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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Queene Mary. Persecution in Rochester dioces. Nicolas Halle, Christopher Wayde, Martyrs.

Marginalia1555. Iuly.nigh as to these? God make you wise and politicke in hart, victorious in the field of this world, to rule the nations with a rod: but kill not the Gabaonites with whō peace is taken: MarginaliaThe Gabaonites though they be but strangers, and not to be pampered, yet are they not to be cast out.but let them draw water, and hew wood, but geue them their meat and drinke due for labourers, and be glad because your disease is so remedied: for it is better and easier for a thirsty labouryng man to drinke, them for a dronken man to tell a sober wise tale. Yea, it is a token that ye haue earnestly folowed your labour, and not kept cōpany with dronkardes and belly Gods: and therfore be glad I say, yea and glad agayn: for great is your reward in heauen: yea blessed shall she be that in this your zeale shall meete you and withdraw your hād from reuengyng your selfe vppon that churlish Naball: whiche thyng I hope to do now with these sweete reasons, and frayles of Figges, I beyng of one house with your seruaunt Nabal. I dare say to you, that churlishnes is his name: but reuenge not, for the Lord shall do it in his due tyme. Farewell myne owne heart.

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Yours in bondes at West-
gate, Nicholas Sheterden. 

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A room above the western gate to the city of Canterbury was used as a prison.

The next day after the condemnation of these foresayd, which was the 26. day of Iuly, were also condemned for the same Articles W. Coker, W. Hopper of Crambroke, Henry Laurence, Rich. Wright of Ashford, W. Stere of Ashford. But because the execution of these Martyrs perteineth not to this moneth, more shalbe sayd (the Lord willyng) of them, when we come to the moneth folowyng of August.

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Nicolas Halle, and Christopher Wayde, Martyrs. 
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The Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley

All that there is on these three martyrs in the Rerum is a note stating thatJohn [sic] Wade was executed at Dartford in July, that John [sic] Polley was executed at Tunbridge in July and that Nicholas Hall was executed at Rochester in the same month. This information was essentially repeated in the 1563 edition. But in the 1570 edition Foxe added all the material he would ever have on the examinations of these martyrs. Foxe stated that this material came from the Rochester diocesan records. Foxe's account of these examinations remained unchanged in subsequent editions.

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MarginaliaIuly. 19.THe ame moneth of Iuly next after the sufferyng of the Kentish mē aboue named, folowed þt death & Martyrdome of MarginaliaNic, Hall, and Christofer Wayde, Martyrs.Nicolas Halle Brickelayer, and Christopher Wayd of Dartford, whiche both were condemned by Maurice B. of Rochester, about the last day of the moneth of Iune. The vj. Articles ministred to them were of the same ordinary course and effect, with the Articles of the other Martyrs before specified pag. 1852. the brief sūme wherof were these.

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¶ A brief summe of their Articles.

MarginaliaArticles obiected agaynst Nic. Hall and Christopher Wayde.1. FIrst, that they were Christen men, and professed the Catholicke determinations of our mother holy Church.

2. That they which maintein or hold, otherwise then our holy mother the Catholicke Church doth, are heretickes.

3. That they haue and do mainteine, that in the Sacrament of the aultar vnder the formes of bread and wyne, is not very body and bloud of CHRIST. And that the sayd very body of CHRIST is verely in heauen onely & not in the Sacrament.

4. Item, that they haue and do hold and mainteine, that the Masse as it is now vsed in the Catholicke Church is nought and abominable.

5. Item, that they haue ben and be amongest the people of that Iurisdiction vehemently suspected vpon the premisses and therupon indicted. &c.

¶ The aunsweres.

