Navigate the 1563 Edition
PrefaceBook 1Book 2Book 3Book 4Book 5
Thematic Divisions in Book 5
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
Critical Apparatus for this Page
Commentary on the Text
Names and Places on this Page
Unavailable for this Edition
1637 [1556]

Actes and Monumentes of the church.

vsed agaynst Formosus, within sixe yeares after, Sergius the third encreased also against the same Formosus. For taking vp his deade body and setting it in a Popes chayre, he caused his head to be smiten of, and his other thre fingers to be cut from his hand, and his body to be cast into the ryuer of Tiber, abrogating and disanulling al his decrees, which thinge was neuer done by any man before that daye. The cause why so great cruelty was exercised (by þe reporte of Nauclerus) was this: because that Formosus hadde bene an aduersary to Stephen and Sergius when they sued to be made byshoppes.

[Back to Top]

This kinde of cruelty vnhard of before, the Popes a while exercised one agaynst another. But nowe, or euer they had sufficiently felte the smarte therof thē selues, they had tourned the same vpon our neckes. Wherfore it was to be wished, that seing it began among them it myght haue remayned stil with thautours therof, and not haue bene spred ouer thence vnto vs. But such was the nature of al euill, that it quickly passeth into exāple, for others to do the like. For about the yere of our Lorde 1400. Iohn Wicklyfe was in lyke maner digged vp, and burnte into ashes, and throwen into a brooke that runneth by the towne wher he was buried. 

Commentary  *  Close

The incident is described in 1563, pp. 104-06; 1570, pp. 551-52; 1576, p. 445 and 1583, p. 464. Pilkington could have found the episode described inFoxe's Latin martyrologies.

Of the which selfe same sauce tasted also William Tracye of Gloucester, a man of worshipfull house, bicause he hadde written in his last will that hee should be saued only by fayth in Iesus Christ, and that there needed not the helpe of any man therto, whether he were in heauen or in earth, and therfore bequeathed no legacy to that purpose as al other men were accustomed to do. This dede was done sithens we may remember, about the. xxii. yeare of the raygne of Henry the. viii. the yeare of our Lord. 1530.  
Commentary  *  Close

For this episode see 1563, pp. 510-11; 1570, p. 1186; 1576, p. 1015 and 1583, pp. 1042-43. Tracy's exhumation was well known and recounted in The treatment of master Wylliam Tracie (Antwerp: 1535), RSTC 24167.

[Back to Top]

Now seing they extended such cruelty to the dead, he sayd it was an easy matter to coniecture what they woulde do to the liuinge. Wherof we had sufficiente triall by the examples of our owne men, these fewe yeares past. And if we would take the paynes to peruse thinges done somewhat lenger ago, wee might finde notable matters out of our own Chronicles. Howbeit, it was sufficient for the manifest demonstration of that matter, to declare the beastly butcher of the French king executed vpon the Waldenses, at Cabryer, and the places nere thereabout, by his captain Miner, about the yeare of our Lorde. 1545. 

Commentary  *  Close

See 1570, pp. 1084-86; 1576, pp. 924-26 and 1583, pp. 951-53. The massacre of the Waldensians had already been described in several works, Sleidan's Commentaries being the most popular.

then the which there was neuer thinge red of more cruelly done, no not euen of the barbarous Paganes. And yet for all that when diuers hadde shewed theyr vttermost cruelty both agaynst these & many others, they were so farre from theyr purpose in extinguishing the lighte of the gospell, which they endeuor

[Back to Top]

red to suppresse, that it increased dayly more & more. The which thing Charles the. v. (than whom al christendom had not a more prudent prince, not the church of Christ almost a sorer enemy) easely perceiued, and therfore when he had in his hand Luther dead, and Melancthon and Pomeran, with certayne other preachers of the Gospell aliue, he not onely determined not any thing extremely against thē nor violated theyr graues, but also entreating them gently sent them away, not so much as ones forbidding them to publish openly the doctrine that they professed. For it is the nature of Christes church, that the more that Tyrauntes spurne agaynst it, the more it encreaseth and flourysheth. A notable proofe assuredly of the prouidence and pleasure of God in sowing the gospell, was that comminge of the Boheminans vnto vs, to thintente to heare Wicklyfe, of whom wee spake before, who at that time red openly at Oxforde: and also the going of our men to the sayde Bohemians, when pesecution was raysed agaynst vs. But much more notable was it, that wee had sene come to passe in these our dayes: that the Spaniardes sent for into this Realme of purpose to suppresse the Gospell, as sone as they were retourned home, replenyshed many partes of theyr Country with the same truth of religion, to the which before they were vtter enemies. By the which examples it might euidently be perceyued, that the Princes of this world labour in vaine to ouerthrowe it, considering how the mercy of God hath sowē it abroad, not onely in those countreys that wee spake of, but also in Fraunce, Poole, Scotland, and almoste al the rest of Europe. For it is sayd, that some partes of Italy, (although it be vnder the Popes nose) yet do they of late enclyne to the knowledge of the heauenly truth: Wherfore sufficient argument & profe might be taken by the successe and encreasemēt therof, to make vs beleue that this doctrine is sent vs from heauen, vnlesse wee wil wilfully be blinded. And if there were any that desired to be perswaded more at large in the matter, he myght aduisedly consider the viage that themperour and the Pope with both they powers together, made ioyntly agaynst the Bohemians. In the which the Emperour toke such an vnworthy repulse of so smal a handfull of his enemies, that hee neuer almost in al his life toke the like dishonor in any place. Hereof also myght be an especiall example that death of Henry Kynge of Fraunce, who the same day that he had purposed to persecute the church of Christ, and to haue bourned certayne of his garde, whom he had in prison for religion, at whose execution he had promised to haue ben him selfe in proper person, in the middes of his triumphe at

[Back to Top]
a tour-
Go To Modern Page No:  
Click on this link to switch between the Modern pagination for this edition and Foxe's original pagination when searching for a page number. Note that the pagination displayed in the transcription is the modern pagination with Foxe's original pagination in square brackets.
Type a keyword and then restrict it to a particular edition using the dropdown menu. You can search for single words or phrases. When searching for single words, the search engine automatically imposes a wildcard at the end of the keyword in order to retrieve both whole and part words. For example, a search for "queen" will retrieve "queen", "queene" and "queenes" etc.
Humanities Research Institute  *  HRI Online  *  Feedback
Version 2.0 © 2011 The University of Sheffield