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K. Henry. 8. Doct. Boner Byshop of London. Boners othe agaynst the Pope.

pistes: so hee semeth lykewise to beare a lyke secrete grudge agaynst the Lord Cromwell, and all such whō soeuer he fauoured.

Marginalia3.Thirdly, as concernyng the forenamed Doct. Edmund Boner the author of this declaration, here is to be seene & noted, that he all this while appeared a good man, and diligent frende to the truth, and that he was fauoured of the Lord Cromwell for the same.

D. Boners comming vp only by the Gospell.
Fourthly, that the sayd Doct. Boner was not onely fauoured of the Lord Cromwell, but also by hym was aduaunced fyrst, to the office of legation, then to the Bishoprike of Hereford, and lastly to the Byshoprike of London, whom the sayed Doct. Boner in his letters agniseth and confesseth to be hys only Patrone, and singular Mecænas.

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Marginalia5.Which being so, we haue in this said D. Boner, greatly to merueill, what should be þe cause, that he, seing all his settyng vp, makyng, & preferring, came only by the Gospell and by them of the Gospels side, he being then so hated of Steuen Gardiner and such as he was, beyng also at that tyme such a furtherer & defender of the Gospel (as appeared both by hys Preface before Garners booke De obedientia, and by hys wrytynges to the Lord Cromwell, also by helping forward the printed Bibels at Parys) could euer be a man so vngratfull and vnkind, afterward to ioyne part with the sayd Ste. Gardiner agaynst the Gospell (without þe which Gospell, he had neuer come to be Bishop, neyther of Hereford nor yet of London) and nowe to abuse þe same Bishopricke of London to persecute that so vehemently, which before so openly he defended. Wherin the same may wel be said to him in this case, that he himself was reported once to say to the French kyng in the cause of Grancetor: to wytte, MarginaliaBoners owne wordes retorted agaynst him selfe.that he had done therin agaynst God, agaynst his honour, agaynst iustice, agaynst reason, agaynst honestie, agaynst frendship, agaynst hys owne promise and hys othe so often made, agaynst his own doctrine and iudgement, which then he professed, agaynst all truth, agaynst the treates and leagues betwene hym and his setters vp, and against al together, and to conclude, against the saluation of his own soule, which would God he woulde haue some mercy vpon, although he hath shewed lytle mercy vnto others.

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But to referre this to the booke of hys accomptes who shall iudge one day all things vprightly, let vs procede further in the continue of this Doct. Boners Legation. Who beyng nowe Ambassadour in the court of France (as ye haue heard) had gyuē in commission frō the king, to entreate with the French Kyng for sondry poyntes, MarginaliaPrinting the new Testament in english and the Bible at for the printing of the newe Testament in English, and the Bible at Parys: also for sclaunderous preachers, and malicious speakers agaynst the kyng: for goods of merchants takē and spoyled: for the kings pension to bee payed: for the matters of the Duke of Suffolke: for certein prisoners in France: Item, for Grancetor the traytour, and certein other rebelles to be sent into England. &c. MarginaliaThe deligence and trust of D. Boner in his legation.Touching all which affayres, the sayd Doctour Boner dyd employe hys diligence and trauaile to the good satisfaction and contentment of the kynges mynde, and discharge of his dutie, in such sort as no default could be found in hym, saue only that the French kyng one tyme toke displeasure with hym, for that the sayd Boner, being nowe made Byshoppe of Hereford, and bearing hym selfe somewhat more seriouslye and boldlye before the kynge in the cause of Grancetor the traytour (wherin he was willed by the aduertisement of the kynges pleasure, to wade more depely and instantly) vsed these wordes to the French kyng (as the French kyng hymself dyd afterward reporte them) saying, MarginaliaThe wordes of D. Boner vsed to the French kyng.that he had done in deliueraunce of that forsayde Grancetor beyng an Englishman, against God, against his honour, against iustice, against reason, against honestie, againk frendshipe, against all lawe, against the treates and leagues betwene hym and his brother the kyng of England, yea and agaynst all together. &c. MarginaliaThe French king displeased with bishop Boner.These wordes of Bishop Boner, allthough he denyeth to haue spoken them in that forme and qualitie, yet howsoeuer they were spokē, dyd styrre vp the stomacke of the French kyng to conceyue high displeasure agaynst hym, in so much that hee aunswering the Lord Ambassadour agayn, MarginaliaBishop Boner bydden to wryte to the king his maister 3. things.bad him write these 3. thinges vnto hys maister.

