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. The Miraculously Preserved68. William Living69. Edward Grew70. William Browne71. Elizabeth Young72. Elizabeth Lawson73. Christenmas and Wattes74. John Glover75. Dabney76. Alexander Wimshurst77. Bosom's wife78. Lady Knevet79. Mistress Roberts80. Anne Lacy81. Crosman's wife82. Congregation at Stoke in Suffolk83. Congregation of London84. Edward Benet85. Jeffrey Hurst86. William Wood87. Simon Grinaeus88. The Duchess of Suffolk89. Thomas Horton 90. Thomas Sprat91. John Cornet92. Thomas Bryce93. Gertrude Crockhey94. William Mauldon95. Robert Horneby96. Mistress Sandes97. John Kempe98. Thomas Rose99. Complaint against the Ipswich Gospellers100. Tome 6 Life and Preservation of the Lady Elizabeth101. The Unprosperous Queen Mary102. Punishments of Persecutors103. Foreign Examples104. A Letter to Henry II of France105. The Death of Henry II and others106. Justice Nine-Holes107. John Whiteman108. Admonition to the Reader109. Hales' Oration110. Cautions to the Reader111. Snel112. Laremouth113. William Hunter's Letter
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Q. Mary. Visitation in Cambridg. Process against Bucer and Phagins.

MarginaliaAnno. 1556. Ianuary.neither in any publike nor in any priuate persons case should in any wyse be behynd hand.

MarginaliaA Masse at the Kynges Colledge.These thinges being finished, they were brought processionaliter to þe kinges colledge, by all the Graduates of the Vniuersitie, wheras was song a Masse of the holy ghost with great solemnitie, nothing wanting in that behalfe that might make to the setting forth of the same. In this place it was marked that Nicholas Ormanet, MarginaliaOrmanet Datarie.commonly surnamed Datary (who albeit he were inferior in estate vnto Chester beyng a Byshop, yet was superior to them all in authoritie) while the Masse was a celebrating, eft standing, eft sitting, and sometime kneling on his knees, obserued certaine Ceremonies, which afterwarde were required of all others to bee obserued, as in processe hereof was to bee sene.

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From thence they attended all vpon the Legates to S. Maries church, which we declared before to haue beene interdited. In the which place, for as much as it was suspended, although no Masse might be songe, MarginaliaPecocke preacheth at sainct Maries.yet there was a Sermō made in open audience by M. Pecocke in the Latin tounge, preaching agaynst heresies & heretickes, as Bilney, Cranmer, Latimer, Ridley. &c. The which being ended, they proceded eftsones to the visitatiō. Where first Doct. Haruy did in the Cardinals name exhibite the commission to the Byshop of Chester with a few words in Latin. Which being accepted, and by M. Clarke openly redde to the end, thē the Vicechauncellour with an oration did exhibite the certificat vnder his seale of office, with the Cardinals citation annexed, MarginaliaThe citation of the Masters of the Colledges.conteining euery mans name in the Vniuersitie, and Colledges, with the officers and all the maisters of houses. Among whom was also Robert Brassey maister 

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Technically, this is incorrect; the head of King's College is the provost, not the master.

of the kinges Colledge, a worthy old man, both for his wisedome and his hoare heares.  
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This favourable description of Brassey comes from the Historia vera, but hewas also favourably described by the Marian martyr George Marsh.

who hearing his owne name recited next after þe Vicechauncellors, said: MarginaliaRobert Brasseis exception.he was there present as all the other were: neuertheles for as much as the reformation of his house was wholly reserued to the discretion of the Bishop of Lincolne, not only by the kynges letters patentes, but also by graunt of confirmation from the bishop of Rome him selfe, vnder a penaltie if he should suffer any straungers to intermedle, he openly protested in discharge of his duety, that vnlesse theyr commission gaue them authority and iurisdiction vpō that Colledge, either by expresse wordes or manifest sense, he vtterly exempted him self from beyng present. This hys exception they toke all in great displeasure: alleging that they were fully authorised for the order of that matter by the Cardinall, out of whose iurisdiction no place nor persons was exempted: wherefore he had done euill to call into question theyr authority, so well knowen to all men. MarginaliaAltercation betwene D. Brassie and D. Scot B. of Chester.Chester semed to be more moued at the matter then all the other: and that was because Brassey had a litle before obtayned the worship of that roume, euen vtterly agaynst his will, and maugre his head, doing the worst he could agaynst hym.

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After the formall solemnity of these thinges thus accomplished, the Commission being red, and the citation exhibited, also the maisters of houses beyng onely cited, euery man for a whyle departed home to his own house, with commaundement to bee at the common schooles of the sayd Vniuersitie at one of the clocke of the same day. MarginaliaInquisition at the common Schooles.When the degrees of the Vniuersitie, commonly called Regents and non Regents, were assembled thither, they spēt the rest of the day in reading ouer of Charters, graunted to the Vniuersitie by kinges and princes, in searching out of Bulles and pardons from the Pope, and in perusing of other monumentes pertaynyng to the Vniuersitie.

