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. Godly Letter of Iohn Hullier, Martyr. Vj. Martyrs of Colchester.

Marginalia1556. Aprill.and ioyne not your selues to their vnlawful assemblies: yea, do not once shew your selues with the lest part of your body, to fauour their wicked doynges, MarginaliaThe body must adioyne with the spirite in seruing of God.but glorifie God (as most right is) so well in your whole body outwardly, as inwardly in your spirite, or els you can do neither of both well: for your body doth belong to God, so well as your spirite. At the dreadfull day of iudgemēt we shall all receiue the workes of our bodyes, accordyng to that we haue done, whether it be good or bad.

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Therefore whatsoeuer we do, we may not bryng the spirite in bondage to the body, but cōtrarywise we must subdue the body and the will of the flesh to the spirit, that the spirite may freely accomplishe the will of God in all thinges: for otherwise we shall neuer be partakers of his promise, with the true children of Abraham. For as S. Paul sayth: They which are the children of the fleshe, are not the children of God. If we shall lyue accordyng to the flesh, we shall dye. For to be carnally mynded, is death: but to be spiritually mynded, is lyfe and peace, because that the fleshly mynded is enmitie to God: for it is not obedient to the law of God, neither can be. So then they that are in the flesh can not please God. Now chuse you which way you will take: eyther the narrow way that leadeth vnto lyfe, which CHRIST hymselfe and hys fathfull followers haue gone through before: or els the broad path way that leadeth to destruction, which the wicked worldlinges take their pleasure in for a while. MarginaliaFaithfull admonition.I for my part haue now written this short admonition vnto you of good wyll (as God be my witnes) to exhort you to that way which at length you your selues should proue and find to be best, yea and reioyce thereof. And I do not onely wryte this, but I will also with the assistance of Gods grace) ratify, and confirme, and seale the same wyth the effusion of my bloud, when the full tyme shall be expyred that he hath appoynted: which (so farre forth as I may iudgde) must nedes be within these few daies. Therefore I now byd you all most hartely farewell in the Lord, whose grace be with your spirite, Amē. Watch and pray, watch and pray, pray, pray. Sobeit.

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Iohn Hullier.

Besides these letters the sayd Iohn Hullier left also a godly prayer, which if any be disposed to peruse, it is extant in the old boke of Actes to be foūd, pag. 1515. 

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This prayer was first printed in Rerum, pp. 540-42 and then in 1563. It was never printed in Letters of the Martyrs or any subsequent edition of the Acts and Monuments. BL, Harley 416, fos. 18v-20r is a copy of this letter.

The death and matyrdome of sixe constant professours of Christ, burned at Colchester for the testimony of the Gospell, the. 28. day of Aprill. 
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Christopher Lister and Five Other Martyrs

The entire account of these martyrs first appeared in the 1563 edition; there were no changes to it in subsequent editions. All of this material came from official records, probably from a court book of Bishop Bonner's which is now lost.

MarginaliaAprill. 28. MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of sixe men at Colchester.NOt long after the death of Robert Drakes, William Tyms, and the other Essex Martyrs, executed in Smithfield, as is aboue specified, followed in the same order lykewyse of Martyrdome, at one lyke fyre in the towne of Colchester, (where the most part of them did inhabite) sixe other blessed Martyrs, whose names be these:

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Christopher Lister, of Dagneham, husbandman.
Iohn Mace, of Colchester, Poticary. 

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John Mace was a figure of some prominence in Colchester; he had been sergeant-at-arms of the city until the end of Edward's reign. He was also the brother-in-law of Thomas Dybney, a Colchester alderman who was brought before the privy council in May 1556 and forced publicly to recant his religious convictions.

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Joan Dybney, Thomas Dybney's daughter-in-law, was harassed for her protestant beliefs in Mary's reign and fled into exile (Laquita M. Higgs, Godliness and Governance in Tudor Colchester [Ann Arbor, MI: 1998] pp. 170-71 and 1563, p. 1678). Joan Dybney was also the mother, by a previous marriage, of Thomas Firefanne who would be one of 22 protestants arrested in Colchester and brought to London for trial (Higgs, Godliness and Governance, pp. 224-25).

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Iohn Spenser, of Colchester, VVeauer.
Simon Ioyne, Sawyer.
Richard Nicols, of Colchester, VVeauer. 
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Nichols was one of the protestant prisoners in Newgate, led by William Tyms, whom Henry Hart, the leader of the freewillers, tried to convert. Nichols joined the other prisoners in denouncing Hart. (See ECL 260, fo. 87r-v; also see 1563, p. 1530. For a discussion of the episode see Thomas Freeman, 'Dissenters from a DissentingChurch: The Challenge of the Freewillers, 1550-1558' in Peter Marshall and Alec Ryrie,eds., The Beginnings of English Protestantism [Cambridge: 2002], pp. 140-41).

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Iohn Hamond, of Colchester, Tanner. 
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In 1530, John Hammond had been forced to recant his religious covictions (Laquita Higgs, Godliness and Governance in Tudor Colchester [Ann Arbor, MI: 1998], pp. 111 and 172).