MarginaliaTheyr answers.TO these Articles they aunswered as commonly other vsed to do, which stand with CHRIST and his truth agaynst the false pretensed Catholickes and their sinister doctrine. Fyrst grauntyng them selues Christen men, and acknowledgyng the determinations of the holy Church, that is, of the congregatiō or body of CHRIST: saue that Halle denyed to cal þe Catholicke & Apostolicke church his mother, because MarginaliaThys word mother church, is not foūd in the scripture.hee found not this worde (mother) in the Scripture. To the second they graunted. To the thyrd Article as touchyng þe very body & bloud of CHRIST to be vnder þe formes of bread & wyne in substance they would not graunt, onely affirmyng the very body of hym to be in heauen, & in þe Sacramēt to be a token or remēbraunce of CHRISTES death: Nicholas Halle adding moreouer, and saying, that whereas before he held the Sa-

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crament to be but onely a token or remembraunce of CHRISTES death, now hee sayd, MarginaliaAnswere of N. Halle.that therein is neither token nor remembraūce, because it is now misused and cleane turned from CHRISTES Institution &c. And as concerning the Masse in the iiij. article to be abominable, Christopher Wayd with the other aunswered, MarginaliaAnswere of Chri. Wayd.that as they had confessed before so would they now not go from that they had said. To the fift Article, for the peoples suspiciō they made no great accoumpt nor stickyng to graunt to the same.

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And thus much concernyng the Articles and aunsweres of these good men. Which beyng receaued, immediatly MarginaliaCondemnatiō of N. Halle and Christopher Wayd, Martyrs.Sentence of condemnation was pronounced by the sayd Maurice the Byshop agaynst them, the copy of which sentēce, as it runneth much what after the cōmon course in condemnyng all other lyke seruaūtes of CHRIST, so the same beyng examplified before in the story of M. Rogers, pag. 1661. shall not greatly neede here agayne to bee repeated, but rather may bee referred ouer to the place aboue noted. Nic. Halle was burned at Rochester about the 19. day of Iuly.

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MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of Nich. Halle, at Rochester. An. 1555. Iuly. 19.¶ The burnyng of Nicholas Halle.

As touching Christopher Waide, albeit I haue no full certeintie where he suffred, yet most it is that hys martyrdome was at Dartford, about þe said xix. of Iuly.

MarginaliaEx Registro.Furthermore, with the foresaid Halle & Wayde, in the same moneth of Iuly, three other moe were condēned by Maurice Byshop aforenamed, whose names were, MarginaliaIoane Beach, Ioh. Harpolle, Margery Polley, condemned at Rochester.Ioane Beach wydow, 

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Joan Beach and John Harpool would not be executed until April 1556. The reason for this delay is unclear, but most unusually Joan Beach was condemned twice, once in July 1555 and once in April 1556 (PRO C/85/144 fos. 34r and 35r), suggesting perhaps that her original condemnation was invalid for some unknown reason.

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Iohn Harpolle of Rochester, and Margery Polley. But because their death folowed not vpō the same, we will therfore differre further tractation of them, till the due place and tyme shall require: except onely the death & Martyrdome of Margery Polley, which because it happened in this moneth of Iuly, it is not to be ouerpassed.

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The condemnation and Martyrdome of Margery Polley.

MarginaliaMargery Polley, Widow and Martyr.MArgery Polley wydow, 

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Foxe had endless trouble recording her name accurately. In the Rerum(p. 510) her name is given as John Polley and in 1563, it is given as Joan. (Foxe's early sources may well have confused Margery Polley and Joan Beech). In the 1570 edition, with the official records to guide him, Foxe corrected her name to Margery Polley.

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wife sometyme of Richard Polley of Pepyngbery,  
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The writ for Margery Polley's condemnation reveals that she was from Pepeling, a neighbourhood of Calais (PRO C/85/144, fo. 33r).

was accused and brought before the foresayd Maurice Byshop of Rochester about the begynnyng of the moneth of Iune. Which Byshop accordyng to the Pōtifical solemnitie of that Church, rising vp out of the chaire of his Maiestie in the hygh swellyng stile after his ordinary fashion to dashe the sely poore woman, begynneth in these wordes. MarginaliaEx Registro.

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