpole and Joan Beach 101. John Hullier 102. Hullier's Letters 103. Christopher Lister and five other martyrs 104. Hugh Lauerocke and John Apprice 105. Katherine Hut, Elizabeth Thacknell, et al 106. Thomas Drury and Thomas Croker 107. Thomas Spicer, John Deny and Edmund Poole 108. Persecution of Winson and Mendlesam 109. Gregory Crow 110. William Slech 111. Avington Read, et al 112. Wood and Miles 113. Adherall and Clement 114. A Merchant's Servant Executed at Leicester 115. Thirteen Burnt at Stratford-le-Bow116. Persecution in Lichfield 117. Hunt, Norrice, Parret 118. Martyrdom of Bernard, Lawson and Foster 119. Examinations of John Fortune120. John Careless 121. Letters of John Careless 122. Martyrdom of Julius Palmer 123. Agnes Wardall 124. Peter Moone and his wife 125. Guernsey Martyrdoms 126. Dungate, Foreman and Tree 127. Martyrdom of Thomas More128. Examination of John Jackson129. Examination of John Newman 130. Martyrdom of Joan Waste 131. Martyrdom of Edward Sharpe 132. Four Burnt at Mayfield at Sussex 133. John Horne and a woman 134. William Dangerfield 135. Northampton Shoemaker 136. Prisoners Starved at Canterbury 137. More Persecution at Lichfield
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Bartham Calthorp

Bartlett Green's thoughts on pride and gluttony were written in a book of Bartham Calthorp's 20 January 1556. 1563, p. 1458, 1570, p. 2022, 1576, p. 1743, 1583, p. 1851.

Bartlett Green wrote a letter to Master Goring, Master Farneham, Master Fletewood, Master Rosewel, Master Bell, Master Hussey, Master Calthorp, Master Boyer and others. 1563, pp. 1465-66, 1570, pp. 2027-28, 1576, p. 1747-48, 1583, pp. 1855-56.

In a letter Bartlett Green asked Calthorpe to think on John Grove, an honest, poor man, Traiford and Rice ap Rice his accomplices, stating that his cousin, Thomas Witton, would be able to instruct him. 1563, pp. 1465-66, 1570, pp. 2027-28, 1576, p. 1748, 1583, p. 1856.

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Bartlett Green

(1530 - 1556)

Gentleman and lawyer. Martyr. Of Basinghall, City of London. [DNB]

A letter was exhibited by Bonner, concerning the handling of Bartlett Green. 1563, pp. 1444-45, 1570, p. 1999, 1576, p. 1721-22, 1583, p. 1828.

In the letter exhibited by Bonner about Bartlett Green, reference was made to John Dee and Feckenham. 1563, pp. 1444-45, 1570, p. 1999, 1576, pp. 1721-22, 1583, p. 1828.

Foxe records Green's formative years. 1563, p. 1458, 1570, p. 2022, 1576, p. 1743, 1583, p. 1851.

Foxe discusses Green's character. 1563, p. 1458, 1570, p. 2022, 1576, p. 1743, 1583, p. 1851.

Green's thoughts on pride and gluttony were written in a book belonging to Bartham Calthorp, 20 January 1556. 1563, p. 1458, 1570, p. 2022, 1576, p. 1743, 1583, p. 1851.

Green's grandfather, Dr Bartlett, offered him great livings if he would recant. 1563, p. 1458, 1570, p. 2022, 1576, p. 1743, 1583, p. 1851.

Green wrote of his dealings with Christopher Goodman, exile, whom he had been friends with during Edward's reign. 1563, p. 1459, 1570, p. 2022, 1576, pp. 1743-44, 1583, p. 1851.

Green wrote a letter to Christopher Goodman that declared that the queen was not dead. It fell into the hands of some catholics. 1563, p. 1459, 1570, p. 2022, 1576, p. 1743, 1583, p. 1851.

