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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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1597 [1528]

Actes and Monumentes of the churche

Bysh. What a stoute boylie heretick is this? how malipertly be aunswereth.

Ro. My Lorde it greueth me not one whyt (I thanke God) to be called Hereticke at youre handes: for so your forefathers called the Prophetes and Confessors of Christe, long before this tyme.

At these wordes the Byshoppe rose vp in a great heate, and bad Bernarde followe him: then the Byshop went and kneled before that they call the Sacrament of the altar, and as he was in his prayer knelyng, he looked back, & asked Bernarde why he came not, and did as he did. vnto whome Bernarde aunswered, I can not tell why I should so doe. Why (quod the Byshop,) thou lewde fellowe, whom seest thou yōder, pointing to the pyx ouer the altar?

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Roger. I see no body there: do you my Lord?

Byshop. Why naughty man, doest thou not see thy maker?

Roger. My maker? No, I see nothing but a fewe cloutes hanging together on a heape. With that the Byshop rose vp sore displeased, and commaunded the Gaolour to take hym awaye, and to laye irons enough on hym. For (quod he) I will tame him or he goe from me, I trowe so: and so he was caried away.

¶ The second examination of Roger Bernarde, before the sayde Byshop.

THe next daye Bernarde was brought agayne before the Byshop, and the byshop asked hym if he dyd not remember him selfe since the daye before, that he was before hym.

Roger. Yes myLord, I haue remembred my selfe very well. for the same man I was yesterdaye, I am this daye, and I hope shalbe all the dayes of my lyfe, concernyng the matter you talked with me of.

Then one of the Garde standing by, sayde: MarginaliaOne of the Gard doth take Bernarde to Lorde, I praye you trouble not your selfe any more with him, but let me haue the examining of hym. I shall handle hym after another sorte I trowe, and make hym a fayre chylde or he goe, you shall see. So was he committed to hym, and brought by hym to an Inne, MarginaliaA holsome company of caterpillers.where were a great many of Priestes assembled together: and there they fel all in flatteryng him, & perswading him with gaye intysing woordes what they could: but when therein they might not preuayle, for that the Lorde assisted the good poore man, then began they to threaten hym with whypping, stockynge, burnynge, and suche lyke, that it was wonderfull the do they made with him. Vnto whome Bernarde sayde: frendes, I am not better then my master Christe, and the Prophetes, whiche youre fathers serued after such sorte, & I for his names sake am cōtent to suffer the like at your hands

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if God shall so permitte, trusting that he wyll strengthen me in the same, accordinge to his promyse, in spite of the Deuill and all his mynisters. So when they coulde not make him to relent or yelde, they saide: behold a ryght scholler of Fortune. Thē caried they him to the B. who immediatly condemned him as an herereticke, & deliuered him to the secular power.

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This Roger Bernard was a single man, and by his vocation a labourer, dwellynge in Fransden in Suffolk. MarginaliaBernard taken by maister Tamages mēWho was taken in the night by maister Tamages men, because hee would not goe to churche to heare their vnsauery seruice,and so by them caried to pryson.

¶ Adam Foster. 
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This little narrative, significantly, has far less to do with the martyrdom of Foster than with the providential punishment of George Revet for his sins. Like the story of Gregory Crow, this reflects Foxe's deep concern to depict divine justice rewarding the good and punishing the evil.

Foxe got the year of Foster's and Lawson's executions wrong; because they were condemned in 1556, he assumed that they were executed that year. But the writs authorizing their executions were dated 3 December 1556 which means that they were executed on 30 June 1557.

MarginaliaAdam FosterADam Foster of the age of xxvi. yeres, housbandman being maried, dwelling in Mendlesam, in the countie of Suffolke, was taken at home in his house a litle before the Sunne going downe, by the MarginaliaG. Reuet, Th. mouseConstables of the sayde towne, George Reuet and Thomas Mowse, at the commaundement of MarginaliaSir Iohn Tirrell.sir Iohn Tirrell of Gipping hall in Suffolke, knight, because he wold not go to church and heare masse, and receiue at Easter, except he might haue it after Christes holy ordinaunce. When they came for him, they tolde him he must go with thē vnto þe Iustice. Vnto whom Adam Foster saide: for Christes cause and to saue his conscience he was well cōtented: and so they ledde him to sir Iohn Tirrell, and he sent him to Aye Dongeon in Suffolke, from whence at lengthe he was sent to Norwiche & there condemned by Bishop Hopton.

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MarginaliaBehold the iudgement of God.Nowe after this taking, the sayde Mouse & Reuet were striken with a great feare and sicknesse, whereby Mowse pined and consumed away, euen vnto death, although he was a man of a yonge and lusty age. But George Reuet, who was the sayde Mowses fellowe, and a great reader of the scripture, or as a man may terme it, a talkatiue gospeller, woulde not be premonyshed by the workes of God, but sette his sonne to helpe the priest saye masse, and to be Clarck of the same town of Mendlesam for lucres sake: yet was there a fayre warning geuen him of God, although he had not the grace so to consider it, the whiche thing was this. MarginaliaA yongmā parishe clerck against his conscience.A yong man of the same paryshe newly maried, called Robert Edgore, being of a rype wytte and sounde, was Clerke in the saide churche, before the sayde Ryuet sette his sonne in that roume, and executed the office a litle, yea, halas to long, against his owne conscience, wher by at length the Lorde so toke away his wits, that yet at this daye, his poore and wofull wyfe, good woman, is compelled to keepe hym cheyned and bounde contynuallye, leaste hee shoulde vnwares dooe hym selfe, or some other, myschiefe, as many tymes (the more pitie)

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