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. Examinations and aunsweres of Thomas Spurdance.

MarginaliaAnno. 1557. October.tar (sayd he) at this tyme of Easter?

And I sayd, no.

And why haue ye not, saith he?

I sayd: I dare not medle wt you in it, as you vse it.

Why? doe not we vse it truly, sayd he.

I sayd: no, for the holy supper of the Lorde serueth for the Christen congregation, and you are none of Christes members, & therfore I dare not medle with you, lest I be like vnto you.

Why are we none of Christes members, sayd the Chauncellor?

I sayd: because you teach lawes contrary to Gods lawe.

What lawes are those, sayed he?

I sayd: these iij. articles that you sweare the people vnto here, be false and vntrue, & you doe euill to sweare the people vnto them.

Then sayd he: good people, take no heede vnto his wordes: for he is an hereticke and teacheth you disobedience: and so he would no more speake of that matter.

Then sayd he: how beleuest thou in the blessed sacrament of the altar? doest thou not beleue that after it is cōsecrated, it is þe very same body that was borne of the virgin Mary?

I sayd: no, not the same body in substance: for the same body hath a substance in flesh, bloud, and bones, and was a bloudy sacrifice, and this is a drie sacrifice.

And I sayd: is the Masse a sacrifice?

Vnto which a Doctor aunswered that sat by him: it is a sacrifice both for the quicke and the dead.

Thē sayd I: no, it is no sacrifice: for S. Paul sayth that Christ made one sacrifice once for all: and I doe beleue in none other sacrifice, but only in that one sacrifice that our Lord Iesus Christ made once for all.

Then said the Doctor: that sacrifice þt Christ made, was a wet sacrifice, and the Masse is a drie sacrifice.

MarginaliaSpurdance examined vpō the Sacrament of the altar.Then sayd I: that same drie sacrifice is a sacrifice of your own making, and it is your sacrifice: it is none of mine. Then sayd the Chauncellor: he is an hereticke: he denieth the sacrament of the altar.

Then sayd I: will ye know how I beleue in the holy Supper of our Lord?

And he sayd, yea.

Then sayd I: I beleue that if I come rightly and worthely as God hath cōmaunded me, to the holy supper of the Lord, I receaue him by fayth, by beleuing in him. But the bread being receaued, is not God, nor the bread that is yōder in the pixe, is not God. God dwelleth not in temples made with handes, neither will be worshipped with the workes of mens handes. And therfore you doe very euill to cause the people to knele downe, and worship the bread: for God did neuer bid you holde it vp aboue your heades, neither had the Apostles such vse.

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Then said the Chauncellor: he denith the presence in the sacrament. Write this article also. He is a very hereticke.

Then sayd I: the seruaunt is not greater then his master. For your predecessors killed my master Christ, the Prophetes, and Apostles, and holy vertuous men, and now you also kill the seruauntes of Christ, so that all the righteous bloud that hath bene shed, euen from righteous Abel vntill thys daie, shall bee required at your handes.

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Well, sayd the Chauncellor: haue him away.

¶ An other examination of Spurdance before the Byshop in his house.

MarginaliaAn other examination of Tho. Spurdance before the Bishop.THe Byshop saied: sirrha, dost thou not beleue in the catholicke fayth of holy church?

And I sayd: I beleue Christes catholicke church.

Yea sayd he? in Christes church, of the which the Pope is the head. Dost thou not beleue that the Pope is supreame head of the catholicke church?

And I said, no. I beleue not that he should be aboue þe Apostles if he take them to be his predecessors. For when there came a thought among the Apostles, who should bee the greatest when their maister was gone, Christ aunswered thē vnto their thoughtes: MarginaliaLuke. xxij.The kinges of the earth beare domination aboue other, but ye shall not so doe, for he that will be greatest among you, shall become seruaunt vnto you all. How is it then (sayd I) that he will clime so high aboue his felowes? And also we were sworne by my maister K. Henryes tyme, that we should to the vttermost of our power, neuer consent to him again. And therefore as he hath nothing to doe

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here in England, so neither in his owne contrey more then a Byshop hath in his dioces.

