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sweared. Nicolas, I thinke that the sacramēt of the aultare is very God and very man, the very flesh and very bloud of our Lorde Iesus Christ, vnder forme of bread and wine. Vnto whome Nicolas in derision said. Truely if þe sacrament of the altare be very God and very man, and the very body and bloud of our lord Iesus Christ, then maye very God and verye man be put in a small roume. As when it is in the priestes mouthe, that receyueth it at masse. And why maye not we simple men, as wel eat flesh vpon fridaies and all other prohibited daies, as the priest to eat the flesh and the bloud of our Lord euery day indifferētly. The which article, the said Nicolas denyed þt he spake vnto mayster Colman, but vnto a monke of Hockesney. And furthermore he thought he had spoken wel in that behalfe.

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Item that on Corpus Christy day at the eleuation of high masse, when as al the parishners and other straungers kneled down, holding vp their handes, and doing reuerēce vnto the sacrament, the saide Nicolas went behinde a piller of the church, and turning hys face from the highe altare, mocked them that did reuerence vnto the sacrament.

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This article he also acknowledging, affyrmed that he beleued him self to do well in so doing.

Item when his mother would haue þe sayd Nicolas to lifte vp his right hand, & to crosse him self from the craftes and assaultes of the deuill, and for so muche as he deferred the doing therof, his mother toke vp his right hand and crossed him saying. In nomine patris et filii, et spiritus sancti. Amen. which so ended the said Nicolas immediatlye deridinge hys mothers blessyng, toke vp his right hande of hys own accord, and blessed him saying: no Pater, no filius, no spiritus sanctus. This article the said Nicolas acknowledged to confyrme hys owne person.

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Item that vpon al Holland day in the time of eleuation of high masse, when as many of the parishoners of Eye, lighted many torches and caried them vp to the high altare kneling downe there in reuerence and honor of the sacrament, the said Nicolas caryinge a torche, went vp hard to the high altare, and stādinge behinde the priestes back saying masse, at the time of the eleuation he stode vprighte vpon his fete, turning his back to the priest, and his face toward the people, and woulde do no reuerence vnto the sacrament. This article he acknowledged, affirming that he thought he had doone wel in that behalf. All which artycles the bishops commissary caused to be copied out word for word, and to be sent vnto master William Woorsted, prior of the Cathedral church of Norwich, and to other doctors of deuinity, of the order of begging Friers, þtthey might deliberate vpon them, and shewe their mindes betwene that and thursday next following. Vpon which thursday beinge the last day of Nouembre the yeare aforesaid, the said Nicolas was again examined before master Barnam and diuers other vpon ii. other articles which he had confessed vnto Ihō Exetor notary, and Thomas Gerusten bacheler of deuinity and others. Wherof the first article was thus, that the saide Nicolas Canone being of perfect minde and remembrance, confessed that he douted whether in the sacramēt of the aultare, were the very body of Christe or no. This article he confessed before the cōmissary to be true.

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Item that he being of perfect minde and remembraunce, beleued that a man oughte not to confesse his synnes to a priest.

This article he also confessed, that he doubted vpon. Nowe remaineth to declare what these doctors aforesaid concluded vpon tharticles, whose answer vnto the same was this.

Fyrst of all as touchinge the firste Artycle they saide that the article in the same termes as it was propounded is not symplely an heresy but an error.

Item as touching the second article, the doctors agre as in the first.

Item as touching the third article, they affyrme that it is an heresy.

Vnto the fourth article they answeared as vnto the fyrst and second.

Item the doctors affyrme the fift article to be an heresy.

Item as touchinge the syxt article, the doctors conclude that if the saide Nicolas beinge of perfect minde and remembrance did doubte whether the sacrament of the altare were the very perfect body of Christ or no, then that article is simplely an heresy.

whervpō the said commissary declared and pronounced the said Nicolas Canon vpō the determination of the forsaid doctors to be an hereticke. And there vpon forced the said Nicolas to abiure al the said articles. That don he enioyned the said Nicolas for penance for his offences. Three whippinges aboute the cloyster of the cathedral church of Norwiche, before a solempn processyon, bare headed and bare fote, carying a Taper of half a pound in his hand, going after the manner aforesayde, like a meere penitentiarie, the whiche hys penaunce the iudge commaunded should be respited vntil the comming of the byshoppe into his diocesse. And that in the meane tyme he shuld be kept in prison, to the end þt he should not infect the flocke with his venom & poison of errors and heresyes.

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Thus haue we briefly discoursed vnto you, the great troubles and afflictions which hapned in Norfolke and Suffolke by the space of

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