MarginaliaRoger Grasbroke.Wyth these. vj. was also ioyned an other, whose name was Roger Grasbroke, but hee afterward submitted him selfe. These aboue named, the Byshop, because he (as it seemeth by the short processe recorded by hys Register) waxed now weery, made a very quicke dispatch. For soone after that, they were deliuered vnto one MarginaliaIohn Kingston B. Boners Cōmissary in Essex.Iohn Kingstone, Bacheler of ciuill law, and then Commissary to the Bishop, by the Earle of Oxford and other Commissioners (as appeareth by a byll endented, made betwene the Commissioners, and the sayd Commissary, MarginaliaThese Martyrs were deliuered by þe Earle of Oxford to the Commissary, and by the Cōmissary to the Bishop. for the recept of the sayd prisoners, dated the. xxviij. day of March, Anno regni Regis & Reginæ, Philippi & Mariæ, secundo & tertio. 

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Anno regni Regis & Reginae, Philippi & Mariae, secundo & tertio.

Foxe text translation

Not translated.

Translation (Cattley-Pratt 1877, viii, 86)

in the second and third year of the king and queen, Philip and Mary

which is the yeare of our Lord. 1556.) and by him sent vp vnto his Lord and Master, the Byshop caused them to bee brought vnto his house at Fulham: Where in the open church, iudicially were ministred vnto them

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the same articles, that were propounded vnto Bartlet Grene and others, mencioned before pag. 2015. MarginaliaThese Articles reade before pag. 2015. To the which they made their seuerall aunsweres, agreeing all together in one truth, as by the sūme and effect thereof here ensuing, more playnely appeareth.

MarginaliaTheir answeres to the Bishops articles.1. To the first article they all consented and agreed: Iohn Spenser adding further thereto, that the church malignant, MarginaliaThe church of Rome no part of Christes Catholicke Church.(which is the church of Rome) is no part of CHRISTES Catholicke church: and that hee neyther hath, nor doth beleue the doctrine and religion, taught and set forth in the sayd Romish and malignant Church.

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2. To the second they aunswered: that they beleued that in the true Catholicke church of CHRIST, MarginaliaTwo Sacramentes.there be but two Sacraments: that is to say, the Sacrament of baptisme, and the Sacrament of the body and bloud of CHRIST.

3. To the thyrd article they all agreed, confessing that they were baptised in the fayth and beliefe of the catholick church, and that their godfathers and godmothers had professed and promised for them as is conteyned in the same article.

4. To the fourth they aunswered, that they alwaies were, and yet did continue in the fayth and profession, MarginaliaProfession of Baptisme.wherein they were baptised: Richard Nicols adding also: that hee had more playnely learned the truth of his profession by the doctrine set forth in king Edward the sixt his dayes, and thereupon he had builded hys fayth, and would continue in the same to hys lyues ende, God assisting hym.

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5. To the fift they answered, that they neyther swarued nor went away from the catholicke faith of Christ. MarginaliaTo deny the beggerly vsages of the Popes church, is not to deny the Catholike faith of Christ.Howbeit they confessed, that wythin the tyme articulate (and before) they had mislyked and earnestly spoken agaynst the sacrifice of the Masse, and agaynst the Sacrament of the aultar, affirming that they would not come to heare or bee partakers thereof, because they had and then dyd beleue, that they were set forth and vsed contrary to Gods word and glory. And moreouer they did graūt that they had spokē against þe vsurped autority of he Byshop of Rome, as an oppressour of CHRISTES church, and Gospell, MarginaliaThe Pope ought to haue no authority in England.and that he ought not to haue any autority in England. For all which sayings they were no whit sory, but rather reioyced and were glad.

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6. To the sixt they aunswered, that they neuer refused, nor yet then presently dyd refuse to be reconciled to the vnity of CHRISTES catholicke church, but they sayd they had, and then did, and so euer would hereafter vtterly refuse to come to the church of Rome, or to acknowledge the autority of the sea thereof, MarginaliaThe church of Rome to be abhorred.but did vtterly abhorre the same, for putting downe þe booke of God the Bible, and setting vp the Babylonical Masse, wyth all other of Antichristes marchaundise.

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7. To the seuenth article, the effect thereof they all graunted. And Simond Ioyne declared further, MarginaliaAgainst the Popes trumpery.that the cause of hys refusing to be partaker of their trumpery, was for that the commaundements of God were there broken, and CHRISTES ordinances chaunged and put out, and the Byshop of Romes ordinances in steede threof put in. Moreouer, as touching the Sacrament of CHRISTES body, Christopher Lister affirmed MarginaliaAgaynst transubstantiation.that in the sayd Sacrament there is the substance of bread and wyne, as well after the wordes of consecration as before, and that there is not in the same the very body and bloud of CHRIST really, substantially, and truely, but onely sacramentally and spiritually by fayth in the faythfull receiuers, MarginaliaAgainst the Masse.and that the Masse is not propitiatory, for the quicke or for the deade, but mere idolatry and abomination.

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8. To the eight they sayd, that they were sent to Colchester prison by the king and Queenes Commissioners, because they would not come to their parish churches, and by them sent vnto the Bishop of London, to be thereof further examined.

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