Green wrote a letter to John Philpot which was not delivered. According to Foxe it was either not delivered because Philpot died or because the jailor prevented its delivery. 1563, pp. 1459-60, 1570, p. 2023, 1576, p. 1744, 1583, pp. 1852-53.

[In a letter that was never delivered] Green told Philpot of his presentment on 17 November before Bonner and two bishops, Master Dean, Roper, Welch, John Harpsfield, and two or three others. Dr Dale, Master George Mordant and Master Dee [not listed here as Dr] were also there. 1563, p. 1460, 1570, p. 2023, 1576, p. 1744, 1583, p. 1852.

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Evidence on Green's doctrine was given by Welch. 1563, p. 1460, 1570, p. 2023, 1576, p. 1744, 1583, pp. 1852-53.

A discussion of scripture and civil law was planned for Bonner and Dr Dale with Green. 1563, p. 1460, 1570, p. 2023, 1576, p. 1744, 1583, p. 1852.

A letter regarding Green's treason was sent to Bonner by the privy council on 11 November 1555 but not delivered until 17 November. It was signed by Winchester, Penbroke, Thomas Ely, William Haward, John Bourne, Thomas Wharton. 1563, p. 1460, 1570, p. 2023, 1576, p. 1744, 1583, pp. 1851-52.

Chedsey testified against Green, and reported that in the presence of M. Mosley and the lieutenant of the Tower Green had spoken against transubstantiation. 1563, p. 1460, 1570, p. 2023, 1576, p. 1744, 1583, p. 1852.

Welch spoke privately to Bartlett Green as he feared for him. 1563, pp. 1461-62, 1570, p. 2024, 1576, pp. 1744-45, 1583, pp. 1852-53.

Bartlett Green met with John Dee, who was very friendly to him. 1563, p. 1462, 1570, p. 2024, 1576, p. 1744, 1583, p. 1853.

Green discussed eucharistic doctrine with Welch. 1563, p. 1463, 1570, p. 2024, 1576, p. 1745, 1583, p. 1853.

Foxe recounts Bonner's charges and Green's answers to the charges. 1563, pp. 1451-54, 1570, pp. 2024-25, 1576, p. 1745, 1583, p. 1853.

Foxe records Green's confession. 1563, p. 1463, 1570, p. 2025, 1576, p. 1746, 1583, pp. 1853-54.

Green was condemned with Thomas Whittle, John Tudson, John Went, Thomas Browne, Isabel Foster, and Joan Lashford. 1570, p. 2025, 1576, p. 1746, 1583, p. 1853.

Feckenham (dean of St Paul's) held discussions with Green. 1563, pp. 1463-64, 1570, pp. 2025-26, 1576, p. 1746, 1583, p. 1854.

Bonner and Pendleton questioned Green. 1563, p. 1464, 1570, p. 2026,, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, pp. 1854-55.

Green wrote a farewell verse in a book of Master Hussey of the Temple 1570, p. 2027, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1855.

Green wrote a farewell verse in a book of William Fleetwood. 1570, p. 2027, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1855.

Green was beaten and scourged by Bonner. He later told Cotten of the Temple about it. 1570, p. 2027, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1855.

Green was burned at Smithfield on 27 January 1556. 1563, p. 1451, 1570, p. 2027, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 2856.

Latin verses were repeated by Green and his fellow sufferers at the stake. 1563, p. 1465, 1570, p. 2027, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1855.

John Careless wrote a letter to Bartlett Green, Thomas Whittle, Joan Warren, Isabel Foster and certain other prisoners in Newgate. 1570, p. 2107, 1576, p. 1818, 1583, pp. 1924-25.

Letters. 1563, pp. 1465-1466, 1570, pp. 2027-28, 1576, pp. 1747-48, 1583, pp. 1855-56.

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Christopher Goodman

(1520? - 1603)

Puritan divine. Friend of Bartlett Green during Edward VI's reign. Exile under Mary. [DNB]

Bartlett Green wrote of his dealings with Christopher Goodman, with whom he had been friends during Edward's reign. 1563, p. 1459, 1570, p. 2022, 1576, pp. 1743-44, 1583, p. 1851.

