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Actes and Monumentes Of the Churche.

fell doun vpon the prisoners, namely vpon þe goun sleue of broke and the bootes of Turney their both the fur of the sleue and the lether of the bote were skorkned and ratled, yet nother the face nor the leg throughe goddes goodnes hurt. Which sight caused theire kepers to be amased and to say, that surely they were men that god loued, and wer wrongfully punished And when the Lorde Cromewell vnderstode they were come, he commaunded theire irons to be smit of at the Tour wharfe, and the prisoners to be brought to him, when he sawe he smile vpon them, stedfastly beholdinge ech of them, and then said. Sirs you must take paine for a time, go your way to the flete, and submit your selfe prisoners ther, and shortly you shal knowe more. So in dede they did, for that eueninge he sent them worde they should be of good chere, for if God sent him life they should shortly go home with asmuch honesty, as they came with shame.

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Whilest theise. xiii. persecuted men lay in þe flete, and William Steuens in the tower, to witt the ninth day of Iuly. Anno. 1541. 

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I.e., 28 July 1540, not 1541.

the for saide Lorde Cromewell for treson alledged again st him, was at Tower hill behedded as is before specified in the story, who made ther a very Christian ende. Then had the pore callis men great cause to feare, if they had not altogether depended on the mercifull prouidence of there heuenly father, whose blessed wil they knewe directed all thinges. But he in the middest of ther depe troubles and miseries so comforted them, that euen as the dangers and trobles incresed, so likewise did there consolatiō and ioy in him. MarginaliaMathew de Hounde a blessed martir of god burned in flaunders. So far forth as Mathewe de hound one of those. xiii. who was in trouble only for that he harde Copin de Hall reade a chapter of the new testament, and was as depe in punishment, and in banishment from his wife, children, and contry, as the rest, gotte in short time such instruction, as hauinge there with a soule and conscience freighted full of Godly zeale vnto Goddes glory and the true doctrin of Christe, within few monethes after his deliuerance out of the flete, for inueing cōstantly against the wicked honoringe of Images and praynge vnto saintes departed, was cruelly in a most constant faith and patience, burned in Flaunders. Now therefore whan al hope in man was past, the right honorable Lord Audeley MarginaliaL. Audley good to the persecuted members of Christ. Lorde Chauncellor of Englād with out farther examination, discharged first the saide. xiii. that were in the flete, and shortely after William Steuens out of the tower sainge at the discharging of those. xiii, Sirs pray for the kings maiesty, his plesure is that you shall al be presētly discharged. And thogh your liuinges be taken from you, yet dispaire not. God will not see you lack. But for Gods sake sirs beware howe you deale with popishpriestes, for so God saue my soule, some of thē be knaues all. MarginaliaThe commen sayinge of the Lord Audly concerning popish prestes Sirs saide he I am commaunded by the councell to tell you that you are discharged by vertue of the kinges generall pardon, but that pardō excepteth and forbiddeth all sacramentaries and the most part or all of you are called Sacramentaries. Therefore I can not se how that pardon doth you any pleasure, but pray for the kings highnes, for his graces pleasure is, that I do dismise you, and so I do, and pity you all, farwell sirs. MarginaliaCalies men dismissed. So geuinge God most harty thankes for his mighty and merciful deliueringe of them, they departed dismissed as you haue hard, being in dede in very power estate. But not in so miserable state as all those. viii. councellours of Callis was within one yere & halfe after. For where within that time, the other. iii. councellours, to wit, that noble man and worthy captaine the Lorde Gray, Sir George Caro, and sir Richard Grinefilde purged the toune of those slaunders that vntruly were raised vpon it, & therefore for a time were in there princes high displeasure. They within that yere were all iii. in greter fauor, thē euer they were before, and that not with out the reward of xx. pound by yere to him and to his heirs who had least, the other. viii. councelours, vniustly charging thē and þe toune of seditiō & heresy to say. The Lorde Lisle. The Lorde Sandes. Sir Iohn Wallop, Sir Edward Kinley, Robert Fowler Esquier vice treasurer, Sir Tho. Palmer knight, called long Palmer, William Simpson Esquier vnder marshal, and Iohn Rockewoode were either gretly out of there princes fauors and in the tower or els wher, prisoners ether els by very desperat deathes (in outward apparance, taken out of this worlde. As for tediousnes to reherce onely the horrible ende of the saide Rockewoode the chiefe stirrer vp of al the afflictions afore spoken of: MarginaliaExample of Gods iudgement vpon cruel persecutors. Whan euen to the last breath staringe and raging, he cried, he was vtterly dampnid beinge willed to aske God mercy who was redy to forgeue all that asked mercy on him, he brayd and cried out: al to late, for I haue sought maliciously þe deaths of a nomber of the honestist men in the towne and though I so thought them in my hart, yet I did that lay in me to bring thē to euel death, al to late therfore al to late, which same words he aunswered to one that at the departure of the. xiii. in irons towardes englande sayde: sir I neuer sawe men of suche honesty so sharply corected, that toke it so patiently and ioyfully Rockewoode then fetchinge a friske or. ii. Scofflingly aunswered, al to late. The vnder marshall soddenly fell doune in the councell chamber and neuer spake worde after, nor shewed token of remembrance. The plages of the other are known to al that knew them, wherfore I here omitte them. Calling to remem-

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