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First, among other thinges, that hys Ambassadour was a great foole.

Secondarely, that he caused to be done better iustice there in his realme in one houre, then they dyd in England in a whole yeare.

Thirdly, that if it were not for the loue of his maister, hee should haue an hundreth strokes with an Haulbard. &c.

And furthermore, the sayd French king beside this, sendyng a speciall messenger with his letters to þe kyng of England, willed him to reuoke & call this Ambassadour home, & to send him an other. The cause why the Frenche kyng tooke these woordes of Byshop Boner so to stomacke (as the L. Chauncelour sayd) was this, for that the kynges of Fraunce standing chiefly, and in maner, onely vpon their honour, can suffer that, in no case to be touched. Otherwise in those wordes (if they had bene wel takē) was not so much blame perchaūce, as boldnes, beyng spoken somwhat vehemently in his masters behalfe. MarginaliaBishopes commonly bolder in Princes matters, then in the cause of Christ.But this one thyng semeth to me much blame worthy, both in this Byshop and many other, that they in earthly matters and to please terrene kynges, will put forth them selues to such a boldnes and forwardnes: and in Christes cause the kyng of all kyngs, whose cause they shoulde onely attende vppon and tender, they are so remisse, cold, and cowardly.

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To these letters of the Frenche kyng, the kyng of England, sent aunswere agayne by other letters, in which he reuoked and called home agayne Byshop Boner, giuyng vnto him about the same tyme, the Byshoprike of London, and sent in supplie of his place, Syr Iohn Wallop, a great frend to Ste. Gardiner. Whiche was in February, about the begynnyng of þe yeare of our Lord. 1540. Here nowe foloweth the othe of Boner to the king, when he was made bishop of London.

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¶ The othe of Doct. Edmund Boner, when he was made Byshop of London, agaynst the Pope of Rome.

MarginaliaDoct. Boners othe agaynst the Pope.YE shall neuer consent nor agree that the Byshop of Rome shal practise, exercise, or haue any maner of authoritie, iurisdiction, or power within this Realme or any other the kynges dominion, but that you shall resiste the same at all tymes, to the vttermost of your power: and that from henceforth ye shall accepte, repute, and take the kynges maiestie to be the onely supreme head in earth of the Churche of England, and that to your cunnyng, witte, & vttermost of your power, without guyle, fraude, or other vndue meane, ye shall obserue, kepe, mainteyne, and defend the whole effectes and contentes of all and singular Actes & statutes made and to be made within this Realme, in derogation, extirpation, and extinguishment of the Byshop of Rome and his authoritie, and all other Actes and statutes made and to be made in reformation and corroboration of the kynges power of supreme hede in earth of the Churche of England, and this ye shall do agaynst all maner of persons, of what estate, dignitie, degree, or cōdition they be, and in no wise do, nor attempt, nor to your power, suffer to bee done or attempted, directly or indirectly, any thing or thynges, priuely or appertly, to the lette, hinderaunce, dammage, or derogation therof, or of any part therof, by any maner of meanes or for any maner of pretense: And in case any othe bee made or hath bene made by you to any person or persons in maintenaunce or fauour of the Byshop of Rome or his authoritie, iurisdiction, or power, ye repute the same as vaine and adnichilate, so helpe you God, &c.

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In fidem præmissorum ego Edmundus
Boner, electus & confirmatus Londonen-
sis Episcopus, huic præsenti chartæ sub-

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