Bartlett Green wrote a letter to Christopher Goodman that declared that the queen was not dead. It fell into the hands of some catholics. 1563, p. 1459, 1570, p. 2022, 1576, p. 1743, 1583, p. 1851.

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Dr Bartlett

Grandfather of Bartlett Green.

Dr Bartlett offered Bartlett Green great livings if he would recant. 1563, p. 1459, 1570, p. 2022, 1576, p. 1743, 1583, p. 1851.

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Peter Martyr Vermigli

(1500 - 1562) [DNB; Hillerbrand, Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation]

About 5 September 1553 Peter Martyr arrived in London from Oxford (where he had been held under arrest) and met with Cranmer to discuss their participating in a disputation to defend the Book of Common Prayer at Oxford. But Cranmer was arrested and Martyr deported (1563, p. 905; 1570, p. 1571; 1576, p. 1339; 1583, p. 1497 [recte 1409]).

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Peter Martyr was permitted to leave the realm and returned to Strasburg (1570, p. 1579; 1576, p. 1347; 1583, p. 1418).

On 14 February 1555 at 3 o'clock Dr Harding went to see John Bradford in prison and talked of his fear for Bradford's soul after excommunication, and said that he himself had spoken against Peter Martir, Martin Bucer, Luther and others for their beliefs. 1563, p. 1200, 1570, pp. 1790-91, 1576, p. 1529, 1583, pp. 1612-13 .

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Foxe states that he omitted the talk Bradford and Pendleton had of 'my lord of Canterbury, of Peter Martirs boke, of Pendleto[n]s letter laid to Bradford', a discussion held on 28 March 1555. 1563, p. 1214, 1570, p. 1804, 1576, p. 1540, 1583, p. 1623.

Ridley was converted through reading Bertram's book of the sacrament, and confirmed in his beliefs through conference with Cranmer and Peter Martyr. 1570, p. 1895 1576, p. 1623, 1583, p. 1717.

Bartlet Green was converted through attending Peter Martyr's lectures at Oxford. 1563, p. 1458, 1570, p. 2021, 1576, p. 1742, 1583, p. 1850.

Peter Martyr wrote a book against Gardiner's Marcus Anthonius Constantius. 1570, p. 2045, 1576, p. 1764, 1583, p. 1870.

Julins Palmer borrowed Peter Martyr's Commentaries on I Corinthians, which helped to convert him. 1570, p. 2118, 1576, p. 1841 [recte 1829], 1583, p. 1935.

Foxe states that those who were blinded with ignorance or malice thought Peter Martyr not a learned man. 1563, p. 1474 [recte 1472].

[Also referred to as 'Peter Martyr']

Nicholas Carre wrote a letter to John Cheke about Martin Bucer, which was then passed on to Peter Martyr. 1563, p. 1540, 1570, p. 2145, 1576, p. 1865, 1583, p. 1957.

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Sir John Bourne

(1518 - 1575)

Secretary of State to Mary; uncle to Bishop Gilbert Bourne of Bath and Wells, [DNB, sub Bourne, Gilbert; Bindoff].

Sir John Bourne led a debate, or rather dinner conversation, with John Feckenham, against Nicholas Ridley while the latter was imprisoned in the Tower (1563, pp. 928-31; 1570, pp. 1589-91; 1576, p 1356-58; and 1583, p. 1426-28).

He was one of the commissioners who interrogated Rowland Taylor on 22 January 1555 (1563, pp. 1071-73; 1570, pp. 1696-97; 1576, p. 1450; 1583, pp. 1521-22).

He was one of the examiners of John Rogers on 28 January 1555 (1563, pp. 1026-28; 1570, pp. 1659-60; 1576, pp. 1416-17; 1583, pp. 1486-87).

He was one of the commissioners who interrogated Robert Ferrar on 4 February 1555 (1563, p. 1732; 1570, pp. 1722-23; 1576, p. 1471; 1583, pp. 1553-54).

