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. Diuers deliuered by Gods prouidence. Iohn Lithall deliuered.

Marginalia1558.Lith. We haue others.

Chaunc. Where be they?

Lith. In the whole world disparsed, preaching and professing the Gospell and faith onely in our Sauiour Iesus, as he commaunded them.

Chaunc. You boast much euery one of you of your faith and beliefe: Let me heare therfore the effect how you beleue.

Lith. MarginaliaIustification by fayth only.I beleue to be iustified freely by Christ Iesu, accordyng to the saying of S. Paul to the Ephesiās, without either deedes or workes, or any thyng that may be inuented by man.

Chaunc. Faith can not saue without workes.

Lith. That is cōtrary to the doctrine of the Apostles.

Chaunc. Iohn Auales, you and the keeper haue this fellow to prison.

Cluny, & Iohn Auales. Then Iohn Auales & Cluny the keeper had me into Paules, and would haue had me to haue seene the Apostles Masse.

Lith. I know none the Apostles had, and therfore I will see none.

Cluny, & Iohn Auales. Come kneele down before the roode, and say a Pater noster & an Aue in the worship of the fiue woundes.

Lith. I am forbidden by Gods own mouth to kneele to any Idoll or Image: therfore I will not.

Then they pulled me with great extremitie, the one hauing me by one arme, and the other by the other, but God gaue me at that present time more strength then both these, his name be praised for it.

MarginaliaLithall denyeth to kneele before the Roode.Then when they could not make me to kneele before the roode, neither to see their Masse, there gathered a great company about vs, and all agaynst me. Some spitte on me, and sayd: fie on thee hereticke, and other sayd it was pitie that I was not burned already.

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Then they caried me to Lollardes Tower and hanged me in a great payre of stockes, in the which I lay three dayes and three nightes, till I was so lame that I could neither sturre nor moue.

Then I offred the keeper certaine money and gold that I had about me, to release me out of the stockes: and he sayd I would not be ruled by him, neither to see Masse nor to kneele before the roode, and therfore I should lye there still. But I sayd I would neuer do the thing that should be against my conscience, and though you haue lamed my body, yet my conscience is whole, I prayse God for it. So shortly after he let me out of the stockes, more for the loue of my money (as it may be thought) then for any other affection, and within iiij. or fiue dayes my wife got leaue of Master Chauncellour to come to me, to bring me such thinges as were nedefull for me, and there I lay fiue weeks and odde dayes. In the which tyme diuers of my neighboures and frendes made sute to the Chauncellour for my deliueraunce, the Byshop, as they sayd, at that time being at Fulham sicke. MarginaliaLithalls neighbours make sute for him.So my neighbours beyng there, about 20. of them, the Chauncellour sent for me out of the Lollardes Tower to his owne house, and sayd as followeth.

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Chaunc. Lithall, here bee of thy neighbours which haue bene wyth me to intreate for thee, and they haue informed me that thou hast bene a very honest and a quiet neighbour amongest them, and I thinke it be Gods will that I should deliuer thee before my Lord come home. For if he come and thou go home agayne, I will be burned for thee, for I know his mynde already in that matter.

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Lith. I geue you harty thankes for your gentlenes, and my neighbours for their good report.

Chaunc. Lithall, if thy neighboures wyll be bound for thy forth comming whensoeuer thou shalt be called for, and also thou wilt be an obedient subiect, I shalbe content to deliuer thee.

Neighbours. If it please your worship, we will be

bound for him both in body and goodes.

Chaunc. I will requier no such bond of you, but that two of you will be bound in 20. pound a peece, that he shall come to aunswere when he shall be called.

Lith. Where find you, master Chauncellor, in all the scripture, that the church of God did bynde any man for the profession of his fayth? which profession you haue heard of me, that all our iustification, righteousnes, and saluation, commeth onely and freely by the merties of our sauiour Iesus Christ, and all the inuentions and workes of men, be they neuer so glorious, be altogether vayne, as the wise man sayth.

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Chaunc. Loe, where he is now. I put no such matter to you: for in that I beleue as you do: but yet S. Iames sayth that a man is iustified by workes.

Lith. MarginaliaS. Iames expounded.S. Iames spake to those that boasted themselues of fayth and shewed no workes of fayth. But O master Chauncellor, remēber I pray you, how all the promises and prophesies of the holy scripture, euen from the first promise that God made to Adam, and so euen to the latter end to the Reuelation of S. Iohn, do testifie that in þe name of Iesus, and onely by his merites, all that beleue shall be saued from all their sinnes and offences. Esay sayth: MarginaliaEsay. 65.I am found of them that sought me not, and am manifest to them that asked not after me: but against Israell he sayth: all day long haue I stretched out my hand to a people that beleue not. And when the Iaylor asked S. Paule what he should do to be saued, the Apostle sayd: MarginaliaActes. 16.beleue in the Lord Iesus, and thou shalt be saued and all thy housholde. Agayne, S. Iohn sayth in the Reuelation, that there was none, neyther in heauen, nor in earth, neither vnder the earth, that was able to open the booke nor the seales thereof, but onely the Lambe Iesus our onely Sauiour. And S. Paule saith: MarginaliaHebr. 9.with one offring hath he made perfect for euer them that are sanctified.

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Chaunc. With vayne glory you rehearse much scripture, as all the sort of you do: but you haue no more vnderstadning than a many of sheepe. But to the purpose. Will you that your neighbours shall enter into bondes for you, or not?

Lith. By my mynde they shall not. MarginaliaLithall refuseth to put in bonde.Wherefore I desire you that you would not bynde me, but let me serue God with my conscience freely. For it is written: MarginaliaApoc. 13.they that lead into captiuity shall go into captiuity, and they that strike with the sworde shall perish with the sworde. Also it is written in the Gospell of our Sauiour Iesus Christ: MarginaliaMath. 18.that who so doth offend one of these litle ones which beleue in me, it were better for him that a milstone were hanged about his necke, and that he were cast into the depth of the sea. Of the which I am assured by his holy spirite that I am one. Wherefore be you well assured that such mercy as you shew, vnto you shall be shewed the like.

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Chaunc. You are a mad mā. I would not binde you, but that I must needes haue somwhat to shew for your deliueraunce. Then he called two of my neighboures, Thomas Daniell and Saunders Maybe, which offred themselues to be found, and called me before them, and sayd: I haue a letter of his owne hand writing with his name & seale at it, with a booke also against the Regiment of women, for the which I could make hym to be hanged, drawen, and quartred, but on my fayth I will him no more hurt, then I meane to mine owne soule.

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Lith. I desire you that be my neighbours and frends, that you will not enter into bondes for me: for you know not the daunger thereof, neyther I my selfe: It goeth against my conscience that ye should so do.

Chaunc. Why, I will not bynde you to do any thing against your conscience.

Neighboures. Then they made the bond MarginaliaHis neighbors enter into bonde for him. and sealed to it, and willed me that I should seale to it also: and I sayd that I would not, neyther coulde I obserue the bonde, and therefore I would not set to my hand.

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