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ther in a cataloge, and at that time accused vnto the king, by the bishop of Winchester and other prelates the execution of whome shoulde shortly haue folowed, if their crafty and cruel purposes had not bene preuented by the hand of God and turned otherwise then they loked for. Vnto the same eternall almighty king of all kinges, prince of princes, our Lord Christ Iesus, which neuer dieth bnt euer reigneth, the perpetuall only preseruer and defender of his church, be praise honour, and thankes geuing, through out al congregations without end and ceasinge. Amen.

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And thus much cōcerning the reigne of kīg Henre the eight, a prince of worthy fame and memory. Vnder whose time and gouernance such acts, and recordes, trobles, persecutions, recantations, practises, alterations, as then happened in the church, we haue here discoursed, with such statuts, iniunctions, and proclamations as by him were set forth in causes & matters to the same church pertening. Comprehending, although not all things so fully, as might be: Yet pretermiting as few things, as we could, in suche matters as came to our hands. Saue that only in the catalog and nūber of them, whiche recanted in kinge Henrys time, certaine we haue ouer passed. Whose names albeit I might seame perciall peraduēture in this story for not recitinge with the other, which in the like cause recāted with thē: yet bycause they continued not in their recantation with them, but recouered and reuerted againe to the truth forsakē, therfore I thought it cause sufficient to disceauer them from the other: Especially seing they so conuerted vntothe Lord, þt they were redie to yeld their liues afterward for the truth. As diuerse in dede so did, whome it pleased the Lord to call therunto. Yea in all kinges Henris time, how fewe were they that burned, which did not reuoke before? 

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This section listing prominent evangelicals who recanted during the reign of Henry VIII was dropped from the 1570 edition. This change reflects an increasing determination by Foxe, in reaction to Catholic attacks on Protestant 'pseudo-martyrs' to conceal details which presented evangelical and Protestant martyrs as less than irreproachable paragons of virtue.

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So did Bilney, Garret, Barnes, Ierō, Ather with diuers mo. M. Latimer who suffered in Quene Maris time, though he bare no faggot, yet he subscribed to theire articles. What should we say to Maister Beacon, who although he recanted with other in king Henris time, yet in Quene Maris dayes how hardly escaped he with his life out of þe tower, had not Goddes prouidence blinded Winchesters eyes, in mistaking his name. MarginaliaCertaine which with extreme hādling were caused to recant in king Hēris time and aftea recouered.The like is to be said of M. Wisdome, D. Crome, Alexāder Seton? Tolwing, Singleton with the rest which all recanted in kinge Henries time, and yet good soldiers after in the church of Christ. And thus closing vp this third section with þe terme of king Henrys life, we will nowe proceade (God willing) to the florishing reigne of king Edward his sone next after him succeading. requesting by the waye and desiringe the (gentle reader) that if any thing, besides that which is or hath bene by vs collected hetherto do come to thy hands, knowlege, or memory, that thou wilt gently impart the same vnto vs wherby it may be published hereafter to further profit of many.

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