He was ordered by the privy council to examine Sir Thomas Benger, Cary, John Dee and John Field on 5 and 7 May 1555 (1583, p. 1581).

Bradford was brought to speak to Bonner by the under-marshal of the King's Bench. Talk took place between the lord chancellor, Bonner and John Bradford on 22 January 1555, during which the bishop of Durham, Sir Richard Southwell, Sir Robert Rochester, and Secretary Bourne questioned Bradford's eucharistic doctrine. 1563, pp. 1185-88, 1570, pp. 1782-84, 1576, pp. 1522-23, 1583, pp. 1605-06.

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Secretary Bourne declared that Bradford had caused much trouble with letters, as had been reported to him by the earl of Derby. 1563, p. 1186, 1570, p. 1783, 1576, p. 1523, 1583, p. 1606.

Bourne asked Bradford if the letters were seditious, but Bradford claimed they were not. 1563, p. 1187, 1570, p. 1783, 1576, p. 1523, 1583, p. 1606.

Sir John Bourne is described by Foxe as the chief stirrer in such cases as that of Bartlett Green's. 1563, p. 1460, 1570, p. 2023, 1576, p. 1744, 1583, p. 1851.

A letter to Bonner by the privy council regarding Green's treason was written on 11 November 1555, but not delivered until 17 November. It was signed Winchester, Penbroke, Thomas Ely, William Haward, John Bourne, Thomas Wharton. 1563, p. 1460, 1570, p. 2023, 1576, p. , 1583, pp. 1851-52.

Lord Williams, Lord Chandos, Sir Thomas Bridges and Sir John Browne arrived in Oxford, prior to Cranmer's martyrdom. 1563, p. 1498, 1570, p. 2063, 1576, p. 1780, 1583, p. 1885.

Sir John Bourne was one of the recipients of the proclamation from Philip and Mary authorising the persecution of protestants. 1563, p. 1561, 1570, p. 2155, 1576, p. 1862, 1583, p. 1974[incorrectly numbered 1970].

On 15 December 1557 a letter was sent by the archbishop of York, the earl of Shrewsbury, Edward Hastings, Anthony Montague, John Bourne and Henry Jernegam (members of the privy council) to Bishop Bonner along with the examinations of John Rough. They sent Rough to Newgate. 1563, p. 1646, 1570, p. 2226, 1576, pp. 1921-22., 1583, p. 2028 [incorrectly numbered as 2034].

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His judges were Portman and Marven who, when they witnessed John Davis's sorry state when he was held before them, agreed with John Bourne that the boy had suffered enough. 1570, p. 2277, 1583, p. 2073.

Bourne and his wife took Davis home and anointed his wounds but put him away when they realised he would not submit to their doctrine. They were afraid he might have an effect on their son Anthony. 1570, p. 2277, 1583, p. 2073.

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Thomas Whittle

(d. 1556)

Priest. Martyr. From Essex.

Thomas Whittle was imprisoned in the coal house with Philpot. Bonner was so violent with Whittle's beard that he plucked much of it away and made his face black and blue. 1563, p. 1392, 1570, p. 1964, 1576, p. 1689, 1583, p. 1798.

He was apprehended by Edmond Alabaster. 1563, p. 1454, 1570, p. 2016, 1576, p. 1737, 1583, p. 1846.

Foxe records the bill of submission. 1563, p. 1454, 1570, p. 2017, 1576, pp. 1737-38, 1583, p. 1846.

Foxe includes Whittle's own account of his recantation and his withdrawal. 1563, pp. 1454-55, 1570, p. 2017, 1576, p. 1738, 1583, p. 1846-47.

John Harpsfield wrote a letter to Bonner about Whittle's subscription. 1563, pp. 1455-56, 1570, pp. 2017-18, 1576, p. 1738, 1583, pp. 1846-47.