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The next day followyng, being the 12. of Ianuary, MarginaliaIanuary. 12. Inquisition at the Kynges Colledge. they resorted to the kings Colledge to make Inquisition, eyther because the same for the worthynes therof was chiefe and soueraigne of all the residue, or els because that that house especially before all others, had beene counted, time out of minde, neuer to be without an hereticke (as they terme them) or twaine. And at that present time, albeit that many now alate had withdrawen themselues from thence, yet they iudged there were some remaynyng still. The order and maner how they would bee interteyned of euery Colledge, when they should come to make Inquisition, they themselues appoynted, which was in this sort.

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MarginaliaThe maner of receiuyng the Inquisitours when they wēt to make Inquisition.They commaunded the master of euery house together with the residue, as well fellowes as scholers, apparelled in priestlike garmēts (which they call habits)

to mete them at the vttermost gate of theyr house toward the towne. The maister him selfe to be dressed in like apparell as the priest when he rauesheth himselfe to Masse, sauyng that he should put on vppermost his habit, as the rest did. The order of their going they appointed to be in this wise. MarginaliaNote the ambitious pompe of these Papistes.The Maister of the house to goe formost. Next vnto him euery man in his order as he was of degree, seignioritie, or of yeares. Before the master should be caried a crosse & holy water, to sprinckle the Commissioners withall, and then after that the sayd Commissioners to bee sensed. And so after thys meting, and mumbling of a few deuotions, they determined with thys pompe and solemnity to bee brought to the Chappell.

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Many thought they tooke more honor vppon them than belonged to the state of man. Other some (forasmuch as at that time they not only pretended the iurisdictiō of the Cardinall, MarginaliaThe Commissioners represent the Pope.but also represented the power and authoritie of the byshop of Rome hymselfe, who was accoumpted to be more thā a mortall man) said it was farre lesse then of duety appertayned to his holynes, in that the honor that was done to his Legates, was not done to them but to hys holynes. Now was the houre come at which they appoynted to meete: and being entred the kinges Colledge gate, where they loked for the Master and fellowes of the house, seing no man came to meete them, they proceeded forthe to the church dore, where they stayed. MarginaliaHere was a foule fault cōmitted, that these men came in without Procession. There perceauing how the master and the rest of the house were dressing them selues as fast as they could, as in such order as was appointed before, they came in sodainly vpon them before they had set any foote out of their places.

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Then the master MarginaliaD. Brassey excuseth hym self for þe slacknesse of his processiō. first excused him selfe, that he was ready no soner, acknowledging that it had beene hys duety to haue bene in a readines. Secondly, he said he was very glad of their comming, promysing first in his owne name, and after in the name of all the rest, as much reuerence as myght bee, in all matters concerning theyr common vtility, the which he doubted not but should be performed at theyr handes, according to his expectation. But like as he had done the other day in S. Maryes church, MarginaliaM. Brassey maketh exception againe.the same exception he made to them now also: the which his doyng he besought them not to bee offended withall. For seing he dyd it onely for the discharge of his duety, hee had iuster cause to be held excused.

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He had scarcely yet finished his tale, but the Bishop of Chester with a frowning looke and an angry countenaunce, interrupting him of his talke, sayd: MarginaliaDoctor Scots aunswere to M. Brassey.hee neded not to repeat the thinges he had protested before, nor they to make aunswere any more to those thinges wherein they had sufficiently enformed him before. He rather feared that their quarel was not good, that they made such a do abut it, and sought such starting holes. For so were diseased persons oftentimes wont to do, when for the payne and griefe they are not able to abide a strong medicine. MarginaliaThe Popes authoritie swalloweth vp al other priuileges.As though that any man were able to graunt so strong a priuiledge, as to withstande the Popes authority. As for the bishops letters, he said must needes make on his side, and with such as were with him, and could not in any wise be alleged against him. Therefore he admonished hym to desist from hys vnprofitable altercation, and to conforme himself and his to such thinges as then were in doyng.

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After this they went to masse. Which finished, with great solemnitie, first they went to the high altar of the church, and hauyng there saluted their God, MarginaliaThe Legates salutyng first their God. and searching whether all were wel about him or no, they walked through all the inner chappels of the church. The church goodes, the crosses, the chalices, þe masse bokes, the vestmentes, and whatsoeuer ornamentes were besides, were commaunded to bee brought out vnto them. When they had sufficiently vewed all thinges, and had called forth by name euery fellowe and scholler of the house, they went to the maisters lodging, where first and formost swearyng them vpon a booke to aunswer to all suche interrogatories as should bee propounded vnto them (as far as they knewe) they examined first the master himself, and afterward all the residue, euery man in his turne. MarginaliaThe othe refused of some in the Kynges Colledge, and why.But there were some that refused to take this othe, both because they had geuen their faith to the colledge before, and also because they thought it agaynst all right and reason to sweare agaynst themselues: for it was cōtrary to all law that a man should be compelled to bewray himselfe, and not to be suffred to keepe his conscience free, when there is no manifest

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