Thematic Divisions in Book 11
1. The Martyrdom of Rogers 2. The Martyrdom of Saunders 3. Saunders' Letters 4. Hooper's Martyrdom 5. Hooper's Letters 6. Rowland Taylor's Martyrdom 7. Becket's Image and other events 8. Miles Coverdale and the Denmark Letters 9. Bonner and Reconciliation 10. Judge Hales 11. The Martyrdom of Thomas Tomkins 12. The Martyrdom of William Hunter 13. The Martyrdom of Higbed and Causton 14. The Martyrdom of Pigot, Knight and Laurence 15. Robert Farrar's Martyrdom 16. The Martyrdom of Rawlins/Rowland White17. The Restoration of Abbey Lands and other events in Spring 155518. The Providential Death of the Parson of Arundel 19. The Martyrdom of John Awcocke 20. The Martyrdom of George Marsh 21. The Letters of George Marsh 22. The Martyrdom of William Flower 23. The Martyrdom of Cardmaker and Warne 24. Letters of Warne and Cardmaker 25. The Martyrdom of Ardley and Simpson 26. John Tooly 27. The Examination of Robert Bromley [nb This is part of the Tooly affair]28. The Martyrdom of Thomas Haukes 29. Letters of Haukes 30. The Martyrdom of Thomas Watts 31. Censorship Proclamation 32. Our Lady' Psalter 33. Martyrdom of Osmund, Bamford, Osborne and Chamberlain34. The Martyrdom of John Bradford 35. Bradford's Letters 36. William Minge 37. James Trevisam 38. The Martyrdom of John Bland 39. The Martyrdom of Frankesh, Middleton and Sheterden 40. Sheterden's Letters 41. Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley 42. Martyrdom of Christopher Wade 43. Nicholas Hall44. Margery Polley45. Martyrdom of Carver and Launder 46. Martyrdom of Thomas Iveson 47. John Aleworth 48. Martyrdom of James Abbes 49. Martyrdom of Denley, Newman and Pacingham 50. Richard Hooke 51. Martyrdom of William Coker, et al 52. Martyrdom of George Tankerfield, et al 53. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Smith 54. Martyrdom of Harwood and Fust 55. Martyrdom of William Haile 56. George King, Thomas Leyes and John Wade 57. William Andrew 58. Martyrdom of Robert Samuel 59. Samuel's Letters 60. William Allen 61. Martyrdom of Roger Coo 62. Martyrdom of Thomas Cobb 63. Martyrdom of Catmer, Streater, Burwood, Brodbridge, Tutty 64. Martyrdom of Hayward and Goreway 65. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Glover 66. Cornelius Bungey 67. John and William Glover 68. Martyrdom of Wolsey and Pigot 69. Life and Character of Nicholas Ridley 70. Ridley's Letters 71. Life of Hugh Latimer 72. Latimer's Letters 73. Ridley and Latimer Re-examined and Executed74. More Letters of Ridley 75. Life and Death of Stephen Gardiner 76. Martyrdom of Webb, Roper and Park 77. William Wiseman 78. James Gore 79. Examinations and Martyrdom of John Philpot 80. Philpot's Letters 81. Martyrdom of Thomas Whittle, Barlett Green, et al 82. Letters of Thomas Wittle 83. Life of Bartlett Green 84. Letters of Bartlett Green 85. Thomas Browne 86. John Tudson 87. John Went 88. Isobel Foster 89. Joan Lashford 90. Five Canterbury Martyrs 91. Life and Martyrdom of Cranmer 92. Letters of Cranmer 93. Martyrdom of Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield 94. Persecution in Salisbury Maundrell, Coberly and Spicer 95. William Tyms, et al 96. Letters of Tyms 97. The Norfolk Supplication 98. Martyrdom of John Harpole and Joan Beach 99. John Hullier 100. Hullier's Letters 101. Christopher Lister and five other martyrs 102. Hugh Lauerocke and John Apprice 103. Katherine Hut, Elizabeth Thacknell, et al 104. Thomas Drury and Thomas Croker 105. Thomas Spicer, John Deny and Edmund Poole 106. Persecution of Winson and Mendlesam 107. Gregory Crow 108. William Slech 109. Avington Read, et al 110. Wood and Miles 111. Adherall and Clement 112. A Merchant's Servant Executed at Leicester 113. Thirteen Burnt at Stratford-le-Bow114. Persecution in Lichfield 115. Hunt, Norrice, Parret 116. Martyrdom of Bernard, Lawson and Foster 117. Examinations of John Fortune118. John Careless 119. Letters of John Careless 120. Martyrdom of Julius Palmer 121. Agnes Wardall 122. Peter Moone and his wife 123. Guernsey Martyrdoms 124. Dungate, Foreman and Tree 125. Martyrdom of Thomas More126. Martyrdom of John Newman127. Examination of John Jackson128. Examination of John Newman 129. Martyrdom of Joan Waste 130. Martyrdom of Edward Sharpe 131. Four Burnt at Mayfield at Sussex 132. John Horne and a woman 133. William Dangerfield 134. Northampton Shoemaker 135. Prisoners Starved at Canterbury 136. More Persecution at Lichfield
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Q. Mary. Persecutiō in Lichfield. Flyer, &c. Persecutiō in Suffolke. Rog. Bernard.

