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Actes and Monuments of the Churche.

whiche was reported of them, notwithstanding all men behelde Procopius saying, this is he, whiche hath ouerthrowen the Papistes in so many battayles, whiche hath subuerted so many townes, and slayne so many men, whom both his enemies and also his own soldiours, do feare and reuerence. And also, that he was a bolde, valiaunt and inuincible Captaine, which could not be ouercome with no terrour labour or trauaile. These Bohemian Embassadours were gentilly receiued, MarginaliaThe oratiō of Cardinal Iulian.the next daye after, Cardinall Iulianus, sending for them vnto the councelhouse made a gentle, long & eloquent oration vnto them, exhorting them to vnitie and peace, sayinge, that the churche was the spouse of our sauiour Christe, and the mother of all faithful, that it hath the keyes of byndyng and losyng, and also that it is white and fayre, without spot or wryncle, and can not erre in those pointes whiche are necessarie to saluation: and that he whiche doth contemne the same churche is to be counted as a prophane, ethnike, and publicane, neither can this churche be represented better, by any meanes, than in this councell. He exhorted them also to receiue the decrees of the councell, and to geue no lesse credit vnto the councell than vnto the Gospell, by whose authoritie, the scriptures them selues are receiued and allowed. Also that the Bohemians whiche call them selues the children of the churche, ought to heare the voyce of their mother, which is neuer vnmindful of her chyldren, how that now of late they haue lyued apart from their mother, but that is no newe or straunge thinge, for there haue bene many in times past, which haue forsaken their mother, and yet sekinge after saluatyon haue retourned to her againe In the tyme of Noes floud, as many as weare wythoute the arke pearyshed. The Lordes passeouer is to be eaten in one house. There is no saluation to be sought for out of the churche, and that thys is the Garden and famous Fountaine of water, wherof whosoeuer shall drincke, shall not thirst euerlastingly. That the Bohemians haue done as they oughte, in that they haue soughte the fountaines of thys water at the councell, and haue determined now at length to geue eare vnto their mother. Nowe all hatred ought to cease, all armour and weapon is to be laid apart, and all occasyon of warre vtterly to be reiected. For the fathers would louingly and gently here whatsoeuer thei wold say in their owne cause or quarell, requirynge only that they would wyllingly receaue and embrace, the good councels and determinatiōs of the sacred Synode. Wherunto not only the Bohemians, but also all other faithfull christians, ought to consent and agree, if they wyl be partakers of eternall lyfe. MarginaliaThe Bohemians aunswer to the Cardinals oration.This oration of the Cardinalles was hard and very well allo-wed of the fathers, wherunto the Bohemiās aunswered in fewe wordes, that they neither had contempned the churche nor the councels, that the sentence geuen at Constance against those whiche were vnhard, doth diminishe nothing of the christian religion. That the autoritie of the fathers, hath alwayes remained amōgest them inuiolate, and whatsoeuer thing the Bohemians had taught to be cōfirmed by the scriptures & gospel, & that they are nowe come to manifest their innocēcie befor þe whole churche, & to require open audience where as the laitie may also be presēt. The request was graunted them, and being further demaunded in what pointes thei did disagre frō the church of Rome. MarginaliaTharticles wherin the Bohemiās dissented frō the church of Rome.Thei propoūded foure articles. First they affirmed that all suche as wold be saued: ought of necessity to receiue the communion of the laste supper vnder bothe kyndes of bread and wyne.

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Marginalia2The second artycle, they affyrmed all ciuyll rule and dominion to be forbidden vnto the cleargy, by the law of God.

Marginalia3The third article, that the preaching of the word of God is free for all men, & in al places.

Marginalia4The fourth article, as touching opē crimes & offences whiche are in no wyse to be suffred for the auoiding of greater euil. These were þe only propositions whiche they propounded before the councell in the name of the whole realme. MarginaliaAnother obiection against the BohemiāsThē another Ambassade affirming that he had hard of the Bohemiās, diuers & sondry thinges offensiue to the christiā eares, amōgst the which this was one point, that they shulde preache that the inuention of the order of begging friers was diabolical. Then Procopius rising vp said, neither is it vntrue, for if nether Moises, nether before him þe patriarkes nether after him þe prophetes, nether in þe newe lawe Christ & his Apostles, did institute the order of begging friers, who doth doubt, but þt it was an inuentiō of the deuil, & a worke of darknes. This answere of Procopius, was derided of thē al, & Cardinal Iulianus wēt about to proue that not onely þe decrees of þe Patriarkes & Prophetes, & those thinges which Christ & his Apostles had instituted to be only of God, but also al such decrees as þe church should ordein, beyng guided through the holy ghost, to be þe works of God. Albeit as he said, þe order of begging friers, might seme to be takē out of some part of þe gospel. MarginaliaCertain appointed by þe Bohemians and the coūcell to dispute.The Bohemiās chose out iiii diuines which shuld declare their articles to be taken out of the scriptures. Likewise on þe contrary part ther was iiii. apointed by þe coūcel. This disputatiō continued fifty dayes, many thīgs alleged on ether part, þe which by þe grace of god, we wil discours more at large, whē as we com vnto þe coūcel of basel. But in þe mean time, for þe due obseruatiō of þe nōber of yeres, we wil adioyne þe history of þe famous martyr

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