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which truly semed to be no other thē a certain opinion disagreing from the false writinges of some men touching the traditions and possessions of the churche, worshiping of Images, & the subiect of the Sacramēt of þe supper with other sacramēts. After Wicklieffes time, Walden in his second boke iii. Article, and L. chap. written vnto Pope Martin the v. against the fauourers of Wickleffes secte, maketh mentiō of a certaine Parliament in England, also in his boke of Sacramentals Liii. he saieth that after Wickleffe, many suffred moste cruell death, and many more did forsake the Realme,but what they were or what kinde of punishement they suffred he left no mention. But we will not suffre their names to be blotted out with silence, which we might by any meanes picke out: But sure we are greatly sorye that there came nothing els into our handes but only their bare names. Wold to God that the constant diligence of our predicessours had preserued in memory for vs the whole order of their life, the forme of their proces and iudgement, and what was to be obserued in their aduersaries, or to be cōmended in them. Albeit that matter were not greatly for our purpose, for so much as all those thinges could not bee conteined in a fewe volumes, and that also by those few it were easy to be iudged what a mā may thinke as touching the crueltie of the Papistes against all men.

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¶ Iohn Astonne.

Marginalia1382.IN the story before, we haue made mentiō of one Iohn Astonne who was a supporter of Wickleffe, he being cited by Arundel archebishop of Caūterbury, was by him condemned, but for so much as it is vncertaine whether he died in prison or that he was burned, we wil passe ouer vnto the M.iiii C. year, for so much as frō that year al the persecution whiche hath so long continued in the church, toke his originall and beginning, but before we procede vnto this yeare, we thought good to annexe a certen libell of reformation exhibited vp vnto the Parliament, by certaine of Wickleffes adherentes.

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MarginaliaHere beginneth the booke of Reformation.Not long after these daies in þe yeare of our Lord M. iii.C.xcv. There was a boke of certaine conclusions called the boke of Reformation, exhibited and put vp vnto the parliamēt, the chief Autor whereof as it is reported, was the most noble and valiaunt knight and constant Martyr the Lorde Iohn Oldecastell, of whome God willing, we wil hereafter speake at large, in the meane time this boke of Reformation, because it happened in those daies and is worthy to be remembred, I haue thought it good to place it in this place, but so that the booke shal vse his own stile and phrase, that itmay shewe and declare vnto the Reder the monument of his antiquitie.

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¶ The boke of Conclusions or Reformations, exhibited to the Parliament holden at London, in the xviii. year of the raigne of kyng Richard the second, and in the yeare of our Lord M. iii. C. xcv.

Marginalia1395.THe first conclusion, when as the churche of England began first to dote in tēporalities according to his great mother in lawe the churche of Rome, and the churches were autorised by appropriations: faithe, hope, and charitie, began in diuers places to vanishe and flie awaye from our churche, for so muche as pride with her most lamentable and dolerous Geneologie of mortall and deadly sinnes, did chalēge that place by title of truth, and this conclusion is generall and approued by experience, custome and maner, as ye shall here hereafter.

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MarginaliaPapisticall priesthood.The second conclusion, that our vsual priest hode whiche toke his fained original at Rome by a higher power vnto Englād, it is not that priesthod whiche Christ ordeined vnto his Disciples. This conclusion is thus proued, for so muche as the Romish priesthood is done with signes and pontificall rytes and cerimonies, and benedictions, of no force and effect, neither hauing any grounde in Scripture, for so much as the byshops ordinall and the newe Testament do nothing at all agree, neither do we se that the holy Ghost dooth geue any good gifte thorowe any suche signes or ceremonies, because that he together with all noble and good giftes can not consiste and be in any persone with deadly sinne. The effect of this conclusiō is, that it is a lamentable and dolorous mockery vnto wise men, to see the byshops mocke and play with the holy Ghost in the geuing of their orders, because they geue Crownes for their carracters and markes, in stede of whyte hartes for this carracter is the marke of Antichrist brought into this holy church to cloke & colour their idlenes.

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MarginaliaThe single lyfe of priestes.The third conclusion, that the lawe of chastitie enioned vnto priesthood, the whiche was first ordeined to the preiudice of wemen induceth Sodomie into the churche, but ye doo excuse you by the Bible, because the suspecte decree dooth saye: that we shoulde not name it. Reason and experience proueth this conclusion. MarginaliaHe doth very excellently paint out the lecherus Clergie.Reason proueth it thus, for so muche as the delicate feeding and fare of the Clergie, will haue either a naturall purgation, or els some worse, experience for so muche as the secret trialll and profe of suche men is, that they doo delite in wemen. And whensoeuer thou doost proue or see such a man, marke him wel, for he is one of that nomber. The sum of this

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