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1434 [1434]

K. Hen. 8. Persecution in VVindsore. Testwood, Filmer, Person, Marbecke, Bennet.

the first tyme I began with þe Concordance (which is almost vj. yeares ago) I haue ben occupyed in nothing els: MarginaliaThe kings generall pardon claymed.So that both this Epistle, and all the notes I haue gathered, were written a great while before the vj. Articles came forth, & are clearely remitted by the kynges generall pardon 

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Henry VIII pardoned all of those who were arrested for offences against the Act of Six Articles before it was passed in July 1540. Marbeck is claiming that he wrote the documents in question before July 1540 and is thus covered by the pardon.

. Trust not to that, quoth Knyght, for it will not helpe thee. No I warrant hym, quoth Doct. Okyng, & so going downe to the body of the Churche, they committed hym to his keeper, who had hym away to prison agayne.

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¶ The sute of Filmers wyfe to the Bishops which sat in cōmission, for her husband.

MarginaliaFilmers wife laboureth for her husband.IN like maner 

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These three words suggest that in Marbeck's account, this section followed the suit Marbeck's wife made on behalf of her husband and that Foxe re-arranged the narrative to put events in chronological order.

, the wyfe of Filmer knowing her husbandes trouble to be onelye procured of malice by Simons his old enemy, made great sute and labour vnto the Bishops which were Commissioners, desiring no more of them, but that it woulde please their goodnes to examine her husband before them, and to heare him make hys purgation. This was her onely request to euery of the Bishops from day to day, wheresoeuer she could finde them. In so much that twoo of the Byshops (Ely and Harford) were very sory (considering the importune and reasonable sute of the womā) that it lay not in them to helpe her. Thus trauayling long vp and downe from one to an other, to haue her husband examined, it was her chaunce at the last to fynde the Bishops all three together in the bishop of Ely hys place, vnto whom she sayd: MarginaliaThe wordes of Filmers wife to the Byshops.O good my Lords for the loue of God, let nowe my poore husbande bee brought forth before you, whyle ye be here all togethers. For truly my Lordes, there can nothing be iustlye layde against him, but that of malicious enuye and spite, Simons hath wrought him thys trouble. And you my Lord of Salisbury, quoth the poore woman, can testifie (if it would please your lordship to say the truth) what malice Simons bare to my husbande when they were both before you at Salisbury (litle more then a yeare agoe) for the Vicar of Wyndsors matter. For as your lordship knoweth, when my husband had certified you of the Priestes Sermō, which you said was playne heresie: then came Symons (after the Priest himself had confessed it) and would haue defended the Priests errour before your lordship, and haue had my husbande punished. At what tyme it pleased your lordship to cōmend and prayse my husband for his honestye, and to rebuke Symons for mayntaining the Priest in hys errour, and therupon commaunded the Priest to recant his heresye at his comming home to Wyndsore. This (my Lord) you know to be true. And now my lordes, quoth the woman, it is most certaine, that for this cause onelye did Symons euermore afterward threaten my husband to be euen with him. Therfore good my Lordes, call my husband before you, and heare him speake: and if ye fynd any other matter agaynst him then this that I haue told you, let me suffer death. Is this so my Lord, quoth the bishop of Ely and Harford? and the other could not deny it. Then they spake latine to the bishop of Salisbury, and he to them, and so departed. MarginaliaFilmer could not come to his aunswere.For the matter was so wrought betwene doctor London and Symons, that Fylmer could neuer be suffered to come before the Commissioners to bee examined.

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¶ The maner of their condemnations, and how they dyed.

