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. Gods punishment vpon Persecutors and contemners of his Gospell.

MarginaliaAn. 1558.helpe) would thē in their sight seale and confirme with his bloud. Whiles he was thus charitably occupyed and zelously instructyng the people, a seruaunt of the Sheriffes goyng by & hearyng him, cryed out aloude vnto them, and blasphemously sayd: beleue him not good people. He is an hereticke, and a mad man, out of his wit: MarginaliaThe Shriffes seruaunt vilye rayling against Iames Abbes.beleue him not, for it is heresie that he sayth. And as the other continued in his godly admonitions, so did this wicked wretch still blow forth his blasphemous exclamations vntill they came vnto the stake where he should suffer. Vnto the which this constant Marytr was tyed, and in the end cruelly burned, as in his history more fully is already declared.

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MarginaliaA fearefull example of Gods righteous iudgement agaynst þe Sheriffes seruaunt rayling against Iam. Abbes.But immediatly after þe fire was put vnto him (such was þe fearefull stroke of Gods iustice vpō this blasphemous railer) that he was there presently in þe sight of all þe people, stricken with a frenesie, wherwith he had before most raylingly charged that good Martyr of God, who in this furious rage & madnes, casting of his shoes with all the rest of his clothes, cried out vnto þe people and sayd: Thus did Iames Abbes that true seruant of God, who is saued, but I am damned. And thus ranne he round about the Towne of Bury, still crying out that Iames Abbes was a good man and saued, but he was damned. The Sheriffe then beyng amased, caused him to be taken and tyed in a darke house, and by force compelled him agayne to put on his clothes, thinking therby within a while to bryng him to some quietnes. But he (all that notwithstandyng) as soone as they were gone, continued his former ragyng: and castyng of his clothes, cried as he did before: Iames Abbes is the seruaunt of God and is saued, but I am damned.

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At length he was tyed in a carte, and brought home vnto his masters house, and within halfe a yeare or thereaboutes, he beyng at þe point of death, the Priest of the Parish was sent for: who commyng vnto hym, brought with him the Crucifix and their houseling host of the altar. MarginaliaExample how Popery bringeth to desperation.Which geare when the poore wretch saw, he cried out of the Priest and defied all that baggage, saying that the Priest with such other as he was, were the cause of his damnatiō, and that Iames Abbes was a good man, and saued. And so shortly after he dyed.

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MarginaliaClarke hanged him selfe.Clarke an open enemie to the Gospell and all godly Preachers, in K. Edwardes dayes hanged him selfe in the Tower of London.

MarginaliaThe sodeine death of Troling Smith.The great & notable Papist called Troling Smith, of late fell downe sodeinly in the streete and died.

MarginaliaDale the Promotor eaten wt Lice.Dale þe Promotor was eaten into his body wt Lice, and so dyed, as it is well knowen of many, & confessed also by his fellow Ioh. Auales, before credible witnes.

MarginaliaCoxe the Promotor sodeinly died.Coxe an earnest Protestant in K. Edwardes daies, and in Q. Maries time a Papist & a Promotor, going wel & in health to bed (as it seemed) was dead before the morning. Testified by diuers of the neighbors.

MarginaliaAlexander the cruell Keeper of Newgate, dyed a rotten death.Alexander the Keeper of Newgate, a cruell enemie to those that lay there for religion, died very miserably, being so swollen that he was more like a monster then a man, and so rotten within that no man could abide the smell of hym. This cruell wretch, to hasten the poore lambes to þe slaughter, would go to Boner, Story, Cholmley, & other, crying out: rid my prison, rid my prison: I am too much pestered with these heretickes.

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MarginaliaThe sodeine death of Iames, Alexanders sonne.The sōne of þe sayd Alexander called Iames, hauing left vnto him by his father great substance, within iij. yeares wasted all to nought: And whē some marueiled how he spent those goods so fast: O said he, euill gotten, euill spent: and shortly after as he went in Newgate market, he fell down sodeinly & there wretchedly dyed.

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MarginaliaIohn Peter, Alexanders sonne in lawe, rotted away.Iohn Peter, sonne in law to this Alexander, an horrible blasphemer of God, & no lesse cruell to the said prisoners, rotted away, & so most miserably died. Who cōmonly whē he would affirme any thing, were it true or

false, vsed to say: If it be not true, I pray God I rotte ere I die. Witnes the Printer hereof, wt diuers other.

