Thematic Divisions in Book 11
1. The Martyrdom of Rogers 2. The Martyrdom of Saunders 3. Saunders' Letters 4. Hooper's Martyrdom 5. Hooper's Letters 6. Rowland Taylor's Martyrdom 7. Becket's Image and other events 8. Miles Coverdale and the Denmark Letters 9. Bonner and Reconciliation 10. Judge Hales 11. The Martyrdom of Thomas Tomkins 12. The Martyrdom of William Hunter 13. The Martyrdom of Higbed and Causton 14. The Martyrdom of Pigot, Knight and Laurence 15. Robert Farrar's Martyrdom 16. The Martyrdom of Rawlins/Rowland White17. The Restoration of Abbey Lands and other events in Spring 155518. The Providential Death of the Parson of Arundel 19. The Martyrdom of John Awcocke 20. The Martyrdom of George Marsh 21. The Letters of George Marsh 22. The Martyrdom of William Flower 23. The Martyrdom of Cardmaker and Warne 24. Letters of Warne and Cardmaker 25. The Martyrdom of Ardley and Simpson 26. John Tooly 27. The Examination of Robert Bromley [nb This is part of the Tooly affair]28. The Martyrdom of Thomas Haukes 29. Letters of Haukes 30. The Martyrdom of Thomas Watts 31. Mary's False Pregnancy32. Censorship Proclamation 33. Our Lady' Psalter 34. Martyrdom of Osmund, Bamford, Osborne and Chamberlain35. The Martyrdom of John Bradford 36. Bradford's Letters 37. William Minge 38. James Trevisam 39. The Martyrdom of John Bland 40. The Martyrdom of Frankesh, Middleton and Sheterden 41. Sheterden's Letters 42. Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley 43. Martyrdom of Christopher Wade 44. Martyrdom of Carver and Launder 45. Martyrdom of Thomas Iveson 46. John Aleworth 47. Martyrdom of James Abbes 48. Martyrdom of Denley, Newman and Pacingham 49. Richard Hooke 50. Martyrdom of William Coker, et al 51. Martyrdom of George Tankerfield, et al 52. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Smith 53. Martyrdom of Harwood and Fust 54. Martyrdom of William Haile 55. George King, Thomas Leyes and John Wade 56. William Andrew 57. Martyrdom of Robert Samuel 58. Samuel's Letters 59. William Allen 60. Martyrdom of Roger Coo 61. Martyrdom of Thomas Cobb 62. Martyrdom of Catmer, Streater, Burwood, Brodbridge, Tutty 63. Martyrdom of Hayward and Goreway 64. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Glover 65. Cornelius Bungey 66. John and William Glover 67. Martyrdom of Wolsey and Pigot 68. Life and Character of Nicholas Ridley 69. Ridley's Letters 70. Life of Hugh Latimer 71. Latimer's Letters 72. Ridley and Latimer Re-examined and Executed73. More Letters of Ridley 74. Life and Death of Stephen Gardiner 75. Martyrdom of Webb, Roper and Park 76. William Wiseman 77. James Gore 78. Examinations and Martyrdom of John Philpot 79. Philpot's Letters 80. Martyrdom of Thomas Whittle, Barlett Green, et al 81. Letters of Thomas Wittle 82. Life of Bartlett Green 83. Letters of Bartlett Green 84. Thomas Browne 85. John Tudson 86. John Went 87. Isobel Foster 88. Joan Lashford 89. Five Canterbury Martyrs 90. Life and Martyrdom of Cranmer 91. Letters of Cranmer 92. Martyrdom of Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield 93. Persecution in Salisbury Maundrell, Coberly and Spicer 94. William Tyms, et al 95. Letters of Tyms 96. The Norfolk Supplication 97. Martyrdom of John Harpole and Joan Beach 98. John Hullier 99. Hullier's Letters 100. Christopher Lister and five other martyrs 101. Hugh Lauerocke and John Apprice 102. Katherine Hut, Elizabeth Thacknell, et al 103. Thomas Drury and Thomas Croker 104. Thomas Spicer, John Deny and Edmund Poole 105. Persecution of Winson and Mendlesam 106. Gregory Crow 107. William Slech 108. Avington Read, et al 109. Wood and Miles 110. Adherall and Clement 111. A Merchant's Servant Executed at Leicester 112. Thirteen Burnt at Stratford-le-Bow113. Persecution in Lichfield 114. Hunt, Norrice, Parret 115. Martyrdom of Bernard, Lawson and Foster 116. Examinations of John Fortune117. John Careless 118. Letters of John Careless 119. Martyrdom of Julius Palmer 120. Agnes Wardall 121. Peter Moone and his wife 122. Guernsey Martyrdoms 123. Dungate, Foreman and Tree 124. Martyrdom of Thomas More125. Examination of John Jackson126. Examination of John Newman 127. Martyrdom of Joan Waste 128. Martyrdom of Edward Sharpe 129. Four Burnt at Mayfield at Sussex 130. John Horne and a woman 131. William Dangerfield 132. Northampton Shoemaker 133. Prisoners Starved at Canterbury 134. More Persecution at Lichfield
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1844 [1843]

Queene Mary. The Martyrdome of M. Iohn Bradford, and Iohn Leafe. Letters.

Marginalia1555. Iuly.on the right side with such a palsie, or strocke of Gods hād whatsoeuer it was, that for þe space of viij. yeres after, till his dying day, he was not able to turne hym self in hys bed, but as ij. men wt a shete were fayne to styrre

hym: and withall such an insaciable deuouryng came vpon hym, that it was monstrous to see. And thus continued he the space of viij. yeares together.

MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of M. John Bradford Preacher, & Iohn Leafe a Prentice, in Smithfield. An. 1555. Iuly. 1.¶ The description of the burnyng of M. Iohn Bradford Preacher, and Iohn Leafe a Prentise.

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Bradford, standing in the pyre on the right with his call to England to repent of idolatry, and the short figure on the left of the illiterate young apprentice, John Leafe, who died with him, are shown before the lighting of the fire. The preliminaries reflected the godly fibre of the accused as they first prayed prostrate beside the stake, and then Bradford kissed the instruments of his coming death and gave his clothes to his servant. Apart from one pair of raised hands, officials and guards armed with pikes dominate the scene. Sheriff Woodroffe, who abruptly silenced Bradford's invocation and ordered his hands to be tied, was divinely punished by being struck down with paralysis six months after this event. As other martyrdoms show, hands were the last remaining recourse for communication from the fire. This is not the only case (compare Laurence Saunders, or Latimer and Ridley) in which the illustrator takes temporal liberties, representing an unlit pyre as well as the martyr's last words uttered in the flames. And as elsewhere, the final words were set afresh in each edition gothic type (1563), roman thereafter but with minor differences in positioning.

¶ In mortem Iohannis Bradfordi constantiß. Martyris. MarginaliaEpitaphiū in Ioan. Bradfordū per Ioan. Frierum.

Discipulo nulli supra licet esse magistrum:
Quiq; Deo seruit, tristia multa feret.
Corripit omnipotens natum quem diligit omnem:
Ad cælum stricta est difficilisq; via.
Has Bradforde tuo dum condis pectore voces:
Non hominum rigidas terribilesq; minas,
Sed nec blanditias, non vim nec vincula curas,
Tradis & accensæ membra cremanda pyræ.

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¶ Here followe the Letters of Maister Bradfrod.

MarginaliaThe letters of M. Bradford.THis godly Bradford and heauenly Martyr, during the time of his imprisonment, wrote sundry comfortable treatises, & many godly letters, of which, some he wrote to the city of London, Cambridge, Walden, to Lankeshire and Chesshiere, and diuers to hys other priuate friendes. By the which foresayd letters, to the entent it may appeare how godly this man occupied hys time being prisoner, what speciall zeale he bare to the state of Christes church, what a care he had to performe his office, how earnestly he admonished all men, how tenderly hee comforted the heauie harted: howe fruitfully he confirmed them whom he had taught, I thought here good to place þe same: although to exhibite here all the letters that he wrote (being in number so many that they are able to fyll a booke) it cā not well be cōpassed, yet neuertheles we mynd to excerpe þe principall of thē, referring þe reader for the residue to MarginaliaRead the booke of Letters of the Martyrs.þe booke of letters of þe Martyrs, where they may be found.

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MarginaliaThe copie of Maister Bradfords lettre whereof the Earle of Derby complained in the parliament.And first, forsomuch as ye heard in the story before, pag. 1783. how the Earle of Darby complained in the Parlament house of certaine letters wrytten of Iohn Bradford out of prison to Lankeshiere, and also how he was charged both of the bishop of Winchester, and of Maister Allen with the same letters, to the entēt the Reader more perfectly may vnderstand what letters

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they were, beyng written in deede to his mother, brethren and sisters, out of the Tower before hys cōdemnation, we will begyn first with the same letters: the copy with the contentes wherof is this as followeth.

¶ A comfortable letrer of M. Bradford to his Mother, a godly matrone dwelling in Manchester, and to his brethren and sisters, and other of his frendes there.

MarginaliaA letter of M. Bradford to his mothre, brethrne, and sisters.OVr deare and sweete Sauiour Iesus Christ, whose prisoner at this present (praysed be his name therefore) I am, preserue and kepe you my good Mother, with my brothers aud sisters, my father Iohn Traues, Thomas Sorrocold, Laurence and Iames Bradshaw with their wiues and families. &c. now & for euer, Amen.

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I am at this present in prison sure enough for starting, to cōfirme that I haue preached vnto you: as I am ready (I thanke God) with my life and bloud to seale the same, if God vouch me worthy of that honour. For good Mother and brethren, it is a most special benefite of God to suffer for his names sake and Gospell, as now I do: I hartely thanke hym for it, and am sure that with hym I shall be partaker of his glory, as Paul sayth: Marginalia2. Timo. 2.If we suffer with hym we shall reigne with hym. Therfore be not faynt harted, but rather reioyce, at the least for my sake which now am in the right and high way to heauen: for MarginaliaActes. many afflictions we must enter into the kyngdome of heauen. Now will God make knowen his children. When the wynde doth not blow, then can not a man know the wheate from the chaffe: but when the blast commeth, thē flyeth away the chaffe, but the wheate remaineth and is so farre from beyng hurt, that by the wind it is more clēsed from the chaffe and knowen to be wheate. Gold whē it is cast into the fire, is the more precious: so are Gods children by the Crosse of affliction. MarginaliaGod beginneth his iudgement with his owne house.Alwayes God beginneth his iudgement at his house. Christ and the Apostles were in most misery in the land of Iewry, but yet þe whole land smarted for it after: so now Gods children are first chastised in this world, that they should not be damned with the world: for surely great plagues of God hang ouer this realme.

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