The kyng maryed to the Ladye Katherine Parre.
WHen the time drew nye that the kinges Maiestie (who was newlye maried to that good and vertuous lady Katherine Parre) should make his progresse abroad, MarginaliaSteuen Gardiner great about the kyng.the foresaid Steuen Gardiner bishop of Winchester had so compassed his matters, that no mā bare so great a swynge about the king, as he did. Wherewith the Gospellers were so quayled, that the best of them all looked euerye houre to be clapt in the necke. For the saying went abroade, that the bishop had bent MarginaliaSt. Gardiners bowe bent to shoote at the head Deare.hys bow to shoote at some of the heade Deare: but in the meane time three or foure of þe poore Rascalls were caught, that is to saye, MarginaliaPerson, Filmer and Marbecke, sent to Windsore.Anthony Person, Henry Fylmer, and Iohn Marbecke, and sent to Wyndesore by the Sheriffes men, the Saterday before Saint Iames day, and layd fast in the townes Gaile: MarginaliaTestwoode brought out of hys bedde vpon crouches into prison.and Testwod (who had kept his bed) brought out of his house vpon crouches, and layde with them. MarginaliaBennet sicke of the pestilence at London.But as for Bennet, (which should haue bene the fift man) hys chaūce was to be sicke of the Pestilence, and hauing a great sore vpon hym, was left behinde in the bishop of Londons Gaile, whereby he escaped the fire.

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MarginaliaA speciall Sessions procured.Now these men being brought to Wyndsore, there was a speciall Sessions procured to bee holden the Thursday after, which was Saint Annes day. Against the which Sessions (by the counsell of Doctor London and Symons) were all the Farmers belonging to the Colledge of Wyndesore, warned to appeare: because they could not pyke out Papists enough in the towne, to go vpon þe Iurye. The Iudges that day were these.

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MarginaliaThe Iudges.

Doctor Capon bishop of Salisbury.
Sir Wiliam Essex knight.
Sir Thomas Bridges knight.
Sir Humfrey Foster knyght.
Maister Franklen Deane of Winds.
And Fachel of Reading.

When these had taken their places, and the prisoners brought forth before them, MarginaliaRob. Ockam Clerke of peace.then Robert Ockam occupying for that day the Clarke of peace his rowme, called Anthony Person, accodring to the maner of the Court, and read his Inditement, which was this.

MarginaliaThe Inditement agaynst Anth. Person.First, that hee shoulde preach two yeares before, in a place called Wyngfield, and there shoulde saye: that lyke as Christ was hanged betwene two theeues, euen so whē the Priest is at Masse, and hath consecrated and lifted hym vp ouer his heade, then he hangeth betwene two theeues, except hee preach the woorde of God truly, as he hath taken vpon hym to doo.

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Also that he sayde to the people in the Pulpet: ye shall not eate the body of Christ, as it did hang vpon the Crosse, gnawing it wyth your teethe that the bloude runne about your lyps, but you shall eate him this day, as ye eate him to morrow, the next day, and euery day: for it refresheth not the body, but the soule.

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Also, after he had preached & commended the scripture, calling it the worde of God, hee said as foloweth: This is the word, this is the breade, thys is the bodye of Christ.

Also he sayd, that Christ sittyng with his Disciples, tooke bread and blessed, and brake it, & gaue it to his Disciples, saying: Take and eate it. This is my bodye. What is this to vs, but to take the Scripture of God, and to breake it to the people.

MarginaliaAnth. Person aunswereth to his Inditement.To this, Anthony aunswered and sayd: I wilbe tried by God and his holy word, & by the true Church of Christ, whether this be heresie or no, whereof ye haue Indited me this day. So long as I preached the Byshop of Rome and his filthy traditiōs, I was neuer troubled: but since I haue taken vppon me to preach Christe and his Gospell, ye haue alwayes sought my life. But it maketh no matter, for when you haue takē your pleasure of my body, I trust it shal not lye in your powers to hurt my soule. Thou callest vs theeues, quoth þe Bishop. I say, quoth Anthony, ye are not onely theeues but murtherers, except ye preach and teache the worde of God purely and sincerely to the people, whiche ye do not nor neuer did, but haue allured them to all Idolatrie, superstition and hypocrisie, MarginaliaParrhisia Personica.for your owne lucre and glory sake, thorough the whiche ye are become rather Bitesheepes then true Bishops, bytyng and deuouryng the poore shepe of Christe lyke raueuyng wolues, neuer satisfied with bloud: which God will require at your handes one day, doubt it not. Thē

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