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Actes ad Monnuments of the Churche.

(as it is to be thought) to do that he did.

For afterward as the saide Broke hathe to diuers of his frendes reported the matter, not onlye acknowledged to him his faulte, but also behaued him selfe towardes him as his louing frend.

Thother was one Robert Poole, a man as it was commonly reported bothe base borne, and also suche a one as in his youthe for murthering a man with a clubbe in Bow lane in London, was faine by the obtaininge the kinges pardon, therby to saue his necke. Whyche 

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The following comment on Poole's ingratitude was dropped from the second edition of the A&M; cf. 1563, p. 664.

Poole had chiefly by the saide Brokes meanes attained to twenty pound a yeare liuinge during his life, which he recompensed, as here after shall appeare.

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The third was one Thomas Boyse, who shewinge more honesty then the reast, affirmed not that he him selfe harde the saide Broke speake anye thinge of that whiche was obiected againste him, but iustified that either of the other two had stedfastlye affirmed to him, that Broke hadde spoken vnto them those thinges which here beneathe be saide to be obiected againste him.

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The same yong manne obiected against the said Broke, that he should say that the thynge which the Priest vseth to hold vp ouer his hed at Masse, is not þe natural body of Iesu Christ, for if that were so, who so would, might haue their belly full of Goddes, their guttes full of Goddes, and he that hadde lately receyued the Sacrament before he went to the sea, myghte happly vomit God vp againe on shippe borde, (and thus much he broughte ouer in wryting with him from Calleis, and added thereto as it shoulde seeme to exasperate the Commissyoners and the reast of the cleargye againste him these wordes following.) But the knaues 

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The following stridently anti-clerical passages were dropped from the second edition of the A&M; cf. 1563, p. 664.

, the Bishoppes and the Priestes, for their owne gayne and bellye sake, beare vs laye men so in hand, and woulde shamefully blere our eyes, which wordes he neuer spake, for it did abhorre both his hart and his eares to heare either so shamefull and vnreuerent woordes concerning the blessed Sacrament, or so arrogant and disdainfull wordes, spoken against the Bishops, and other inferior ministers, vnto whom God had geuen autority (though they for the most part were very vnworthy therof.) Confessinge neuertheles that he had secreat and priuate talke touching the truth of the sacrament wyth the yong man, wherin he shewed him as reuerently as he could speke, the right vse of the same, concluding that allbeit with our mouthes we receiued (euen 
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This parenthetical phrase was dropped from the second edition of the A&M; cf. 1563, p. 664.

after the words of consecration as they called it) very material bread and wine yet by our faith, al christian men doo receyue, eat, and drinke, to their great comforte and benefite, the very natural body & bloud of Christ, which was both born of the virgin Mary, andsuffred death on the crosse for the remission of their sinnes: which most holy Sacrament who so came vnworthely vnto, the same was so far from the eating of Christes bodye and bloude, that al such (without harty repentance) do eat their owne damnation. And to conclude wyth him in that priuate talk, he told him that if the grose and vnlearned error of transubstantiation, were in dede matter of truthe and sincere doctrine, then not only this should folow of it, that euery man who wold might haue euerlasting life, for they might when they would receiue the outward Sacrament sene with oure eies, which the priestes call Christes naturall bodye, and who so eateth Christs bodye, and drinkes his bloude hath euerlasting life sayeth Christ: But also there shuld great absurdityes fall therby, as when a man hapned to go to the sea, hauing lately receiued the Sacrament, he should put ouer bourd, or do it on the hatches, and therfore exhorted the said Paiton to leaue that grose error. The secōd accuser was Poole who obiected against him, that about ii. yeres past, he him self dining with the said Broke wt xv. or xvi. other honest menne, harde him thus say at his table, that the thing which the priestes vse to holde vp ouer their heades, was not the very body and bloud of Christ, but a sacrament to put vs in remembrance therof. Vnto whose obiections the said Broke answered, þt a man in mirth might wel inough with charity be shrewe such a gest, as when he had dyned with a man, could so longe after remember to say him such a grace, and required of Poole, of whence the rest of the gestes were, he answeared they were of the Towne all, then inferred he, that he was sure Poole coulde as well remember some of their names which then were present, as freshlye to kepe in minde (for so by othe vppon a booke he hadde affirmed) euerye woord of the whole matter which he obiected: but for that the matter was vtterly vntrue. Where vpon the saide Broke desired their honoures to consider the slendernesse of his tale. MarginaliaA new cōplaint against Caleis men. To be shorte, after the said party, was dismissed and retourned home to Caleis the weke before Easter next after 
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I.e., the week before Easter 1540. (Easter was 28 March in 1540). Although this commission was composed of notable conservatives such as Sir John Baker, Sir John Gage and Sir William Paulet (newly created Lord St John), it was sent to investigate charges that Lord Lisle had conspired with Reginald Pole. Fighting for his life, and using Henry VIII’s paranoia concerning Pole, Cromwell was striking back at Lord Lisle.

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there were sent ouer by the kinges maiestye to Caleis in commissyon the Earle of Sussex, Lorde greate Chamberlaine, the Lorde Saint Ihon, sir Ihon Gage Knight, sir Ihon Baker knighte, maister Layton clarke of the closet, and doctor Currin 
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This is John Curwen, a royal chaplain and archdeacon of both Colchester and Oxford.

wt special instructions besides, signed by þe kings maiesties own hande, for his highnes had bene incensed once again frō the councel at Caleis, þt the town was in pearil through dissention & diuersity of opiniōs. Vpō their arriua ma. D. Currin preched a notable sermond exhorting al menne to charity, hauinge nothinge in hys mouthe but charitye, charitye, but as it seemed afterwarde, suche a burning charity was

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