Yea sayd the Bishop? what of that? We were then in error and sinne, now we are in the right way againe, and therefore thou must come home agayne with vs, and knowledge thy fault and become a Christian mā, and bee sworne vnto the Pope as our supreme head. MarginaliaThe Popes supremacie.Wilt thou be sworne vnto the Pope? How saist thou?

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Then I sayd: no I warrant you, by the grace of God, not as long as I liue. For you can not proue by the scripture, that the Pope is head of the church, and maie doe therein what him list.

No, sayd he?: yes I trow: For as the Belweather, which weareth the Bell, is head of the flocke of sheepe, euen so is the Pope the head of the churche of Christ. And as the Bees in the hieue haue a master Bee whē they are gone out, to bring them home agayne to the hieue: euen so the Pope, when wee bee gone astray, and wandred from the folde, from the hieue. &c. then is ordeined our head by succession of Peter, to bring vs home agayne to the true churche: as thou now my good fellow, has wandred long out of the way, like a scattered sheepe. &c. Heare therefore that Belweather, the maister bell. &c. and come home with vs to thy mother the true Church agayne.

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Vnto whom I answered: My Lord, all this is but naturall reason, and no Scripture: but since ye can not proue the Pope to be authorised by Scripture, ye aunswere not me, as I thought ye would.

Ha, sayd he: I see well ye be stout and will not be aunswered: therefore ye shall bee compelled by lawe whether ye will or no.

My Lord sayd I: so did your forefathers intreate Christ and his Apostles. MarginaliaThe Pharasies Lawe.They had a law, and by their law they put him to death: and so likewise, you haue a law, which is tyranny, and by that would ye inforce me to beleue as you do. But þe Lord, I trust, will assist me agaynst all your beggerly ceremonies, and make your foolishnes knowen to all the world one day.

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Then sayd he: when were ye at church and went in procession, and did the ceremonies of the church?

And I sayd: neuer since I was borne.

No, sayd he? how old are you?

And I sayd: I thinke about xl.

Why sayd he, how did you vse your selfe at church xx. yeares ago?

I sayd: as you doe now.

And euen now, sayd he, you sayd you did not the Ceremonies since you were borne.

No more I did, sayd I, since I was borne a newe: as Christ sayd vnto Nicodemus, except ye be borne a new, ye can not enter into the kingdome of heauen.

Then sayd a Doctor that sat by: he is a very Anabaptist: for that is their opinion playne.

No syr, you say falsely, sayd I, for I am no Anabaptist: for they deny children to be Baptised, and so doe not I.

Well, sayd the Byshop: why doest thou not goe to the church, and doe the Ceremonies?

And I said: because they be cōtrary to Gods worde and lawes, as you your selfe haue taught: but now you say it is good agayne: and I thinke if there were a returne to morrow, you would say that is false agayne which you hold now. Therefore I may well say there is no truth in you.

Then said the Bishop: thou art a stubborne fellow, and an hereticke, and a Traitor.

No sayd I: I am no Traitor, for I haue done, I thinke, better seruice to the crowne imperiall of England then you.

If you had done so good seruice (said he) you would be obedient to the lawes of the realme.

So I am, said I. There is no mā a liue (I thanke God) to accuse me iustly that euer I was disobedient to any ciuill lawes. But you must consider my Lord, that I haue a soule and a body: MarginaliaObedience to Princes, how farre.& my soule is none of the Quenes, but my body & my goods are the Quenes. And I must geue God my soule, and all that belōgeth vnto it: that is, I must doe the law and commaundementes of God, and who so euer commaundeth lawes contrary to Gods lawes, I may not do them, for losing of my soule, but rather obey God then man.

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And he sayd: why doest thou not these lawes then? are they not agreable to Gods law?

And I sayd: no, you can not proue them to bee Gods lawes.

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