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1. Preface to Rubric 2. The Rubric 3. Mary's First Moves 4. The Inhibition5. Bourne's Sermon 6. The True Report7. The Precept to Bonner 8. Anno 15549. From 'The Communication' to 'A Monition' 10. Bonner's Monition11. Mary's Articles for Bonner 12. The Articles 13. From Mary's Proclamation to the 'Stile'14. From the 'Stile' to the 'Communication' 15. The 'Communication' 16. How Thomas Cranmer ... 17. Cranmer18. Ridley 19. Latimer20. Harpsfield's Forme 21. 1563's Disputational Digest22. Political Events up to Suffolk's Death 23. Between Mantell and the Preacher's Declaration 24. The Declaration of Bradford et al 25. May 19 to August 1 26. August 1 - September 3 27. From Bonner's Mandate to Pole's Oration 28. Winchester's Sermon to Bonner's Visitation 29. Pole's Oration 30. From the Supplication to Gardiner's Sermon 31. From Gardiner's Sermon to 1555 32. From the Arrest of Rose to Hooper's Letter 33. Hooper's Answer and Letter 34. To the End of Book X 35. The Martyrdom of Rogers 36. The Martyrdom of Saunders 37. Saunders' Letters 38. Hooper's Martyrdom 39. Hooper's Letters 40. Rowland Taylor's Martyrdom 41. Becket's Image and other events 42. Miles Coverdale and the Denmark Letters 43. Bonner and Reconciliation 44. Robert Farrar's Martyrdom 45. The Martyrdom of Thomas Tomkins 46. The Martyrdom of Rawlins/Rowland White47. The Martyrdom of Higbed and Causton 48. The Martyrdom of William Hunter 49. The Martyrdom of Pigot, Knight and Laurence 50. Judge Hales 51. The Providential Death of the Parson of Arundel 52. The Martyrdom of John Awcocke 53. The Martyrdom of George Marsh 54. The Letters of George Marsh 55. The Martyrdom of William Flower 56. Mary's False Pregnancy57. The Martyrdom of Cardmaker and Warne 58. John Tooly 59. The Examination of Robert Bromley [nb This is part of the Tooly affair]60. Censorship Proclamation 61. The Martyrdom of Thomas Haukes 62. Letters of Haukes 63. The Martyrdom of Thomas Watts 64. Martyrdom of Osmund, Bamford, Osborne and Chamberlain65. The Martyrdom of Ardley and Simpson 66. The Martyrdom of John Bradford 67. Bradford's Letters 68. William Minge 69. The Martyrdom of John Bland 70. The Martyrdom of Frankesh, Middleton and Sheterden 71. Sheterden's Letters 72. Martyrdom of Carver and Launder 73. Martyrdom of Thomas Iveson 74. John Aleworth 75. Martyrdom of James Abbes 76. Martyrdom of Denley, Newman and Pacingham 77. Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley 78. Richard Hooke 79. Martyrdom of William Coker, et al 80. Martyrdom of George Tankerfield, et al 81. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Smith 82. Martyrdom of Harwood and Fust 83. Martyrdom of William Haile 84. Examination of John Newman 85. Martyrdom of Robert Samuel 86. George King, Thomas Leyes and John Wade 87. William Andrew 88. William Allen 89. Martyrdom of Thomas Cobb 90. Martyrdom of Roger Coo 91. Martyrdom of Catmer, Streater, Burwood, Brodbridge, Tutty 92. Martyrdom of Hayward and Goreway 93. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Glover 94. John and William Glover 95. Cornelius Bungey 96. Martyrdom of Wolsey and Pigot 97. Life and Character of Nicholas Ridley 98. Ridley and Latimer's Conference 99. Ridley's Letters 100. Life of Hugh Latimer 101. Latimer's Letters 102. Ridley and Latimer Re-examined and Executed103. More Letters of Ridley 104. Life and Death of Stephen Gardiner 105. Martyrdom of Webb, Roper and Park 106. William Wiseman 107. Examinations and Martyrdom of John Philpot 108. John Went 109. Isobel Foster 110. Joan Lashford 111. Five Canterbury Martyrs 112. Life and Martyrdom of Cranmer 113. Letters of Cranmer 114. Martyrdom of Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield 115. Persecution in Salisbury Maundrell, Coberly and Spicer 116. William Tyms, et al 117. The Norfolk Supplication 118. Letters of Tyms 119. John Hullier's Execution120. John Hullier 121. Christopher Lister and five other martyrs 122. Hugh Lauerocke and John Apprice 123. Katherine Hut, Elizabeth Thacknell, et al 124. Martyrdom of John Harpole and Joan Beach 125. Thomas Drury and Thomas Croker 126. Thomas Spicer, John Deny and Edmund Poole 127. Thomas Rede128. Persecution of Winson and Mendlesam 129. William Slech 130. Avington Read, et al 131. Wood and Miles 132. Adherall and Clement 133. A Merchant's Servant Executed at Leicester 134. Thirteen Burnt at Stratford-le-Bow135. Persecution in Lichfield 136. Hunt, Norrice, Parret 137. Martyrdom of Bernard, Lawson and Foster 138. John Careless 139. Letters of John Careless 140. Martyrdom of Julius Palmer 141. Guernsey Martyrdoms 142. Dungate, Foreman and Tree 143. Martyrdom of Joan Waste 144. Three Men of Bristol145. Martyrdom of Edward Sharpe 146. Four Burnt at Mayfield at Sussex 147. John Horne and a woman 148. Northampton Shoemaker 149. Prisoners Starved at Canterbury 150. More Persecution at Lichfield 151. Exhumations of Bucer and Phagius along with Peter Martyr's Wife152. Pole's Visitation Articles for Kent153. Ten Martyrs Burnt at Canterbury154. The 'Bloody Commission'155. Twenty-two Prisoners from Colchester156. Five Burnt at Smithfield157. Stephen Gratwick and others158. Edmund Allen and other martyrs159. Edmund Allen160. Alice Benden and other martyrs161. Richard Woodman and nine other martyrs162. Ambrose163. The Martyrdom of Simon Miller and Elizabeth Cooper164. Rose Allin and nine other Colchester Martyrs165. John Thurston166. Thomas More167. George Eagles168. Richard Crashfield169. Fryer and George Eagles' sister170. John Kurde171. Cicelye Ormes172. Joyce Lewes173. Rafe Allerton and others174. Agnes Bongeor and Margaret Thurston175. Persecution at Lichfield176. Persecution at Chichester177. Thomas Spurdance178. Hallingdale, Sparrow and Gibson179. John Rough and Margaret Mearing180. Cuthbert Simson181. William Nicholl182. Seaman, Carman and Hudson183. Three at Colchester184. A Royal Proclamation185. Roger Holland and other Islington martyrs186. Richard Yeoman187. John Alcocke188. Alcocke's Epistles189. Thomas Benbridge190. Stephen Cotton and other martyrs191. Alexander Gouch and Alice Driver192. Three at Bury193. The Final Five Martyrs194. William Living195. The King's Brief196. William Browne197. Some Persecuted at Suffolk198. Elizabeth Lawson199. Edward Grew200. The Persecuted of Norfolk201. The Persecuted of Essex202. Thomas Bryce203. The Persecuted in Kent204. The Persecuted in Coventry and the Exiles205. Thomas Parkinson206. The Scourged: Introduction207. Richard Wilmot and Thomas Fairfax208. Thomas Greene209. Bartlett Greene and Cotton210. Steven Cotton's Letter211. Scourging of John Milles212. Scourging of Thomas Hinshaw213. Robert Williams214. Bonner's Beating of Boys215. A Beggar of Salisbury216. John Fetty217. James Harris218. Providences: Introduction219. The Miraculously Preserved220. Christenmas and Wattes221. Simon Grinaeus222. John Glover223. Dabney224. Alexander Wimshurst225. Bosom's wife226. The Delivery of Moyse227. Lady Knevet228. Crosman's wife229. Congregation at Stoke in Suffolk230. Congregation of London231. Robert Cole232. Englishmen at Calais233. John Hunt and Richard White234. Punishments of Persecutors235. Tome 6 Life and Preservation of the Lady Elizabeth236. The Westminster Conference237. Nicholas Burton238. Another Martyrdom in Spain239. Baker and Burgate240. Burges and Hoker241. Justice Nine-Holes242. Back to the Appendix notes243. A Poor Woman of Exeter244. Those Burnt at Bristol: extra material245. Priest's Wife of Exeter246. Gertrude Crockhey
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1365 [1296]