Robert Johnson wrote a letter to Bonner about Whittle, confirming Cluney's and Harpsfield's reports. He mentions that Sir Thomas More's submission was read to him twice to no good effect. 1563, p. 1456, 1570, p. 2018, 1576, p. 1738, 1583, pp. 1846-47.

Foxe records Bonner's charges and Whittle's answers to the charges. 1563, p. 1453, 1570, p. 2018, 1576, p. 1738, 1583, pp. 1846-47.

Bonner plucked at Whittle's beard so hard that it made his face black and blue. 1570, p. 1964 [marginal note].

Whittle repented after his recantation and took his subscription. 1570, p. 1964 [marginal note], pp. 2017-18, 1576, p. 1738.

His last examination and condemnation took place on 14 January 1556. 1563, p. 1456, 1570, p. 2018, 1576, p. 1738, 1583, p. 1846.

He was burned at Smithfield with Joan Warren on 14 January 1556. 1563, pp. 1451, 1456, 1570, p. 2018, 1576, p. 1738, 1583, p. 1846.

John Careless wrote a letter to Bartlett Green, Thomas Whittle, Joan Warren, Isabel Foster and certain other prisoners in Newgate. 1570, p. 2107, 1576, p. 1818, 1583, pp. 1924-25.

Thomas Whittle wrote letters to John Careless, John Went and others. 1563, pp. 1457-58, 1570, pp. 2018-22, 1576, pp. 1739-43, 1583, pp. 1847-50.

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Queene Mary. The story and persecution of M. Bartlet Greene Martyr.
MarginaliaAnno 1556. Ianuary.¶ The Story of Mayster Bartet Greene, Gentlemanne and Lawyer, Martyr. 
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The Life and Martyrdom of Bartlett Green

Green's martyrdom was merely listed in Rerum, p. 634. All of Foxe's account of Green first appeared in the 1563 edition. Some of the material came from oral sources, some of it from writings preserved by Green's friends and much of it came from Bishop Bonner's records. In the 1570 edition, the opening of Green's letter to Philpot was deleted; apart from this, there were no changes made to the 1563 account of Green in later editions.

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MarginaliaThe story of M. Bartlet Grene gentleman and Martyr. MarginaliaIanuary. 27.AFter the Martyrdome of Thomas Whittell, nexte followeth in order to speake of Bartlet Greene, who the nexte day after the foresayde Whittell, was likewise condemned. Thys Greene was of a good house, and hauinge such Parentes, as both fauoured learning, and were also willing to bring vp this theyr childe in the same. Who after some enteraunce in other inferiour Schooles, was by them sent vnto the Vniuersity of Oxforde: MarginaliaBartlet Grene student at Oxford.where thorow exercise and diligent study, he so profited, that within short time he atteined, aswell to the knowledge of sundery prophane Sciences, and also now in his last yeares, vnto the godly vnderstanding of Diuinitye. Whereunto through ignorance (in which he was trayned vp from his youth) he was at the first an vtter enemy, vntill such tyme as God of his mercy had opened his eyes, by his often repayring vnto the commō Lectures of Peter Martyr, MarginaliaM. Grene conuerted by the Lecture of Peter Martyr.reader of the Diuinity Lecture in the same Vniuersity: so that therby (as by Gods instrument) he saw the true lighte of Christes Gospell.

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Whereof when he had once tasted, it became vnto hym as the fountayne of liuely water, that our Sauiour Christ spake of vnto the woman of Samaria, so as he neuer thirsted any more, but had a well springing vnto euerlastyng life. MarginaliaIohn. 4.In so much as when he was called by his frendes frō the vniuersity, and was placed in the Temple at London, MarginaliaM. Grene studēt in the Temple at London.there to attayne to the knowledge of the common Lawes of the Realme, he yet continued still in his former study, & earnest profession of the Gospell: wherein also he did not a litle profite. Howbeit (suche is the fraylety of our corrupte nature, without the speciall assistaunce of Gods holy spirit) through the continuall accompanying, and felowshyp of such worldly (I will not say to much youthfull) young gentlemen, as are commonly in that and the like houses, he became by litle and litle, a compartner of theyr fond follies, and youthfull vanities, aswell in his apparell, as also in banquettinges, and other superfluous excesses, whiche he afterward (being agayne called by Gods mercifull correction) did sore lament and bewayle: as appeareth by his one testimonye, notified and lefte in a booke of a certayne frend of his, a litle before his death, written with his owne had, in maner as foloweth.

