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. Persecution in Kent. Examination of Mathew Plaise.

Marginalia1557. Iune.I iudge not my selfe, but the Lord must iudge me.

Byshop. Then sayd he: Is there no part of that Churche here in England?

Auns. Well I perceaue, you would fayne haue some thyng to lay to my charge. I will tell you where. Christ sayth, whereas two or three bee gathered together in his name, there is he in the middest among them.

Then the Archdeacon stoode vp with his mockes, to put me out of comfort, & sayd to the people: that I had no witte, but that I thought all they were deceaued so long tyme, & that halfe a dosen of vs should haue the truth in a corner, MarginaliaIudgement with out truth.& that all they should be deceaued, with such like tauntes and mockes: but would not suffer me to speake one word.

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Archd. Then he read the Article of the Sacrament, and sayd, I did deny the reall presence to be in the Sacrament after it was once consecrated, and that I sayd, Christes body was in heauen and no where els, and that the bread was nothyng but a signe, token, or remembraunce.

Auns. Then I sayd: you haue to shew where and what my wordes were: and hereof we talked a great while.

Bysh. At the last the Byshop was so angry, that he charged me in the Kynges, Queenes, and Cardinals name before the Maior and his brethren, takyng them to witnes, if I did not say yea or nay, he would condemne me.

Auns. Then I sayd: seyng you haue nothyng to accuse me of, wherfore should I so aunswere?

Arch. Thē the Archdeacō said, I was giltie: & said I was like a theefe at the barre, which woulde not cōfesse his fault because his accusers were not present: with a great many wordes, and would not let me open my mouth agaynst him.

Auns. Then I saw where about they went, grauntyng to aunswere them by the worde, or els I thinke they would haue condemned me for holdyng of my peace: and this was my begynnyng: MarginaliaMat. Plaise confesseth his minde of the SacramentI beleue that Christ tooke bread, and when he had geuen thankes, he brake it, and gaue it to his Disciples, and sayd: Take, eate, this is my body which is geuen for you, this do in remembraunce of me.

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Arch. Doest thou beleue that Christ ment euē as he sayd?

Auns. I sayd, Christ was no dissembler, but spake the very truth.

Arch. Thou hast very well sayd: we will make the best of thy wordes. Then he praysed me with many wordes goyng about to proue it his body reall and substauntiall, and sayd: Christ called him selfe bread: and this to proue, when Christ sayd: This is my body, þe bread was his body, sayd he, in deed, reall & substauntiall, not so long & so big as it houng on the Crosse, MarginaliaCapernaicall the Capernaites did thinke: but we eate it, as mās weake nature can eate Christ. Therfore when he had sayd: This is my body, the bread was his body in very deede.

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Aunswe. Then I asked him, what Christ ment by these wordes: Which is geuen for you?

Arch. He sayd: Christ spake that by the bread also, but it was not written in Mathew, but Luke had those wordes.

Auns. Then I asked him, if Christes body were made of bread, that was geuen for our redemption, or whether the bread was crucified for vs, or not?

Arch. Then he sayd: no by saint Mary, I say not so.

Auns. You haue sayd the truth in deede, & euen as I beleue.

Arch. Then he stode vp with a great many of wordes and sayd: that I did thinke it but bare bread still, as other bread is: MarginaliaChrist called it hys body: Ergo, he made it his body. MarginaliaIt followeth: For a thyng may be called, and yet no nature chaunged.but he was sure Christ called it his body, and thē it was his body in deede, for he would beleue Christ.

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Auns. When he had spoken his pleasure by me, thinkyng to haue condemned me by their law, I sayd: he had not Iudged right of me, for I had not so spoken, but did beleue the wordes of Christ as well as he, and as much as hee could proue by the word.

Arch. Then he would heare what I did say it was.

Auns. I sayd, I did beleue it was that he gaue them.

Arch. Then he asked me, what it was that he gaue them.

Auns. I sayd, that which he brake.

Arch. Then he asked me, what was that he brake?

Auns. I sayd, that he tooke.

Arch. What was it that he did take?

Auns. I sayd the text sayth, he tooke bread.

Arch. Well, then thou sayest it was but bread that his Disciples did eate, by thy reason.

Auns. Thus much I say: looke what hee gaue them, they did eate in deede.

Arch. Why, then was not that his body that they did eate?

Auns. It was that which he brake.

Arch. Well sayd he, I perceaue thy meanyng well inough, for thou doest thinke it is but bread stil, and that he was not able to make it his body.

Auns. That is your exposition vpon my mynde.

