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Actes and Monumentes of the Churche.

This councell was well accepted, and therupon the Archebyshop Thomas Arundell with his other byshops and a great part of the Clergie, went strayghtwayes vnto the kynge, as than remayning at Kenington. And there laid forth moste greuous complaintes against the saide Lorde Cobham, to his great infamy and blemyshe, being a man most Godly. MarginaliaThe king speaketh for hym.The king gently harde those bloud thursty rauenours, & farre otherwyse than became his pryncely dignitie, he instauntly desyred them that in respect of his noble stocke and knighthode, they shuld yet fauourably deale with him. And that they would if it were possible, without all rygoure or extreme handlyng, reduce hym again to the churches vnitie. MarginaliaHis gentle promise.He promised them also that in case they were not contented to take some deliberation, his selfe would seriously common the matter with hym.

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Anone after the kyng sent for the sayd Lord Cobham. MarginaliaHis admonishement.And as he was come he called hym secretly, admonishyng hym betwyxt hym and hym, to submit himself to his mother the holy churche, and as an obedient chylde, to acknowledge him selfe culpable, vnto whome the christen knyght made this aunswere, you mooste worthy prynce saith he, I am alwayes prompt and willyng to obey, forsomuche as I knowe you a Christen kyng, and the appointed minister of God, bearing the sworde to the punishment of il doers and for sauegarde of them that be vertuous. MarginaliaRom. xiii. i. Peter. ii.Vnto you next my eternal God, owe I my whole obedience and submitte me thereunto, as I haue done euer, al þt I haue eyther of fortune or nature, ready at al tymes to fulfill whatsoeuer ye shall in that Lorde commaunde me: MarginaliaA moost Christē obedience.but as touchyng the Pope & his spiritualtie, truly I owe them neither sute nor seruice, forsomuche as I knowe hym by the scriptures to be the great Antichriste, the son of perdition, the open aduersary of God, & the abhominatiō standing in the holy place. Marginaliaii. Tess. ii. Mat. xxiiii.Whā the kyng had heard this, with suche lyke sentences more, he would talke no longer with hym, but lefte hym so vtterly.

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And as the archebyshop resorted agayne vnto hym for an aunswere, he gaue him his full authoritie to cyte hym, examine hym, and punyshe hym according to the deuelyshe decrees, whiche they call the lawes of holye churche.

MarginaliaCayphas seketh ChristThan the sayde Archebyshop by the councell of his other byshops and clergie, appoynted to call before hym syr Iohn Oldcastell the Lord Cobham, and to cause hym personally to appeare to aunswere to suche suspect articles as they should laye against hym MarginaliaIudas is sent forthe.So sent he forth his chiefe Sommoner, with a very sharp citacion vnto the Castel of Cowlyng, where as he at that tyme dwelt for his solace. And as the sayd Sommoner was come thether, he durst in no case enter the gates of so noble a mā with-out his licence, and therfore he returned home againe, his message not done. Than called the Archbishop one Iohn Butler vnto him, which was than the dore keper of the kynges pryuie chamber, and with him he couenaūted through promises and rewardes, to haue this matter craftely brought to passe vnder the kynges name. MarginaliaIudas kisseth & betrayeth.Wherupon the saide Iohn Butler toke the Archebyshops Somner with hym, & went vnto the sayde Lorde Cobham, shewyng hym that it was the kynges pleasure that he shuld obey that citation, and so cited him fraudulently. Than sayd he to them in fewe wordes, that he in no case would consent to those moste deuelysh practises of the priestes. MarginaliaThe malice of the serpētAs they had informed the Archebyshop of that aunswere, and that it was mete for no man priuately to cyte hym after that, without parel of lyfe: he decreed by and by to haue hym cyted by publike processe or open commaundement. MarginaliaMark the religion of the papists.And in all the haste possible, vpon the wednisdaye before the Natiuitie of our Lady in September, he commaunded letters Citatory to be set vpon the great gates of the cathedrall churche of Rochester (whiche was but thre englyshe myles from thence) chargyng hym to appeare personally before hym at Ledys in the. xi. daye of the same moneth and yeare, all excuses to the contrary set apart. MarginaliaThe citacions taken downe.Those letters were taken downe anone after, by such as bare fauour vnto the Lorde Cobham and so conueyed asyde. After that caused the Archebyshop newe letters to be set vp on the Natiuitie daye of oure Lady, whiche also were rent down and vtterly consumed.

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Marginaliacayphas sitteth in consistory.Than forsomuche as he did not appeare at the daye appointed at Ledis (where as he sate in consistory, as cruell as euer was Cayphas, with his court of hypocrites about hym) he iudged hym, denounced hym, and condempned hym of moste depe cōtumacie. MarginaliaFalse accusacions against him.After that whā he hadde bene falsely infourmed by his hyred spies, and other glosinge glauerers, that the sayde Lord Cobhā had lawghed hym to scorne disdained all his doynges, mainteined his olde opinions, contemned the churches power, the dignitie of a byshop, and the ordre of priesthod (for all these was he than accused) in his mody madnes without iust profe did he openly excōmunicate hym. MarginaliaThe serpēt doth his nature.Yet was he not withall this fierce tyranny qualified but commaunded hym to be cited a fresh, to appeare afore hym the saturdaye before the feaste of saint Mathewe the Apostle, with these cruell threatinges added thereunto. That if he did not obey at the day, he would more extremely handle hym. And to make him selfe more strong towardes the performaunce therof, he compelled the lay power by moste terrible manasinges of curses and interdictions, to assiste him againste that sedicious apostata, scismatike, that heretike þt trou-

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