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¶ This did Mayster Bartlet Greene write in Mayster Bartram Calthrops Booke.

MarginaliaA good note or lesson for young Lawyers to marke and follow.TWo thinges haue very muche troubled me whilest I was in the Temple, Pride, and Glottonye, whiche vnder the coulour of glorye and good felowshippe, drewe me almoste from GOD. Agaynst both there is one remedye, by prayer earnest, and without ceasing. And for as much as vayne glory is so subtle an Aduersarye, that almoste it woundeth deadly, ere euer a manne can perceiue himselfe to be smitten, therefore we ought so muche the rather by continuall prayer, to labour for humblenesse of minde. Truely Glottony beginneth vnder a charitable pretence, of mutuall loue and society, MarginaliaWhat leaude company doth.and hath in it most vncharitablenesse. When we seeke to refresh our bodies, that they may be the more apte to serue GOD, and performe our duetyes towardes our Neyghbours, then stealeth it in as a priuye theefe, and murthereth both body and soule, rhat nowe it is not apte to to pray, or serue GOD, nor apte to studye, or labour for our neighbours. Let vs therefore wach and be sober: For our aduersary the Deuill walketh about like a roaring Lyon seeking whom he may deuour. And remember what Salomon sayth: Melior est patiens viro forti, & qui dominatur animo expugnatore vrbium. i. A pacient man is better then a strong warrior, and he that conquereth his owne stomacke, is better then hee that conquereth Townes and Cityes.

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Bartlet Greene.

Marginaliai. Agreement of mindes ioyning in vnitye of fayth, & growing vp in charitye, is true and stedfast amitye. Farewell (my Bartrame) and remember me, that euer we may be like together fare wel, at Newgate, Ianuary. 20. An. 1556.Animorum in fide vnio, per charitatem acta, firma est amicitia. Vale (mi Bartrame) & mei memineris, vt semper simillimi efficiamur. Vale. Apud nouam Portam 20. Ianuarij. 1556.

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Set sober loue agaynst hasty wrath.

Bartlet Greene.

Thus we see the fatherly kindenesse of our moste gracious and mercifull God, who neuer suffereth his electe children so to fall, that they lye still in security of sinne, but oftentymes quickeneth them vp by some such meanes, as perhaps they thinke least of, as he did here this his strayed

sheepe. And now therfore to returne to our history: for the better maynteinaunce of himselfe in these his studyes, and other his affayres he had a large exhibition of his grandfather Mayster Doctour Bartlet, MarginaliaLarge gifts offered to M. Grene by Doctour Bartlet to returne to the Church of Rome.who during the tyme of Greenes inprisonment made vnto him large offers of great liuinges, if he would recant, and (forsake the truth, and Gospell of Christ) come home agayne to the Church and Sinagogue of Rome. But these his perswasions (the Lord be therefore praysed) tooke small effect in this faythfull hart, as the sequell did declare. He was a man beloued of all men except of the Papistes, who loue none that loue the truth) and so he well deserued: for he was of a meeke, humble, discreete, and most gentle behauiour to all. Iniurious he was to none, beneficiall to many, especiallye to those that were of the householde of fayth: as appeared (amongest other) by his frendly dealing with maister Christopher Goodman, MarginaliaFriendship betweene Christopher Goodman and M. Grene.beeing at that present a poore exile beyond the Seas. With whom this Bartlet Greene (aswell for his toward learning, as also for his sober and Godly behauiour) had often society in Oxforde, in the dayes of good king Edwarde: which now, notwithstanding hys frendes misery and banishment, he did not lightly forget, and that turned as it chaunced (not without the prouidence of almightye GOD) to the greate griefe of both, the one of heart for the losse of his Frende, and the other of body in suffering the cruell and murthering rage of the Papistes.