Marginalia1556. Iune.fayth of Christes Church.

MarginaliaSacramentes of the Church.1 Item, there are but two Sacramētes in Christs Church, that is, the Sacrament of Baptisme, and the Lordes Supper. For in these are contayned the fayth of Christ his Churche: that is, the two Testamentes, the law and the Gospell. The effect of the law is repentaunce, and the effect of the Gospell remission of sinnes.

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MarginaliaThe visible Church.2. Item, we beleue that there is a visible Churche, wherein the word of God is preached, and the holy Sacraments truly ministred: visible to the wicked world, although it be not credited, and by the death of Saintes confirmed, as it was in the tyme of Helias the Prophet as well as now.

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MarginaliaThe Sea of Rome.3. Item, the sea of Rome is the sea of Antichrist, the congregation of the wicked. &c. whereof the Pope is head vnder the Deuill.

MarginaliaThe Masse.4. Itē, the Masse is not onely a prophanation of the Lords Supper, but also a most blasphemous Idoll.

MarginaliaTransubstantiation denyed.5. Item, God is neither spiritually nor corporally in the Sacrament of the aultar, and there remaineth no substaunce in the same, but onely the substaunce of bread and wyne.

For these the Articles of our beliefe, we beyng condemned to dye, do willingly offer our corruptible bodyes to be dissolued in the fire, all with one voyce assentyng and consentyng thereunto, and in no one point dissentyng or disagreeyng from any of our former Articles.

Apparant also let it be and knowen, that beyng of the former Articles before the bloudy Byshop examined, the sayd day and time, we affirmed to beleue all that he or they would approue by the scriptures. But he said that he would not stand to proue it with heretickes, but said, they themselues were the holy Churche, and that we ought to beleue them, or els to be cut of like withered braunches.

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¶ Their names subscribed to the same: MarginaliaXiij. of these were Martyrs, as is before sayd.

Rafe Iackson.
Henry Adlington.
Lyon a Cawch.
William Hallywell.
Georges Searles.
Iohn Routh
Iohn Derifall.
Henry Wye.

Edmund Hurst.
Laurence Parnam.
Thomas Boyer.
Elizabeth Peper.
Agnes George.
Thomas Freman.
William Stannard.
William Adams.

¶ Trouble and businesse in the Dioces of Lichfield. 
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Persecution in Lichfield

The 1563 account of persecution at Lichfield was based entirely on recordsof the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield. In 1570, one story was dropped and replaced with a story of the death of Thomas Flier, which came from individual informants.

MarginaliaIune. 14.IN the Dioces of Lichfield, about the 14. of Iune, in the same yeare, Iohn Colstocke, 

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One John Colstock signed the confession issued by Richard Woodman in the King's Bench in 1555 (Gonville and Caius MS 218, p. 30). If it is the same man, he was in prison in London in 1555.

who was lately come from London before, and now dwellyng at Welyngton, though hee suffered no Martyrdome, yet susteyned some trouble, beyng attached and examined by the Byshoppe, named MarginaliaRafe Bane B. of Couentry and Lichfield, a cruell persecuter.Raphe Bane, for his Religion, especially for two pointes, in holdyng agaynst the realtye of Christ in the Sacrament, & agaynst Auricular confession to be made to the Priest. For the whiche cause beyng compelled to recant, he was enioyned in the Church of S. Cedde to beare a Fagot before the Crosse, bareheaded, hauyng in the one hād a Taper and in the other a payre of beades. &c.

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Amongest diuers other whiche in the same Dioces and the same tyme were suspected and troubled for the like, was Thomas Flyer of Vttoxater Shomaker, Nicholas Ball of Vttoxater Capper, Thomas Pyot of Chedull. MarginaliaMarying in Lent punished.Item Henry Crimes, for marying his wife on Palmesonday euen. &c. Some other also there were which had the lyke penaunce enioyned them, MarginaliaIune. 26. Thomas Iohnson for swearing by the holy Masse, did Thomas Iohnson, about the xxvj. day of this moneth of Iune, because he sware by the holy Masse before þe Byshop sittyng in iudgement: who for the same was driuen to goe before the crosse with his Taper and beades. &c.

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This account of Thomas Flier's death replaced an account in the 1563 edition in which Thomas Barnes and Alice Birch were forced to do penance for denouncing the mass.

the whiche Thomas Flyer aboue named, beyng a godly and a zelous man, this furthermore is to be noted, and not vnwoorthy of gratefull memory, that where as in the Towne of Vttoxater, commaundement was directed vnto hym amongest others, from the Ordinary, for pullyng downe Monumentes of superstition, and namely the roode loft: hee beyng one of the Churche Wardens, or Sidemen, on a tyme had talke vpon the same with certaine of his neighbours: where one wished them ill to chieue, that should go about such an acte.