MarginaliaIustice Lelond persecutor, plagued.With these I might inferre the sodeine death of Iustice Lelond persecutor of Ieffray Hurst, mentioned before pag. 2281.

MarginaliaRobert Baulding, persecutor.Also the death of Robert Bauldyng stricken with lightning at þe taking of William Seaman, wherupon he pined away and died, pag. 2232.

MarginaliaBeard the Promotor.Likewise þe wretched end of Beard the Promotor.

MarginaliaRobert Blomfield persecutor.Moreouer, the cōsuming away of Rob. Blomfield, perseuctor of William Browne, specified pag. 2268.

MarginaliaThe iudgement of God vpon Ioh. Rockwood. Lady Honor. and George Bradway. persecutors in Calice.Further, to returne a litle backward to kyng Henryes tyme, here might be induced also the example of Iohn Rockwood, who in his horrible end, cryed all to late, with the same wordes which he had vsed before in persecutyng Gods poore people of Calyce. pag. 1406.

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Also the iudgement of God vpon Lady Honor a persecutor, and of George Bradway a false accuser, both bereft of their wittes, pag. 1405.

MarginaliaRich. Long drowned him selfe.Likewise of Richard Long a persecutor, who drowned him selfe, pag. 1403.

MarginaliaThe iust punishment of God vpon Syr Rafe Ellerker, persecutor.And what a notable spectacle of Gods reuenging iudgement haue we to consider in Syr Rafe Ellerker, who as he was desirous to see the hart taken out of Adā Damlyp, whō they most wrongfully put to death: so shortly after þe said Syr Rafe Ellerker being slaine of the Frenchmen, they all to māglyng him, after they had cut of his priuie mēbers, would not so leaue him, before they might see hys hart cut out of his body, pag. 1407.

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MarginaliaThe sodeine death of D. Foxeford.Doct. Foxford Chauncellour to B. Stokesley, a cruell persecutor, died sodeinly. Read pag. 1200.

MarginaliaPauier a persecutor, hanged him selfe.Pauier or Pauie, Towne Clerke of London, & a bitter enemie to the Gospell, hanged him selfe, pag. 1199.

Steuen Gardiner hearyng of the pitifull ende of Iudge Hales after he had drowned him selfe, takyng occasion thereby, called the followyng and profession of the Gospell a doctrine of desperation. But as Iudge Hales neuer fell into that inconuenience before he had consented to Papistry: so who so well considereth the end of Doct. Pendleton (which at his death full sore repented that euer he had yelded to the doctrine of the Papistes, as he did) 

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There was considerable dispute as to whether Henry Pendleton renounced catholicism on his deathbed or not (see Emden).

and likewise the miserable end of the most past of the Papistes besides, and especially of Steuen Gardiner him self, who after so long professing the doctrine of Papistry, when there came a Byshop to him in his death bed and put him in remembraunce of Peter denying his master, he aunsweryng agayne sayd, that he had denyed with Peter, but neuer repented with Peter, and so both stinckyngly and vnrepentanly dyed: MarginaliaThe stinking end of Steuen Gardiner proueth Popery and not the Gospell, to be the doctrine of desperation. will say, as Steuen Gardiner also him selfe gaue an euident example of the same, to all men to vnderstand that Popery rather is a doctrine of desperation, procuring the vengeance of almighty God to them that wilfully do cleaue vnto it.

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MarginaliaGods iust stroke vpō Iohn Fisher B. of Rochester, and Syr Tho. Moore.Iohn Fisher Bishop of Rochester, and Syr Thomas More, in kyng Henries tyme, after they had brought Iohn Frith, Bayfield, and Baynham and diuers other to their death, what great reward wanne they thereby with almighty God? Did not the sword of Gods vengeance light vpon their owne neckes shortly after, and they thēselues made a publicke spectacle at the tower hill, of bloudy death, which before had no compassion of the liues of others? Thus ye see the saying of þe Lord to be true: He that smiteth with the sword, shall perish with the sword.

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So was Heliodorus Marginalia2. Mach. 3. in the old tyme of the Iewes plagued by Gods hand in the Temple of Hierusalem. So did Antiochus, Herode, Iuliā, Valerianus MarginaliaOf Valerianus read before pag. 105. þe Emperour, Decius, Maxentius, wt infinite others, after they had exercised their crueltie vpō Gods people, felt

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