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scholes. And the fyrste manne that aunsweared Doctor Barnes in the scriptures, was maister Stafford for his form of Bachelar of deuinitye shyp, which was maruelous in the sighte of the great blind doctors, and ioyful to the godly spirited, and what with his reding, disputation, and preaching he became maruelous mighty in the scriptures, preched sore euer against bishops and hipocrites, and yet he did not se his inward and outward Idolatry, that he bothe taughte and maintained, till that good man master Bilney, with other as is aforesaide in the life of maister Bilney, conuerted him wholy vnto Christ. And the fyrst sermond that euer he preached of thys truth, was the sonday before Christmas daye 

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24 December 1525.

at S. Edwardes church longing to Trinity Hall in Cambridge by þe Pease market: whose theme was, the Pistel of the same sondaye, Gaudete in domino. &c. and so postelled the whole Pistle, folowing the scripture and Luthers postil, and for that sermond he was immediatly accused of heresy by two fellowes of the kinges hall. The the seacreat learned in Christ both of Penbroke Hall, Saint Iones, Peter House, Quenes Colledge, the Kinges Colledge, Gounwell Hall, & Benet Colledge shewed them selues, and flocked together in open sight, both in the scoles, & at open sermondes, at S. Maries, and at the Gustens & at other disputations. And then they cōferred cōtinually together, & the house that they resorted to most cōmonly was the white horse 
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Foxe's own informants appear to be the source for this detail, which - despite the lack of any corroboration - has become a hoary myth of the early English Reformation. The myth, and the state of early Protestantism in Cambridge generally, is soberly assessed in Richard Rex, 'The early impact of Reformation theology at Cambridge University, 1521-1547' in Reformation and Renaissance Review vol. 2 (1999), 38-71.

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, which for spite of thē to bring gods word into cōtēpt was called Germany, & that house was chosen because of thē of S. Iones. The kinges Colledge & the Quenes colledge came in on þe backe side, for thē muche trouble begā to ensue, for his accusers accused him in þe regent house befor þe vice chācelor: wheras his articles were presēted wt him & receiued he promising to make answer at the next conuocation, & so it was don, thē D. Nottoris a ranke ennemy to Christe, moued D. Barnes to recāt, but he wold not recant them. Which appereth in his boke þt he made to kinge Henrye the viii. in English, cōfuting the iudgement of C. Wolsey, & the residue of the bishops papistical, & so for þe time stode stedfast, MarginaliaTrouble amongste Cambridge mē for the gospell. & this tragedy cōtinued in Cābridge, one preching agaīst another in trying out of gods truth, vntill wtin vi. daies of Shrofetide. Then sodenly was sent down to Cābridge a sergeaunt of armes, called M. Gibson, dwelling in s. Thomas Apostles in London, who sodenly rested D. Barnes openly in þe conuocation house to make al other afraid: and preuely they had determined to make search for Luthers bokes, & al the Germaines workes sodenly.

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But good master D. Farman of the Quenes colledge, sent word incontinētly therof to þe chābers of those þt wer suspected, which were in nūber xxx. persons. But god be praised they wereconueied, by þe time the sergeaunt at armes, the vice chancelor & the proctors were at euery mās chāber, going directly to the place wher þe bokes lay: wherby it was perceiued þt there were some preuy spies amongst that smal company, & that night they studied together & gaue him his aunswere, & in the morning was caried to London wt him, which was þe Tuesday before Shroue sōday, & came on the Wensday to Lōdon & lay at M. Parnels house by the stocks. In the morning he was caried by þe sergeaunt at armes to Cardinal Wolsey to Westminster, waiting ther al day, & could not speke wt him til night. Then by the reason of doctor Gardiner, the secretorye to the Cardinall, and maister Foxe master of the Wardes, he spake the same nighte wt my Lorde Cardinal in the chāber of estate, kneling on hys knees. Thē said my Lord C. to them, is this D. Barnes your man? That is accused of heresye? Yea & please your grace. And we trust you shall finde him reformable, for he is both wel learned and wise. what master D. had you not an ample scope in the scriptures sufficientlye to teache the people, but my golden shewes, my pollaxes, my pillers, my goldē cuishēs, my crosses did so sore offend you, that you made vs Ridiculū caput amongst þe people? we were iolily þt day laughed to skorn: Verely it was a sermōd more fitter to be preached on a stage then in a pulpit, for at the last you said I ware a pair of red gloues, I shuld say bloudy gloues, that I should not be cold in þe middest of my ceremonies. And he answered. I spake nothing but þe truth, the scriptures according to my conscience, & according to the old doctors: & then did he deliuer him vi. shetes of Paper to confirm & coroborat his sayings. He receiued thē smiling on him & saying, we perceiue thē that you intend to stand to your articles and to shew your learning. Yea said Barnes þt I do entend by gods grace, wt your lordships fauor. He answered, such as you are beare vs litle fauor & the catholicke church, I wil aske you a question, whether do you thincke it more necessarye that I shoulde haue all this royalty, because I represent the kinges Maiesties parson in all the hye courtes of this realme, to the terror and kepyng down of all rebelliōs, Treasons, Traitors, and all the wicked and corrupte members of thys common wealthe, then to be as symple as you woulde haue vs: to sell all these aforesaide thinges, to geue it to the power: whiche shortly will pisse it againste the walles, and to pull awaye this Maiestye of a princelye dignity, which is a terroure to all the wicked, and to followe your councell in this behalfe. He aunswered, I think it necessarye to be soulde and geuen to the poore. For thys is not comely for your calling. Nor the kinges maiestye is not maintained by your pompe & polaxes, but by God who saithe, per me reges regnant, kings and their maiesties

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