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The cause hereof was a Letter which Grene did write vnto the sayde Goodman, conteining aswell the reporte of certayne demaundes or questions, which were cast abroad in London (as appeareth hereafter in a letter of hys owne penning, whiche he meant to haue sent vnto M. Philpot, wherein hee declareth his full vsage before the Bishop of London and others) as also an aunswere to a question made by the sayd Christopher Goodman, in a letter writtē vnto him, in which he required to haue the certaynetye of the report, which was spread amongest them on the other side of the Seas, that the Queene was deade. Whereunto mayster Greene aunswered simply, and as the truth then was, that she was not dead. 

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Green's activities were not as innocuous as Foxe makes them appear. He was apparently involved in circulating a broadside, smuggled into London from Danzig, which denounced Philip and Mary and which advocated Elizabeth's claim to the throne. Information about Green's role in smuggling and disseminating seditious literature, as well as his incautious remark about Mary, are what led to his arrest for treason (P. M. Took, 'The Government and the Printing Trade, 1540-1560,'unpublished PhD thesis, University of London, 1978, pp. 279-81).

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MarginaliaOccasion of apprehending of M. Grene, came by letters intercepted.These letters with manye other, written to diuers of the godly exiles, by theyr frendes here in Englande, beyng deliuered to a messenger to carry ouer, came by the apprehension of the said bearer, vnto the handes of the king and Queenes Councel. Who at theyr conuenient leasure (whiche in those daies by some of them was quickely found out for suche matters) perused the whole number of the sayde letters, and amongest them espyed this letter of Mayster Greenes, written vnto his frend Christopher Goodman, in the contentes whereof (amongest other newes and priuate matters) they found these woordes: The Queene is not yet dead. Which wordes were onely written as an answere, to certifye Mayster Goodman of the trueth of hys former demaunde. Howbeit (to some of the Councell) they seemed very haynous woordes, yea, treason they would haue made them, if the Law would haue suffered. Whiche when they coulde not doe (and being yet verye lothe to let any such depart freely, whom they suspected to be a fauourer of the Gospell) they then examined him vpon his fayth in religion, MarginaliaM. Grene examined by the coūsell of his fayth.but vpon what poyntes, it is not certaynely knowne.

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Neuerthelesse (as it semeth) his aunsweres were such, as litle pleased them (especially the annoynted sorte) and therefore after they had longe detayned him in prison, as well in the Tower of London, as elsewhere, they sente him at last vnto Boner Bishop of London, to be ordered according to his Ccclesiasticall law: as appeareth by theyr Letters sent vnto the Byshop, with the sayd prisoner also: wherein it may appeare that Syr Iohn Bourne (then Secretary to the Queene) was a chiefe stirrer in such cases, MarginaliaIohn Bourne a stirrer of persecution.yea, and an entiser of others of the counsell: who otherwise (if for feare they durst) woulde haue bene content to haue let such matters alone. The Lord forgeue them theyr weakenesse (if it be his good pleasure) and geue them true repentaunce. Amen.

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¶ A Letter sent vnto Boner Bishop of London, by the Queenes Counsell, dated the 11. daye of Nouember. 1555. but not deliuered vntill the 17. of the same moneth. 
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This letter was almost certainly copied from a now missing court book of Bishop Bonner's.

MarginaliaA letter from the Counsell to Boner.AFter our right harty commendations to your good Lordship, we send to the same herewith, the body of one Bartlet Grene, who hath of good time remayned in the Tower for his obstinate standing in matters agaynst the Catholicke Religion, whome the king and Queenes Maiesties pleasures are (because he is of your Lordshippes Dioces) ye shall cause to bee ordered accordinge to the Lawes in suche cases prouided. And thus wee bydde your

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