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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. 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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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1730 [1649]

A letter written by Iohn Roughe vnto certayne of hys godly frēdes ymmediatly after his condempnation. 
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This letter was printed in every edition of the Acts and Monuments and also in Letters of the Martyrs, pp. 658-59.

THe comforte of the holy Ghost make you able to geue consolation to others, these daungerouse dayes, when Sathan is let loose but to the tryall onlye of the chosen, when it pleaseth our God to shifte his wheate from the chaffe. I haue not leasure and time to write the greate tēptacions I haue bene vnder. I speak to gods glory, my care was, my senses of my soule open to perceaue the voyce of god, saying who that denieth me before men, them will I deny before my father and his Angells. And to saue the lyfe corporall is to lose the lyfe eternall. And he that will not suffer with Christ, shall not raigne with hym. Therfore most tender ones, I haue by gods spirit geuen ouer the flesh, with the fighte of my soule: and the spirit hath the victory. The flesh shal now yer it be longe leaue of to synne: the spirite shall raigne eternally. I haue chosen the death to cōfirme the truth by me taughte. what can I do more? consider with your selues, that I haue done it for confirmation of Gods truth. Praye that I maye continue vnto the ende: the greate parte of the assaulte is past. I prayse my God, I haue in all my assaultes, felte the presente ayde of my god, I geue him most harty thanks therfore. loke not backe, nor be yee ashamed of christes gospell, nor of the bonds I haue suffered for the same: therby ye may be assured it is the true word of God. the holy ones haue bene sealed with the same marke. It is no time for the losse of one man in the battell, for the camp to turne backe. Vp with mans hartes. blowe downe the dawbed walles of heresyes. let one take the Banner, an other the trumpet (I meane not to make corporall resistaunce, but pray) & ye shal haue Elyas defence, & Helizeus company to fight for you. the cause is the lords Now my bretherne I can write no more, time wil not suffer. my hart with panges of death is assaulted. But I am at home with my god, yet aliue. pray for me, and salute one another with the holy kisse. The peace of God rest with you al, amen. From Newgate prisonne, in hast, the daye of my condemnation.

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Iohn Rough.

Margaret Mearing.

IT is before declared, that in the company of Ihon Roughe was burned one Margaret Mearing, who, as the Register maketh mention, was at one tyme and daye broughte with the sayd Rough forth to examynation: where the byshoppe hauinge no priuate matters to charge her with al, did the. 18. daye of December obiect agaynst her those common and accustomable articles mencioned in the. 1451. pag. To þe which she answered as followeth.

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Marginalia1.Fyrst, that there is here in earth a catholique church, and that there is the true fayth of Christ obserued and kept in the same church.

Marginalia2.Item, that there were only two sacraments in the church, videlicet the sacrament of the bodye and bloud of Christ, and the sacrament of baptisme.

Marginalia3.Item, that shee was baptised in the fayth & beliefe of the said church, renouncing there, by her godfathers and godmothers, the Deuill and all his workes. &c.

Marginalia4.Item, that when she came to the age of. xiiii. yeares, she dyd not knowe what her true beliefe was, because shee was not then of discretion to vnderstand the same, neather yet was taught it.

Marginalia5.Item, that shee hath not gone from the catholike fayth at any tyme: but shee said that the masse was abhominable before the syghte of God, and before the sight of al true christen people, and that it is the plaine cup of fornication and the hoore of Babilon: and as concerning the sacramente of thaulter, shee sayd she beleued there was no such sacramente in the catholique church. And also sayd that shee vtterly abhorred the aucthorite of the Bishop of Rome, with all the religion obserued in the same Antichristes church.

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Marginalia6.Item, shee answered to the sixte article as to the firste, last before specified.

Marginalia7.Item, that shee hath refused to come to her parish church because the true religiō of Christ was not then vsed in the same: & farther saide that shee had not come vnto the church by the space of one yeare and three quarters, thē last past, neather yet did meane any more to come vnto the same, in these ydolatrous dayes.

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Marginalia8.Item, as touching the maner of her apprehension, she sayd that Cluny the Byshoppes Sumner did fetch her to the Byshop.

These answers being then registred, they were agayne (with the sayd articles) propounded agaynst her the. xx. daye of December, and there being demaunded if shee would stand vnto those her answers, she sayd: I will stand vnto it vnto the death. for the very Angels of heauen do laugh you to scorne, to see your abhomination that you vse in the church. After the which woordes the Byshop pronounced the sentence of condempnation: and then deliuering her vnto the Sherifes, shee was wt the forenamed Iohn Rowghe caried vnto Newegate. MarginaliaDecember. 22.From whence they were both together led vnto Smithfield, the. xxii. daye of the same moneth of Decēber, and there most ioyfully gaue theyr lyues, for the profession of Christes Gospell.

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When the latter ende of this history of master Rough and Margaret Mering was in fynishing, there came to our handes one necessary thing of the said Margaret Mering, which we thought not good to omit. 

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In other words, Foxe obtained this story as the 1563 edition was nearing completion. This is a reminder of the steady influx of new information into Foxe's hands as his first two editions were being printed.

The matter is this. Maister Rough being cheife pastor to the congregation, in the sayd tyme of Quene Marye, as before ye haue hearde (of which company thys Margaret Meringe was one) dyd not well lyke the sayd Margaret, but greatly suspected her, as many other of them dyd

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