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Actes and Monuments of the Churche.

Seuenthly, he sayeth that anneiling is but a ceremonie, and that the oylyng or annoyntyng doth litle profit.

Eightly he confesseth to haue had the newe Testament translated into Englyshe by William Tyndall, and that he offended not God in kepyng and vsyng the same, notwithstanding the kynges proclamation to the contrary, for that the churche of Christe had not forbydden it.

Moreouer that he had in his kepyng, the bokes of the wycked mammon, the obedience of a Christen man, The practise of Prelates, the aunswere of Tyndall vnto Syr Thomas Mores dialogue. The booke of Fryth against purgatorie. The epistle of George Ioie. All which bokes, he affirmed to be good for ought that he euer read in them.

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All these articles aforesayde, he worthely defended and mainteined before the said byshop, not only by subscribyng his hand to the same, but also by sondrie notable quotacions, sette downe with his owne hande in the margent of the sayde byshoppes register, but alacke, the frayeltie of the fleshe was suche, that through perswasion and feare the next day followyng, he did in a maner recant all the forsayde articles, whereupon the thirde daye of the moneth of February in the same yeare, after muche a do he was forced to abiure & to beare his faggot before the crosse in procession at Paules, to stande before the preacher duryng the sermon at Paules crosse with his faggot on his necke, he was also fyned at xx. pounde to the kyng, after this he was committed to pryson agayne, till the xvii. daye of February, and then released.

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¶ The proces against Iames Bainam in case of relaps.

THe xxii. day of April 1532. M. Richard foxford vicar general to þe byshop of Londō, accōpanied with certen deuines & Mathew greftone the register, sitting iudicially. Iames bainam was brought before him by the Lieuetenaunt of the tower, before whom the vicar general rehersed the articles cōteined in his abiuration before made, & shewed him a bounde boke, which the said Bainam acknowleged to be his own writing, saiyng that it was good, then he shewed him more of a certē lettre sent vnto þe B. of Londō, the which also he acknowleged to be his, obiecting also to the said Bainā that he had made & read the abiuration which he had before recited, shewyng him moreouer certen letters which he had written vnto his brother, þe which he cōfessed to be his own writing: saying moreouer, though he wrote it, yet that there is one thing in þe same þt is nought, if it be as my lord Chauncelour saith. Thē he asked of Bainā how he vnderstode those thīgs which were in his letters: yet coulde they not se nor know him for God, whē in dede he wasboth God & mā, yea he was iii. persons in one the father, the sonne, & the holy ghost, & bainā saide it is naught, whiche thinges thus done, ther was further obiected vnto him these wordes, that he had as leif pray to Ioane his wyfe as to our ladye, the whiche article Bainam denied The said Bainam amōgest other talke as touching the sacrament of the altar sayde, Christes body is not chewed with teeth, but receiued by faith, further it was obiected agaīst him that notwithstanding his abiuration, he had said þt the sacrament of the altar was but a mistical or memorial body, the which article Bainam denied. It was further laid vnto him that he should say that s. Thomas of Canterbury MarginaliaThomas Becket.was a thief & a murtherer, & a deuill in hel, wherunto he answered thus, that s. Thomas of Canterbury was a murtherer, & if he did not repent him of his murther, he was rather a deuil in hel than a saint in heauen.

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The xxii. day of April in the year aforsaid, þe said Iames Bainā was brought before the vicar general in the church of al saintes of Barking, wher as he ministred these interrogatories vnto him. First that since the feast of Easter last past, he had said, affirmed & beleued, þt the sacrament of the altar was but a misticall body of Christ, & afterward he said it was but a memorial, the whiche article Bainā denied, thē the vicar general declared vnto him, þt our holy mother the catholike church determineth & teacheth in this maner, þt in the sacramēt of the altar after the wordes of cōsecration there remaineth no bread. The official asked Bainā whether he did so beleue or not, wherūto Bainam answered, saying, that S. Paul calleth it bread, rehersing these wordes. Quotiescunq; cōmederitis panē hunc et de poculo biberitis mortē di annunciabitis, & in that point he saith as S. Paul saith, & beleueth as þe church beleueth & being demaunded twise afterward what he thought therin, he wold geue no other āswer.

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Itē that since the feast of Easter aforsaid, he hath affirmed & beleued þt euery man þt would take vpon him to preach the gospel of Christe clerely, he had as much power as þe Pope, to þe which article he answered thus, he that preacheth the word of God whatsoeuer he be, & lyueth therafter, he hath the keye that bindeth & looseth, both in heauē & earth, the which key is þe same scripture þt is preached, & the pope hath no other power to binde & to loose, but by the keye of scripture.

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Item that he affirmed that S. Thomas of Canterbury was a thief & a murtherer and in hell, wherunto he aunswered as before.

Itē þt he said he had as liefe to pray to Ioane his wife as to our lady, þe which he denied.

Itē þt he affirmed & beleued þt Christ himself was but a mā, þe which article he also denied.

The premisses thus passed, þe vicar generall receiued Frances Realmes, Iohn Edwardes,

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