Thematic Divisions in Book 12
1. Exhumations of Bucer and Phagius along with Peter Martyr's Wife2. Pole's Visitation Articles for Kent3. Ten Martyrs Burnt at Canterbury4. The 'Bloody Commission'5. Twenty-two Prisoners from Colchester6. Five Burnt at Smithfield7. Stephen Gratwick and others8. Edmund Allen and other martyrs9. Alice Benden and other martyrs10. Examinations of Matthew Plaise11. Richard Woodman and nine other martyrs12. Ambrose13. Richard Lush14. Edmund Allen15. The Martyrdom of Simon Miller and Elizabeth Cooper16. Rose Allin and nine other Colchester Martyrs17. John Thurston18. George Eagles19. Richard Crashfield20. Fryer and George Eagles' sister21. Joyce Lewes22. Rafe Allerton and others23. Agnes Bongeor and Margaret Thurston24. John Kurde25. John Noyes26. Cicelye Ormes27. Persecution at Lichfield28. Persecution at Chichester29. Thomas Spurdance30. Hallingdale, Sparrow and Gibson31. John Rough and Margaret Mearing32. Cuthbert Simson33. William Nicholl34. Seaman, Carman and Hudson35. Three at Colchester36. A Royal Proclamation37. Roger Holland and other Islington martyrs38. Stephen Cotton and other martyrs39. Scourging of Thomas Hinshaw40. Scourging of John Milles41. Richard Yeoman42. John Alcocke43. Thomas Benbridge44. Four at St Edmondsbury45. Alexander Gouch and Alice Driver46. Three at Bury47. A Poor Woman of Exeter48. Priest's Wife of Exeter49. The Final Five Martyrs50. John Hunt and Richard White51. John Fetty52. Nicholas Burton53. John Fronton54. Another Martyrdom in Spain55. Baker and Burgate56. Burges and Hoker57. The Scourged: Introduction58. Richard Wilmot and Thomas Fairfax59. Thomas Greene60. Bartlett Greene and Cotton61. Steven Cotton's Letter62. James Harris63. Robert Williams64. Bonner's Beating of Boys65. A Beggar of Salisbury66. Providences: Introduction67. William Living68. The Miraculously Preserved69. Edward Grew70. William Browne71. Elizabeth Young72. Elizabeth Lawson73. Christenmas and Wattes74. John Glover75. Dabney76. Alexander Wimshurst77. Bosom's wife78. Lady Knevet79. John Davis80. Anne Lacy81. Crosman's wife82. Congregation at Stoke in Suffolk83. Congregation of London84. Englishmen at Calais85. Edward Benet86. Jeffrey Hurst87. William Wood88. Simon Grinaeus89. The Duchess of Suffolk90. Thomas Horton 91. Thomas Sprat92. John Cornet93. Thomas Bryce94. Gertrude Crockhey95. William Mauldon96. Robert Horneby97. Mistress Sandes98. Tome 6 Life and Preservation of the Lady Elizabeth99. The Unprosperous Queen Mary100. Punishments of Persecutors101. Foreign Examples102. A Letter to Henry II of France103. The Death of Henry II and others104. Admonition to the Reader
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Queene Mary. The burning of Rose Allins hand.

Marginalia1557. August.of God: but do dayly allure many other away from the same, which before did outwardly shew signes and tokens of obedience.

They assemble together vppon the Sabboth day in the tyme of diuine seruice, sometimes in one house, sometime in an other, and there keepe theyr priuy conuenticles and scholes of heresy. The Iurates sayth, the Lords commission is out, and they are discharged of their oth. The quest men in your Archdeacons visitation alleageth that forasmuch as they were once presented and now sent home, they haue no more to do with them nor none other. Your officers saith, namely M. Boswell, that the counsell sent them not home without a great consideration. I pray God some of your officers proue not fauourers of heretickes. The rebels are stout in the towne of Colchester.

