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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Quene Mary. Persecutiō in Northfolke. The Martyrdome of Iohn Noyes. His Letter.

MarginaliaAn. 1557. September.brought from Eye to Laxfield to be burned, MarginaliaIohn Noyes brought to the place of Martyrdome.and on the next day morning was brought to the stake where was ready agaynst his commyng the foresayd Iustice. M. Thurston, one M. Waller then beyng vnder Shriffe, and M. Thomas Louell beyng high Constable, as is before expressed, the which commaunded men to make ready all thinges meete for that sinfull purpose. MarginaliaThe fire put out in the towne where Iohn Noyes should be burned.Now the fire in most places of the streete was put out sauing a smoke was espied by the sayd Thomas Louell proceding out from the toppe of a chymney, to which house the Shriffe and Grannow his man went and brake open the door and therby got fire and brought the same to the place of execution. When Iohn Noyes came to þe place where he should be burned, he kneeled down and sayd the 50. Psalme with other prayers, and then they makyng hast bound him to the stake, and beyng bound the sayd Iohn Noyes sayd: Feare not them that can kill the body, but feare him that can kill both body and soule, and cast it into euerlastyng fire.

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MarginaliaThe wordes of Iohn Noyes to hys sister.When he saw his sister weepyng and makyng mone for him, he bad her that she should not weepe for hym, but weepe for her sinnes.

Then one Nicholas Cademan being Hastler, a valiant champion in the Popes affaires, brought a fagot and set agaynst hym: and the sayd Iohn Noyes tooke vp the fagot and kissed it, and sayd: blessed be the time that euer I was borne to come to this.

Then he deliuered his Psalter to the vnder shrieffe, desiring hym to be good to hys wife and children, and to deliuer to her that same booke: and the Sheriffe promised hym that he would: notwithstanding he neuer as yet performed his promise. Then the sayd Iohn Noyes sayd to the people: they say they can make God of a peece a bread: beleue them not.

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MarginaliaThe wordes of Iohn Noyes to the people.Then sayd he, good people beare witnes that I do beleue to be saued by the merites and passion of Iesus Christ, and not by my owne deedes: and so the fire was kindled and burned about hym: and then he sayd:

Lord haue mercy vpon me: Christ haue mercy vpon me:
Sonne of Dauid, haue mercy vpon me.

MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of Iohn Noyes at Laxfield. An. 1557. (or as some say. An. 1556.) Septēb. 22.¶ The burnyng of Iohn Noyes, Martyr.
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And so he yelded vp his life: and when his body was burned they made a pit to bury the coales and ashes, and amongst the same they found one of hys feete that was vnburned whole vp to þe ancle wyth the hose on, and that they buried with the rest.

Now while he was a burning, there stoode one Iohn

Iaruis by, a mans seruaunt of the same towne, a plaine fellow, which sayd: Good Lord, how the sinnewes of hys armes shrinke vp. MarginaliaIoh. Iaruis wrongfully troubled for wordes spoken at the burning of Noyes.And there stoode behinde hym one Grannow and Benet being the Sheriffes men, and they sayd to their Master, that Iohn Iaruis sayd, what vilayne wretches are these. And their Master bad lay hands on hym, and then they tooke hym and pinyed him, and caryed him before the Iustice that same day, and the iustice did examine hym of þe wordes aforesayd, but he denyed them, and aunswered, that he sayd nothing but this: good Lord, how the sinnewes of hys armes shrinke vp. But for all this the Iustice did binde hys father & hys master in fiue poundes a peece, that he should be forth comming at all tymes. And on the Wednesday next he was brought agayne before these Iustices, Master Thurston and Master Kene, they sitting at Fresingfielde in Hoxton hundred, and there they did appoint and commaund that the sayd Iohn Iaruis should be set in the stockes the next market day, and whipt about the market naked. But hys Master one William Iaruis did after craue frendship of the Constables, and they did not set him in þe stockes till the Sonday morning, & in the afternoone they did whippe hym about the market with a dog whippe hauing three cordes, and so they let hym go.

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¶ The copy of a certaine letter that he sent to cōfort his wife at such tyme as he lay in prison.

MarginaliaA letter of Iohn Noyes to hys wife.WIfe, you desired me that I would send you some tokens that you might remember me. As I dyd read in the new Testament, I thought it good to write vnto you certaine places of the Scripture for a remembraunce. S. Peter sayth: Dearely beloued, be not troubled with this heate that is now come among you to trye you, Marginaliaj. Pet. though some straunge thing had happened vnto you, but reioyce in somuch as ye are partakers of Christes suffrings, that when hys glory appeareth ye may be mery and glad. If ye be rayled on for the name of Christ, happy are ye, for the spirite of glory, and the spirite of God resteth vpon you.

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Marginaliaj. Pet. iiij.It is better if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doyng then for euill doing.

Marginaliaj. Pet. iiij.See that none of your suffer as a murtherer, as as a theefe, or an euill doer, or as a busy body in other mens matters: but if any man suffer as a Christian man, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorifie God in this behalfe: for the time is come that iudgement must begin at the house of God. If it first beginne at vs, what shall the end of thē be that beleue not the Gospell of God? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit their soules to hym in well doing.

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S. Paule sayth: Marginaliaij. Tim. iij.All that will liue godly in Christ Iesu must suffer persecution.

S. Iohn sayth: Marginaliaj. Iohn. ij.See that ye loue not the world, neither the thinges that are in the world.

If any man loue the world, the loue of the father is not in hym. For all that is in the world, as the luste of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the father, but is of the world, which vanisheth away and the lust thereof, but he that fulfilleth the will of God abideth for euer.

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S. Paule sayth: MarginaliaColoß. iij.If ye be risen agayne with Christ, seeke those thinges which are aboue, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on thinges that are aboue, and not on thinges which are on the earth.

Our Sauiour Christ sayth: MarginaliaMat. 18.Who so euer shall offend one of these litle ones that beleue in me, it were better for hym that a milstone were hāged about his necke, and that he were cast into the sea.

The Prophet Dauid sayth: MarginaliaPsal. 34.Great are the troubles of the righteous, but the Lord deliuereth them out of all.

Feare the Lord ye hys saintes, for they that feare hym, lacke nothing.

When the righteous cry, the Lord heareth them, and deliuereth them out of all their troubles: But misfortune shall slay the vngodly & they that hate the righteous shall perish.

Heare oh my people. I assure thee, O Israell, if thou wilt harken vnto me, there shall no straunge God be in thee, neither shalt thou worship any other God. Oh that my people would obey me, for if Israell would walke in my wayes, I should soone put downe their enemies and turne my hand against their aduersaries.

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Our Sauiour Christ sayth: MarginaliaMath. 10.The Disciple is not aboue hys maister, nor yet the seruaunt aboue his Lord. It is enough for the Disciple to be as his master is, and that the ser-

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