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any images, nor offred them any candles, neyther kissed them. Also they did not worship the reliques of sainctes, neither the sainctes, whō they would not vouchsafe once to looke vpon. And moreouer, when they passed by the waye by the image of the crosse or other sainctes, thei would do no reuerence vnto thē. Also the priestes did testifie, that they neuer caused them to say any masses, neither Libera me, neither yet Deprofundis, neither would they take any holy water, and if it were caried home vnto their houses, they would not say one God a mercie. Moreouer a mā should neuer se them go a pilgrimage, nor to fetche any pardons how goodly soeuer they were nor neuer so good cheape. Likewyse when it thundred, they would not crosse them selues, but beholding the heauens, fetch depe sighes, some of them woulde kneele downe and pray, without blessing them selues or taking of holy water. Also they were neuer sene to offer any thing to þe basenes for maintenance of lightes or brotherhoodes, and to be brief, thei were neuer sene to offer any maner of offring, neither for the quicke nor the dead.

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But it is moste true, that if they did see any poore man in necessitie, they did louingly help and succour hym according to their power. This was þe whole tenour of the report made vnto Monseur de Langeay, touching the lyfe & behauiour of the inhabitauntes of Merindole, and the other whiche were persetuted: also as touching the arest & that whiche ensued thereupon. Of all these thinges, the saide Monseur de Langeay according to the charge that was geuen him, aduertised the kyng: who vnderstāding these thinges, as a good Prince moued with mercie and pitie, sent letters of grace and pardone, not only for those which were condēpned for default of contumacie, but also for all þe rest of the countrie of Prouince, whiche were accused and suspected in like case: expresly charging and commaunding the said parliament, that they should not hereafter procede so rigorously in such case as thei had done before, but if there were any that could be found or proued by sufficient information that he hadde swarued from the true Christian Religion, either through ignoraunce, or being seduced through some euill spirite, þt then he should haue good demonstration made him by the word of God, as well of the olde & newe Testament, as wel by the gentylenes, as by the rygoure of the worde of God, to reduce them againe vnto the flock of the churche of Christ, declaring also þt it is the kinges pleasure, that all suche as shal be conuict of heresie in maner aforesaide, shall abiure. Forbidding all maner of persones, of what estate or cōdition soeuer he be, to attēpt any thing against them of Merindole, or other þt ar persecuted, by any other maner of meanes or to moleste or trouble thē in their persone orgoodes: reuoking & disanulling all manner of sentences & condemnations, of what iudge so euer it were, & cōmaunding to set at libertie al prisoners þt are either were accused or suspected of Lutherany. These letters were kept secret for a certain space, but at the last were certified vnto some, that were kepte in pryson at Aix, who were demaunded, if thei would helpe them selues by vertue of those letters, whiche shuld be cōmunicate vnto them, paying euery man a croune of the sunne for the copie therof, and by this meanes the prisoners were sett at libertie, paiyng their charges and promisinge to appeare before the Court as often as they should be called. The town clerke and others were very glad of these letters, for there came great profit by them, for they hoped that they should haue made out iiii. or v. thousande copies which should haue gained them so many crounes of the sunne. But they of Merindole euen at the first entraunce, had vnderstāding, that it was the kinges will and pleasure, those letters should be published throughout euery towne and village of the contrie of Prouince, whereupon they made their request vnto the court, to haue those letters proclaimed, according as they were cōmaunded, and required a copie thereof, declaring the vniust exaction, & that it was not necessary neither according to the kynges minde, that all those whiche were accused or suspected to be Lutherians, shoulde be compelled to take euery man a copie of those letters, considering the vniust exaction þt they would compell euerye man to paye therfore a croune of the sunne. Whereupon it was ordeined by the said court that the said letters shuld be proclaimed throughout all the townes and villages, and that no man shalbe constrained to take any copies, or paie but fiue soubz ther fore, geuing also commaundemēt to render again the ouerplus to thē which had paid more ordeining moreouer that all they, men, wemē, and children, of al the townes & villages, that should be suspected to be Lutheriās, should present them selues before the said court, within thre monethes after the publication of these letters. Vpon this cause another request was made vnto the said court by the two bailifes of Merindole, declaring how þt it should be greeat trouble, coste, and expence, if that all the men, wemen and children of Merindole, should present them selues, in their owne persone before the presidentes of the same court, and for these causes desired that they might haue libertie to appeare by procurer, except such, against whō þe kings procurour general wold cōclude, or þt shuld be required to answere to any charge or informatiō geuen against them, such shuld present thē selues & personally apere before þe said court, which their requestes was fully agreed vpō. viii. days after, two of the inhabitants of

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