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The ministers of the church are hemde at in the open streetes, and called knaues. The blessed Sacrament of the aultar is blasphemed and rayled vppon in euery Alehouse and Tauerne. Prayer and fasting is not regarded. Sedicious talkes and newes are rife, both in towne and countrey, in as ample aud large maner, as though there had no honorable Lordes and Cōmissioners bene sent for reformation thereof. The occasion riseth partly by reason of Iohn Lone of Colchester hieth (a peruerse place) which Iohn Lone was twise indicted of heresie, and there vppon fledde with his wyfe and houshould, and his goodes seased within the towne of Colchester, to the king and Queenes maiesties vse. Neuerthelesse the sayd Iohn is come home agayne, and nothing sayd or done to hym. Whereupon the heretickes are wonderfully encouraged, to the no litle discomfort of good & Catholicke people, which dayly prayeth to God for the profite, vnity, and restauration of his church agayne, which thyng shall come the sooner to passe, thorough the trauaile and paynes of such honorable Lords and reuerend fathers, as your good Lordship is, vnto whom I wish long life and cōtinuance, with encrease of much honor. From Colchester the xviij. of December.

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Your humble Bedes man
Thomas Tye Priest.

Whē Iudasly this wicked Priest had thus wrought his malice agaynst the people of God, within a while after, the stormes began to arise agaynst those poore persecuted William Munt and his company, 

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See 1563, pp. 1563-67; 1570, pp. 2156-59; 1576, pp. 1864-65 and 1583, pp. 1971-74.


they were enforced to hide them selues from the heate therof. And continuyng so a litle space, at the last, the seuenth day of March. an. 1557. beyng the first Sōday in Lent, and by. ij. of the clocke in the morning, one M. Edmūd Tirrell (who came of the house of that Tirrels which murdered kyng Edward the fift and his brother) tooke with him MarginaliaW. Simuell, Ioh. Baker, W. Harries, persecutors.the Bailiffe of the hundred called William Simuell, dwelling in Colchester, and the two Constables of Muchbentley aforesayd, named Iohn Baker and William Harries, with diuers other a great number: and besettyng the house of the sayd W. Munt round about, called to thē at length to open the doore, MarginaliaThe taking of W. Munt, hys wife, and Rose Allin their daughter.which beyng done M. Tirrell with certaine of his cōpany, went into the chamber where þe sayd father Munt and his wife lay, willyng them to rise: for (sayd he) ye must go with vs to Colchester Castell. Mother Munt hearyng that, beyng very sicke, desired that her daughter might first fetch her some drinke: for she was (she sayd) very ill at ease. Then he gaue her leaue & bad her go. So her daughter, the forenamed Rose Allin, mayd, tooke a stone pot in one hād, and a candel in the other, & went to draw drinke for her mother: and as she came backe agayne through the house, Tirrell met her, & willed to geue her father and mother good counsell, and to aduertise them to be better Catholicke people.

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MarginaliaTalke betwene Ed. Tyrrell, and Rose Allin.Rose. Syr, they haue a better instructour then I. For the holy Ghost doth teach them I hope, which I trust will not suffer them to erre.

Tirrell. Why sayd Maister Tirrel, art thou still in that mind, thou naughty houswife? Mary it is tyme to looke vpon such heretickes in deede.

Rose. Syr, with that which you cal heresie, do I worshyp my Lord God, I tell you trouth.

Tirrell. Then I perceiue you will burne, gossyp, with the rest, for companies sake.

Rose. No Syr, not for companies sake, but for my Christes sake, if so I be compelled, & I hope in his mercies, if he call me to it, he will enhable me to beare it.

Tirell. So he turning to his cōpany, sayd? Syrs this gossip will burne: do ye not thinke it? Mary Syr, quoth one, proue her, & you shall see what she will do by & by.

¶ The burnyng of Rose Allins hand, by Syr Edmund Tirrell, as she was goyng to fetch drinke for her mother, lying sicke in her bed.
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As the Marian persecution reaches its peak, Bishop Bonner, Foxe's arch-villain, receives an increasing coverage of pictorial denigration and caricature. Readers learned how to recognize his features, as well as his grotesque activities. This event is a close parallel to the earlier burning of Tomkins' hand, carried out by Bonner himself. The actor here is Thomas Tyrrell, presented as a man of murderous bloodline. He holds the sufferer's hand in the candle flame - just as Bonner had held Tomkins' - till the household could hear the sinews crack. The girl triumphantly endures, though she might have attacked her torturer with the pitcher of water her bedridden mother is waiting for. The inset scene of three martyrs praying in flames makes visually explicit the obvious links between two sorts of trial by fire, and Foxe's text returns to his earlier parallel in Livy of King Porsena and the burning of M. Scaevola's hand, and gives yet another example of Bonner's hand burning.

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