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 Martyrdome of Rich. Yeoman. Iohn Alcocke. M. Benbrige.

Marginalia1558. Iuly.Dale through sicknes of the prison and euill keeping, dyed in prison, whose body when he was deade, was throwne out and buryed in the fieldes. He was a man of xlvj. yeares of age, a Weauer by his occupation, MarginaliaCommendation of Ioh. Dale.wel learned in the holy scriptures, faithfull and honest in all his conuersation, stedfast in confession of the true doctrine of Christ set forth in K. Edwardes time: For the which he ioyfully suffred prison and chaynes, and frō this worldly dungeon he departed in Christ to eternall glory, & the blessed paradise of euerlasting felicitie.

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After that Iohn Dale was dead, MarginaliaYeoman remoued to Norwich.Rich. Yeoman was remoued to Norwich prison, where after straite and euill keeping, he was examined of his faith and religion. Then he boldly and constantly confessed himselfe to be of þe fayth and confession that was set forth by the late king, of blessed memory, holy king Edward þe sixt, and from that he would in no wise vary. Beyng required to submit himselfe to the holy father the Pope, I defy hym (quoth he) and all his detestable abominations: I will in no wise haue to do with hym, nor any thing that appertayneth to hym. MarginaliaThe chiefe matters obiected to Rich. Yeoman.The chiefe articles obiected to hym were hys mariage, and the Masse sacrifice. Wherefore when hee continued stedfast in confession of the truth, he was condemned, disgraded, and not onely burnt, but most cruelly tormented in the fire. So ended he his poore and miserable

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MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of Richard Yeoman, Minister, at Norwich. An. 1558. Iuly. 10.¶ The burnyng of Richard Yeoman.
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life, and entred into the blessed bosome of Abraham, enioying with Lazarus the comfortable quietnes that God hath prepared for his elect saintes.

The story of Iohn Alcocke. 
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: John Alcock

In the 1563 edition Foxe printed a confused account of John Alcock's life, which clearly came from different sources which Foxe, probably due to haste, imperfectly reconciled. The account included Alcock's letters (1563, pp. 1663-67). In the 1570 edition, Foxe removed the inconcistencies in this account, but he also removed the letters. This account remained unchanged in subsequent editions, but the letters were added in an appendix to the 1583 edition (pp. 2146-49). This entire account rests on the testimony of individual informants; interestingly, Foxe had access to official documents on Alcock (a copy of Alcock's examination by the privy council is among Foxe's papers -see BL, Lansdowne 389, fo. 212v), but Foxe did not use them.

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MarginaliaThe storye of Iohn Alcocke.THere was also in Hadley, a yong mā named Iohn Alcocke, which came to Hadley seeking worke, for he was a shereman by his occupation. Thys yong mā after the Martyrdome of Doct. Taylour, and taking of Rich. Yeoman, vsed first in the Church of Hadley to read the seruice in Englishe, as partly is aboue touched, pag. 1694. At length after the commyng of Parson Newall, he beyng in Hadley Church vppon a Sonday when the Parson came by with procession, would not once moue his cap, nor shew any signe of reuerence, but stoode behind the font. MarginaliaParson Newall in a rage agaynst Iohn Alcocke, for not going on procession.Parson Newall perceauing this, when he was almost out of the church dore, ran backe agayne, and caught him, and called for the Constable.

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Then came Robert Rolfe, with whom this young man wrought, and asked: Master Parson, what hath

he done, that ye are in such a rage with hym?

He is an hereticke and a traytor (quoth the Parson) and despiseth the Queenes procedinges. Wherefore I commaund you in þe Queenes name, haue hym to the stockes, and see he be forth comming.

Well (quoth Rolfe MarginaliaRob. Rolfe an honest Constable of Hadley.) he shall be foorth comming: procede in your busines and be quiet. Haue him to the stockes (quoth the parson.)

I am Constable quoth Rolfe, and may bayle him, and will bayle him: he shall not come in the stockes, but he shall be foorth comming. So went the good person foorth with his holy procession, and so to Masse.