Arch. Then sayd he, what diddest thou receaue when thou diddest receaue last?

Auns. I sayd, I do beleue, that I did eate Christes fleshe,

& drinke his bloud. For he saith: My flesh is meate in deede, and my bloud is drinke in deede.

Arch. Then he sayd, I had well aunswered, thinkyng to haue had some aduauntage at my hand, and prayed me to tell him, how I did eate his flesh and drinke his bloud.

Auns. Then I sayd, I must aunswere you by the worde. Christ sayth: He that eateth my flesh, & drinketh my bloud, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

Archdeacon. Then he faced out the matter with Sophistry, and sayd, I did eate Christ, as that Church was in his eye, with many such like mockes, but would not let me aunswere one word.

Commis. Then the Commissary did aske me, if I did not remember S. Paule, whiche did rebuke the Corinthes for their euill behauiour, and because they made no difference of the Lordes body, and brought in to proue his matter how he called him selfe bread in the vj. of Iohn. So Paule sayth: So oft as ye eate of this bread (meanyng Christes body) vnworthely, ye eate and drinke your owne damnation, because ye make no difference of the Lordes body. MarginaliaFalse alleaging the Scriptures.For thus sayth Christ: The bread that I will geue you is my flesh. Now, it is no bread, but it is his fleshe. And thus he alledged euery Scripture false to make vp the matter.

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Auns. Then I sayd, I did beleue the wordes of Paule very well, euen as he had spoken them. For thus he sayth: He that eateth and drinketh vnworthely, eateth and drinketh his owne damnation, because he maketh no difference of the Lordes body.

Commis. What is the cause that he eateth his owne damnation?

Auns. I sayd, Saint Paule declareth it playnly with these woordes: If ye had iudged your selues, ye should not haue bene iudged of the Lord.

Arch. Thē the Archdeacō said, he marueiled why I would not say, that he called þe bread his body, seing Crāmer, Ridley, and Latimer with many other, MarginaliaThey sayd that Christ called it his body: but they said not, that it was his body.said he called it his body.

Aunswe. I sayd, you haue condemned them as heretickes, and you would haue me say with them, because you would kill me.

Arch. Then he sayd: In that they said it was his body, they did say the truth.

Auns. I asked wherefore they were killed, seyng they sayd the truth?

Byshop. Then sayd the Byshop, that he had all their aunsweres, and that they did not beleue as they sayd. For they said, Christ called it his body, but it was not his natural body: but thou shall aunswere me by and by, whether it be his body or not, or els I will anger thee.

Auns. Then I sayd: I had aunswered him by the word already, and did beleue it also: therfore if he did condemne me for that, my lyfe was not deare vnto me, and I was sure he should not scape vnpunished: for God will be reuenged vppon such murtherers.

Arch. Then the Archdeacon intreated me to be ruled by him, and take mercy while it was offered: for if I were condemned, I must needes be burned. Yet he would not say but my soule might be saued: with many moe wordes, and desired me that I would beleue him, for hee would speake the truth, begynnyng how Christ fed fiue thousand with foure loaues, and how he turned the water into wyne: euen so Christ tooke bread, and blest it, and when he had done, he brake it, and sayd: This is my body, and then he commaunded them to eate it, and therfore it must needes be his body.

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Auns. Then I desired him to speake the text right or els I would not beleue him.

Arch. Then he stode vp and put of his cap and thanked me for teachyng of him, and sayd: I was a stubborne felow, and tooke scorne to be taught.

Auns. I sayd, I ought to hold hym accursed, if he taught doctrine contrary to Christ and his Apostles.

Arch. Then he asked me, whether I did beleue that Christ did geue that he tooke, or not?

Auns. I sayd, I do beleue as much as can be proued by the Scripture, and more I will not beleue.

Arch. Then he began with Moyses rod, how God commaunded him to lay it down, and it was turned into a Serpent. Seyng that this was by Moyses beyng but a man, how much more Christ beyng both God and man tooke one thyng, and gaue to his Disciples an other?

Aunswere. I sayd, MarginaliaComparison betwene turning Moyses rod, and the bread into Christes body: not lyke.his comparison was nothyng lyke, for Moyses rod when it was layd downe, he sawe that it was turned into a very Serpent in deede, but in this Sacrament no man can see neither qualitie nor yet quantitie to be chaunged.

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Bysh. Then sayd the Byshop, that myne opinion and fayth was like vnto the Capernaites.

Auns. I sayd, MarginaliaThe opinion of the Papistes much lyke to the was more like their opinion then myne.

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