Actes and Monumentes Of the Church

which be truly his. For the Father which doth guyde them that be christes to Christ, is more mighty then al they, and no man is able to pull them out of the fathers handes: except I saye it please our father, it pleaseth our maister Christ to suffer them, they shal not stirre one heare of your heades.

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My brother Punte the bearer hereof, and maister Hopers letters would that we should saye what wee thinke good concerninge your mynde. 

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'We' means Cranmer and Latimer as well as Ridley. Foxe's marginal gloss states that Bradford wished to consult the Oxford bishops about the proposed disputation in Cambridge.

That is, not for to answer excepte yee might haue somewhat indifferent  
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'Indifferent' means impartial, not apathetic. Ridley is saying that Bradford and the others should not participate in the proposed disputation unless they were sure that the authorities presiding over the disputation were reasonably impartial.

Iudges. We are as ye knowe separated, and one of vs cannot in any thinge consulte with another, and much streight watching of maister Bailifes is about vs, that there be no pryuie conference emongest vs. And yet as we heare, the scholers beareth vs more heauily then the townesmen.  
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The scholars of Oxford were paying a greater share of the cost in maintaining Ridley, Latimer and Cranmer than the townspeople were.

A wonderful thing, among so many, neuer yet scholer offred to any of vs (so far as I know) anye maner of fauour, other for or in Christes cause. Now as concerning your demaunde of our counsel, for my parte I do not mislyke that which I perceue ye are mynded to doo. For I loke for none other but if ye answer afore the same commissioners that we dyd, ye shal be serued and handled as wee were, thought ye were as well learned as euer was other Peter or Paule. And yet further I thinke that occasion afterward may be giuen you, and the consideracion of the profit of your auditory maye perchaunce moue you to do otherwise.  
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Ridley is advising Bradford that the commisioners who conducted the Oxford diaputations were biased and unfair, but that if a disputation was held in Cambridge that they might make a favourable impression on the spectators regardless of the ways in which the disputation might be rigged.