At afternoone Rolfe sayd to this young man: I am sory for thee, for truely the person will seeke thy destruction, if thou take not good heede what thou answerest him.

The young mā answered: Syr, I am sory that it is my lucke to be a trouble to you. As for my selfe I am not sory, but I doo commit my selfe into Gods hands, and I trust he will geue me mouth and wisedome to answere according to right.

Well (quoth Rolfe) yet beware of him. For he is malicious, and a bloudsucker, and beareth an olde hatred agaynst me, and he will handle you the more cruelly, because of displeasure agaynst me.

I feare him not (quoth the young man). He shall doo no more to me then God will geue him leaue: & happy shall I be if God wil cal me to dye for his truthes sake.

After thys talke, they then went to the parson, MarginaliaAlcocke brought to parson Newall. who at the first asked him: Fellow, what sayest thou to the sacrament of the altar?

I say (quoth he) as ye vse the matter, ye make a shamefull idoll of it, and ye are false idolatrous priestes all the sort of you.

I tolde you (quoth the parson) he was a stoute hereticke.

So, after long talke the person committed him to warde: and the next day rode he vp to London, MarginaliaParson Newall caryeth vp Ioh. Alcocke to London.and caryed the young man with him, and so came the young man no more agayne to Hadley, but after long imprisonment in Newgate, 

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In the 1563 edition, Foxe correctly identified John Alcock with the 'John Awcock' whom he had mentioned earlier as dying in Newgate (1563, p. 1117; 1570, p. 1731; 1576, p. 1478 and 1583, p. 1651). But on this same page, he also states that Alcock was burned at Smithfield. Foxe corrected this error in subsequent editions.

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where after many examinatiōs and troubles, for that he would not submit him sefe to aske fogeuenes of the Pope, and to be reconciled to the Romish religion, he was cast into the lower doungeon, where with euill keping, and sickenes of the house he dyed in prison. MarginaliaIoh. Alcocke dyed in Newgate. Thus dyed he a Martyr of Christes Veritie, which he hartely loued and constantly confessed, and receaued the garland of a well foughten battell at þe hand of þe Lord. MarginaliaIoh. Alcocke buryed of the Papistes in a dunghill.His body was cast out and buried in a donghill. For the Papistes would in all thinges be like them selues: Therfore would they not so much as suffer the dead bodyes to haue honest and conuenient sepulture.

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Thomas Benbrige, Gentleman and Martyr, wrongfully condemned and put to death by the cruell Papistes, for the defense of the Gospel of Christ Iesus. 
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Thomas Benbridge

This account first appeared in the 1563 edition and it was unchanged in subsequent editions. This account was based on the articles alleged against Benbridge and his answers to them, which were probably copied from the Winchester diocesan records, and also on the testimony of individual informants.

MarginaliaIuly. 29. MarginaliaThe story of Thomas Benbrige, Martyr.THomas Benbrige a Gentlemā, single and vnmaried, 

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Note that a passage here, which only appears in the 1563 edition, states that Benbridge was 'half sure' (i.e., betrothed). On the gentry status of Benbridge and his family, see R. H. Fritze, '"A Rare Example of Godlyness Amongst Gentleman": The Role of the Kingsmill and Gifford Families in Promoting the Reformation in Hampshire' in Protestantism and the National Church, ed. Peter Lake and Maria Dowling (London, 1987), pp. 154-55.

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in the dioces of Winchester, although he might haue liued a pleasant and a gentlemans life in the wealthy possessions of this wolrd, yet to follow Christ, had rather enter into the straite gate of persecution, to the heauenly possession of life in the Lordes kingdome, then here to inioy pleasures present with vnquietnes of conscience. Wherfore manfully standing agaynst the Papistes, for the defence of the sincere doctrine of Christes Gospell, he spared not him selfe to confirme the doctrine of the Gospel. For the which cause he being apprehended for an aduersary of the Romishe religion, MarginaliaM. Benbrige examined before the B. of Winchester.was forthwith had to examination before D. White Bishop of Winchester, where he susteyned sondry conflictes for the truth, agaynst the

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