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I take God to my wytnes before the Emperours Maiestie here present, and the moste reuerent fathers Cardinals and Byshops, that in this accusation of Iohn Hus, I haue not vsed any hatred or euill wyll: but that I might satisfie the othe whiche I toke when I was made doctor, that I would be a most cruel and sharpe ennemie of al maner of errours for the profit and commoditie of the holy catholyke churche. Mychaell de Causis did also the lyke. And I, sayd Iohn Hus, doo commyt all these thynges vnto the heauenly iudge whiche shall iustly iudge the cause or quarell of bothe parties. Then sayd the Cardinall of Cambray, I cannot a lytle commend and prayse the humanitie & gentlenes of maister Pallettes, which he hath vsed in drawynge out the articles against maister Iohn Hus, for as we haue heard there are many thinges conteined in his boke muche worse and detestable.

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When he had spoken these wordes, the byshop of Rygen vnto whome Iohn Hus was committed, commaunded that the sayde Iohn Hus should be caried agayne safely vnto pryson. MarginaliaIhō de Clū doth cōforte Iohn HusThen Iohn de Clum followyng hym, did not a little incourage and comforte hym. No tongue can expresse what a courage and stomake he receiued by the short talke whiche he had with hym: when as in so great a broyle & greuous hatred, he sawe hym selfe in a maner forsaken of all men. MarginaliaThe Emperours oration to þe president of the counsell.After that Iohn Hus was caried away, the Emperour began to exhorte the presydentes of the councell in this maner saying. You haue heard the manifold and greuous crymes whiche are layde against Iohn Hus, whiche are not only proued by manifeste and strong witnesses, but also cōfessed by him, of the whiche euery one of them by my iudgement and aduice haue deserued, and are worthy of death. Therfore except he doo recante, them al I iudge and thinke mete that he be punyshed with fyer, and albeit he doo that which he is wylled and commaunded to doo: notwithstanding I doo councell you that he be forbyd the office of preaching and teaching, and also that he retourne no more into the kyngdome of Boheme, for if he bee admitted agayne to teache and preache, and specially in the kyngdome of Boheme, he wil not obserue and kepe that whiche he is commaunded, but hopynge vpon the fauour and good wyll of suche as be his adherentes and fautours, there he wyll retourne againe vnto his fourmer purpose and intent, and then besydes these errours he will also sowe newe errours amongest the people, so the last errour shalbe worse then the fyrste. Moreouer I iudge and thinke it good that his articles whiche are condemned should be sent vnto my brother the kyng of Boheme, and afterward into Pole and other prouinces, wheras mens myndes are replenished with his doctrine, with this commaundement, that whosoeuer doo proceade to holde or kepe the same: they should by the common ayde bothe of the Ecclesiasticall and Ciuill power be punyshed, so at the length shal remedy be founde for this mischief, if the bowes together with the roote, be vtterly rooted and pulled vp: and that the byshops & other Prelates whiche here in this place haue laboured and trauayled for the extirpating of this heresie, be commended by the whole voyces of the councell vnto the kynges and princes vnder whose dominion they are. MarginaliaHierome of Prage.Last of all, if there be any founde here at Constance whiche are familiars vnto Iohn Hus, they also ought to be punyshed with suche seueritie and punishement as due vnto them and specially his scholler Hierome of Prage, then sayde the reste, when the maister is once punyshed, we hope we shall fynde the scholler muche more tractable and gentle. After they had spoken these wordes they departed out of the Cloyster where they were assembled and gathered together. The day before his condemnation whiche was the sixt daye of Iuly, the Emperour Sygismonde sent vnto hym fours byshoppes, accompanied with maister Wencelate de Duba, and Iohn de Clum, that they should learne and vnderstande of him what he dyd intend to doo. MarginaliaThe pitiful and louinge oration of Iohn de Clum vnto Iohn Hus.When as he was brought out of pryson vnto them, Iohn de Clum begā first to speake vnto hym saying, Maister Iohn Hus I am a man vnlearned, neither am I able to councell or aduertise you, beyng a man of learning or vnderstanding, notwithstāding I doo requyre you, if you knowe your selfe giltie of any of those errors whiche are obiected and layde against you before the councell: that you will not be ashamed to alter and chaunge your mynde to the wil and pleasure of the coūcell, if contrarywyse I wyll be no author vnto you, that you should doo any thyng contrary or against your conscience, but rather to suffer and endure any kynde of punishment then to denie that whiche you haue knowen to be the truthe. MarginaliaThe maruelous constācie of Iohn Hus.vnto whome Iohn Hus turning hym selfe with lamentable teares sayde, verely as before I haue often tymes done. I doo take the moste highe God for my witnes, that I am ready with my whole heart and mynde. If the councell can instructe or teache me any better by the testimonies of the holy scripture. I wyl be ready with all my heart to alter & chaunge my purpose. Then one of the byshops whiche sate by, sayde vnto hym, that he would neuer be so arrogant or proude, that he would preferre his owne mynde or opinion before the iudgement of the whole councell, to whome Iohn Hus aunswered neither do I otherwise mynde or intende, for if he whiche is the meanest or least in all this councell, can conuicte me errour, I will with a gentle heart & minde

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