Finally determinatly to say what shall be beste, I am not able to say, but I trust he, whose cause ye haue in hand, shal put you in mind to do that which shalbe moste for hys glory, the profyte of hys flock, & your owne saluation. This letter must be common to you and maister Hoper, in whō & in hys prison fellow good Father Crome I blesse God, euen from the bottom of my hart: for I doubt not but they both do to our maister Christ true acceptable, and honourable seruice and profitable to hys flocke: the one with hys penne, and the other with his fatherly example of pacience, and constancy and al maner of true godlines. But what shal I nede to say to you: let this be common among all your brethren, among whom I dare say it is with you as it is with vs, among whom al thinges here are cōmon, meate, mony, and what so euer one of vs hath that canne or may do a nother good. All though I said maister Balifes and our Hostes  
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Margaret Irish, the wife of Edmund Irish, the mayor of Oxford, who had custody of Ridley.

strayghtly watch vs, that we haue no conferēce or intelligēce of any thing abroad, yet hath god prouided for euery one of vs in the steede of our seruaunts faythful fellowes, which will be content to heare and see, and to do for vs what so euer they can. It is gods worke surely, blessed be god for his vnspeakeable goodnes. The grace of our Lorde Iesus Christ and the loue of God and the communication of the holy Ghost be with you all. Amen, Amen.

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As farre as London is from Oxforde, yet thence we haue receiued of late, both meate, money and shirtes, not onely from such as are of our acquaintaunce, but of some (whom thys bearer can tell) with whom I had neuer to my knowledge any acquaintaunce. I knowe for whose sake they do it: to hym therfore be al honour, glory and dewe thankes.

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And yet I pray you do so much as to shewe them that we haue receiued theyr beneuolence

& (God be blessed) haue plēty of al such things: this I desire you to do. For I know they be of Mayster Hoper, and youre familiar acquayntaunce. 

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The people whom Ridley wishes to thank are very probably Joan Wilkinson and Anne Warcup who are known to have aided Ridley, Bradford and Hooper.

Mayster Latimer was crased:  
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In the sixteenth century, the word 'crazed' could mean to become ill or infirm as well as to become insane; clearly in this case the first meaning is intended.

but I heare now (thankes be to God) that he amendeth agayne.

Nicolas Ridley.

Another letter frō Maister Ridley, vnto Mayster Bradford. 
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This letter was obviously written after the execution of John Rogers on 4 February 1555. It was first printed in the 1563 edition and was reprinted in Letters of the Martyrs(pp. 63 [recte 68]-69). It was subsequently reprinted in all editions of the Acts and Monuments.

OH deare brother, seyng the tyme is nowe come, wherein it pleaseth the heauenly father, for Christ our sauiour his sake, to cal vpon you, and to byd you to come, happy are you that euer you were borne, thus to be found a wake at the Lordes callynge, Euge serue bone et fidelis: quia super pauca fuisti fidelis, super multa te constituet, & intrabis in gaudium domini. O deare brother, what meaneth thys, that you are sent into your owne natiue countrye: 

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I.e., Lancashire. The words 'county' and 'country' were synonyms in the sixteenth century.

the wisdome and policy of the world may meane what they wil. But I trust God wil so order the matter finally by his fatherly prouidēce, that some great occasion of Gods good gracious goodes shalbe plenteously poured abroad amongest hys, our brethren in that countrye, by this your martirdome, where the martyrs for Christes sake shed their bloude, and loste their lyues. O what wondrous thinges hath Christ afterward wrought to hys glorye, and confirmation of theyr doctrine, if it bee not the place that sanctifieth the man, but the holy man doth by Christ sanctify the place? Brother Bradford, then happy and holye shall be that place, wherein thou shalt suffer, and shal be with thy ashes in Christes cause sprynkled ouer with al. Al thy country maye reioyce of thee, that euer it broughte forth suche a one, which woulde render his lyfe agayne in hys cause, of whome he had receyued it. Brother Bradford, so longe as I shal vnderstand thou art in thy iornye, by gods grace I shal call vppon our father for Christes sake, to set thee safely home: and then good brother speake you and praye for the remenaunt that are for to suffer for Christs sake, according to that thou then shalt know more clearely.

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We do loke now euery daye when we shall be called on: blessed be god. I wene I am the weakest many wayes of oure companye: and yet I thanke oure Lord God, and heauenlye father by Christ, since I heard of oure deare brother Rogers departing, and stout confession of Christ and his truthe, euen vnto the death, my harte (blessed bee God) so reioyced of it, that since that tyme I neuer felt any lūpishe heauines in my hart, as I graunt I haue felt some times before. O good brother, blessed be God in thee, and blessed be the time that euer I knewe thee. Fare well, fare well.

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Your brother in Christ, Nicholas
Ridley. Brother farewel.

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