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to be infected with any hereticall or false doctrine, that he should sende his Ambassadours the whiche might correct and amend the same, if there be any error or faute in them. And that all this should be done at the only costes and charges of the kyng of Boheme, & to promise in his name that he would ayde and asyst the byshops Legates with all his whole power & autoritie, to punyshe all suche as should be taken or founde in any erronious doctrine. In the meane season also Iohn Hus before his daye appointed, sent his lawfull and mete procurours vnto the courte of Rome, and with moste firme and strong reasons, did proue his innocencie, whereupon he trusted so, that he thought he should haue easely obtained that he should not haue bene compelled, by reason of the great daunger to appeare at the daye appointed. But when as the Cardinall de Collumna, vnto whose wyll and iudgement the whole matter was committed, would not admitte no defence or excuse. Iohn Hus his procurators, appealed vnto the highe byshop, yet notwithstanding, this laste refuge did not so muche preuayle with Cardinall de Columna but that he would openly excōmunicate Iohn Hus as an obstinat heretike, because he came not at his daye appointed vnto Rome. Not withstanding for so much as his Procurators had appealed vnto the highe byshop, they had other iudges appointed vnto them, as Cardinall Aquileianus, and Cardinall Venetus, with certen others. The whiche iudges after thei had prolonged and differred the matter by the space of one yeare and a halfe, at the laste they retourned to the sentence and iudgement of Cardinall de Columna, and confirminge the same. Commaunded Iohn Hus his Procurators, that they should leaue of to defend him any more, for they would suffer it no lenger. Whereupon when his Procurators woulde not cease their instant sute, certain of thē were cast into pryson and greuously punished, the other leauing their busines vndone, retourned into Boheme: Howe euill and wicked these their doinges were, good men will easly iudge and knowe. And both in the Canon and Ciuil lawes, there are moste euident decrees contrary to whiche they haue proceaded in this their iudgement of the courte of Rome. All these thynges Iohn Hus by his own hand wryting doth declare more at large, as in his Epistles it dooth plainly appeare. Marginalia1414. The coūcel of Cōstāce.But to retourne to more wayghty matters, as touching the cause of Iohn Hus, whiche was moste cruelly handled at the councel of Cōstance, in An. M.iiiiC.xiiii. yeare after the Natiuitie of our Lord Iesus. The Emperour Sigismonde and Pope Iohn, the xxiii. of that name, caused it to be published thorowe all places that there should a generall councel assemble at Constance whichis in the countrey of Germany. The said Emperour sent certaine Gentlemen Bohemians whiche were of his owne housholde, geuinge them in charge to bryng Iohn Hus Bacheler of Diuinitie, vnto the sayd councell, and that vnder his saue conduite, the meaning & intent therof was, that Iohn Hus should purge and cleare hym selfe of the blame whiche they had layde against him, and for the more better assurauuce, The Enperour did not onely promise him saueconduite that he might come frely vnto Constance, but also to retourne again into Boheme without fraude or interruptiō. He promised also to receaue him vnder his protection and vnder sauegarde of the holie Empyre. For the same only cause the Emperour sent him afterwardes the said saue conduites double wrytten, both in Latine and Almaine, þe forme wherof doth hereafter ensue.

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MarginaliaThe safe cōduct geuen to mayster Ihō Hus.Sygismond by the grace of God kyng of the Romaines, of Hungary & Denmarke, Croatia &c. To all prynces aswell Ecclesiasticall as Seculer, Dukes, Marques, and Earles, Barrons, Captaines, Borowmaisters, Iudges and Gouernours, officers of townes burgages and villages, and vnto all rulers of the cominaltie, and generally to all þe subiectes of our Empyre, to whom these letters shal come grace and all goodnes.

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We charge and commaunde you all, that you haue respect vnto Iohn Hus, the which is departed out of the Realme of Boheme, to come vnto the generall councell, the which shall be celebrate and holden very shortelye at the towne of Constance. The whiche Iohn Hus we haue receiued vnder our protection & saufegarde of the whole Empire, desiring you that you wyl chearfully receiue him when he shall come towardes you, & that you intreate & hādle him gently, shewing him fauour and good wyll, and showe him pleasure in all thynges, as touching the forewardnes ease and assurance of his iourney, as well by lande as by water. Moreouer we will that he and al his company with his cariage and necessaries, shall passe thoroweout all places, passages, portes, brydges, landes, gouernaunces, lordships, lyberties, cities, townes, bourgages, castels and villages, and all other your dominions, without paying of any maner of impositiō or dane mony, yeage, tribute, or any other manner of tolle whatsoeuer it be, we will also that you suffer him to passe, rest, tarry, and to seiourne at libertie, without doing vnto him any maner of impechement or vexation or trouble, & that if nede shall so require, you doo prouide a faithfull company to conduct him withall for the honour and reuerence which you owe vnto our imperiall maiestie. Yeuen at Spyre the xviii. day of October, in the yeare of our Lord God. M.iiii.C.xiiii.

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