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What woordes passed elles amongest them, ministryng matter of further prouocation, it is not perfectly knowen. In fine the sayd Flyer beyng offended, and afterward mettyng with him that had vsed such woordes before began to common with him of the matter: but in the ende the man so little repented him of those sayinges, that hee added yet more fierce wordes, and at length strokes also, in such wise, that at that conflict, the sayd MarginaliaTho. Flyer slaine in Gods quarrell.Thomas Flyer was slayne:

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and yet so was the matter handled, and such amendes was made with money by the murtherer, and his frendes, to the sayd Flyers wife, that hee suffered little or nothyng for the same, saue onely that hee was banished that Towne, and sworne and bound, neuer to come in it so long as the sayd Flyers wife should lyue.

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¶ Three men dead in the prison of the Kynges Bench. 
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Hunt, Norice, Parret

This account first appeared in the 1563 edition; no changes were made to it in subsequent editions.

MarginaliaIune. 27. Thomas Parret.AFter the burnyng of these in Stratford, the same moneth dyed in the prison of the Kynges Benche in Southwarke one Thomas Parret, 

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Thomas Parret signed a confession of faith drawn up Richard Woodman in the King's Bench in 1555 (Gonville and Caius MS 128, p. 30). Obviously Parret had been detained in prison for some time.

and was buryed in the backeside, the xxvij. day of þe moneth aboue sayd.

MarginaliaIune 29. Martyn Hunt Iohn Norice Confessors.Also Martin Hunt (as is reported) in the same prison was famished the xxix. day. At which tyme likewise dyed in the same prison, as I finde recorded, one Iohn Norice, and after the same sort as the other, was buryed on the backside of the sayd prison, the day aboue mentioned.

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¶ The story of three Martyrs sufferyng at S. Edmundes Bury. 
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Bernard, Foster and Lawson

The entire account of these three martyrs first appeared in the 1563 edition and it was unchanged in subsequent editions. Despite the fact that Foxe clearly had access to the official records of their trials (the condemnations of Bernard, Foster and Lawson survive among Foxe's papers as BL, Harley MS 421, fos. 164r-165v and 179r-180r), he relied on individual informants for these accounts.

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MarginaliaIune. 30.AFter the death of the aforesayd Thomas Parret, Martin Hunt, and Iohn Norice, were three Martyred at S. Edmundes Bury in Suffolke in one fire, whose names are here vnder specified:

Roger Bernard.
Adam Foster.
Robert Lawson.

¶ The first examination of Roger Bernard, before Doctour Hopton Byshop of Norwich.

MarginaliaRoger Bernard Martyr.WHen Roger Bernard came before the Byshop first he was asked whether hee had bene with the Priest at Easter to be shriuen, and whether he had receiued the blessed Sacrament of the aultar or no. Vnto whom Roger Bernardaunswered no: MarginaliaRoger Bernard refuseth auricular confession.I haue not bene with the Priest, nor confessed my selfe vnto hym, but I haue confessed my sinnes vnto almighty God, and I trust he hath forgeuē me: wherfore I shall not neede to go to the Priest for such matters, who can not helpe him selfe.

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Byshop. Surely Bernard thou must needes go and confesse thy selfe vnto him.

Roger. That shall I not do (by Gods grace) while I liue.

Byshop. What a stoute boyly hereticke is this? how malipertly he aunswereth.

Roger. My Lord, it greeueth me no whit (I thanke God) to be called hereticke at your handes: for so your forefathers called the Prophetes and Confessours of Christ, long before this tyme.

At these wordes the Byshop rose vp in a great heate, and bad Bernard folow him. Then the Byshop went and kneeled before that they call the Sacrament of the aultar, and as he was in his prayers kneelyng, he looked backe, and asked Bernard why he came not, and did as he did. Vnto whom Bernard aunswered: I can not tell why I should so do. Why (quoth the Byshop) thou lewde felow, whō seest thou yonder, poynting to the pyx ouer the aultar?

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Roger. I see no body there: do you my Lord?

Byshop. Why naughty man, doest thou not see thy maker?

Roger. My maker? No, I see nothyng but a fewe cloutes hangyng together on a heape. With that the Byshop rose vp sore displeased, MarginaliaNote the Catholicke charitie of this prelate.and commaunded the Gaylor to take him away, and to lay yrons enough on him: For (quoth he) I will tame him or he go from me, I trow so: and so he was caryed away.

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¶ The second examination of Roger Bernard before the sayd Byshop.

MarginaliaAn other examination of Roger Bernard.THe next day Bernard was brought agayne before the Byshop, who asked him if he did not remember him selfe since the day before that he was before him.

Roger. Yes my Lord, I haue remembred my selfe very well, for the same man I was yesterday, I am this day, and I hope shall be all the dayes of my lyfe, concerning the matter you talked with me of.

MarginaliaOne of the Garde taketh Bernard to schole.Then one of the Garde standyng by, sayd: my Lord I pray you trouble not your selfe any more with hym, but let me haue the examinyng of hym: I shall handle hym after another sorte, I trow, and make him a fayre childe or he go, you shall see.

So was he committed to him, and brought by hym to an Inne, MarginaliaA wholesome company of Caterpillers.where were a great many of Priestes assembled together, and there they fell all in flatteryng him, and perswadyng him with gay intising woordes what they could:

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