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. Cutbert Simson, Hugh Foxe, Iohn Deuenishe, Martyrs.

MarginaliaAnno. 1558. Marche.maner) to view his prison, and se whether all were present, who when he espied the saied Cutbert to be there, departed again, lockyng the doores after hym. Within twoo howers after, about aleuen of the clocke, toward midnight, the saied Cutbert (whether beyng in a slumber, or beyng awake I can not saie) heard one cōmyng in, firste openyng the outward doore, then the seconde, after the third doore, and so lookyng into the said Cutbert, hauyng no Candell or Torche that he could see, but giuyng a brightnesse, and light moste comfortable and ioyfull to his harte, saiyng: Ha, vnto hym, and departed againe. Who it was he could not tell, neither I dare define. This that he sawe, he hym self declared fower or fiue tymes to the saied Maister Austen, and to other. At the sighte whereof he receiued suche ioyfull comfort, that he also expressed no little solace, in telling and declaryng the same.

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¶ Articles seuerally ministered to Cutbert Simson the. xix. of Marche, with his aunsweres also to the same annexed.

MarginaliaArticles seuerally ministered to Cutbert Simson. Marginalia1.FIrst, that thou Cutbert Simson, art at this present abidyng within the Citie and Dioces of London, & not out of the iurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome.

Marginalia2.Item, that thou within the Citie and Dioces of London, hast vttered many tymes, and spoken deliberatly these wordes and sentences followyng, videlicet: that though thy parentes, auncestours, kinsefolkes, and frendes, yea, and also thy self, before the tyme of the late schisme here in this Realme of Englande, haue thought, and thoughtest, that the faithe and Religion obserued in tymes paste here in this Realme of Englande, was a true faithe and Religion of Christ, in all pointes and Articles, though in the Churche it was sette forthe in the Latine tongue, and not in Englishe, yet thou beleuest and saiest, that the faithe and Relgion, now vsed commonly in this Realme, not in the Englishe, but in the Latine tongue, is not the true faithe and Religion of Christe, but contrary and expressely against it.

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Marginalia3. MarginaliaCeremonies.Item, that thou within the saied Citie and Dioces of London, haste willyngly, wittyngly, and contemptuously doen, and spoken against the Rites and the Ceremonies, commonly vsed here through the whole realme, and obserued generally in the Churche of Englande.

Marginalia4. MarginaliaSeuen Sacramentes.Item, that thou hast thought, and beleued certainly, and so within the Dioces of London, haste affirmed, and spoken deliberately, that there bee not in the Catholicke Churche seuen Sacramentes, nor of that vertue and efficacie, as is commonly beleued in the Churche of Englande them to bee.

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Marginalia5. MarginaliaSacrament of the altar.Item, that thou hast likewise thought and beleued, yea, and hast so within the Citie and Dioces of London spoken, and deliberately affirmed, that in the Sacramente of the altare, there is not really, substancially, and truely, the verie bodie and bloud of our Sauiour Iesus Christ.

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Marginalia6.Item, that thou hast been, & to thy power art at this present, a fauourer of al those, that either haue been here in this Realme, heretofore called heretickes, or els conuented, and condemned by the Ecclesiasticall Iudges for heretickes.

Marginalia7.Item, that thou, contrary to the order of this Realme of Englande, & contrary to the vsage of the holy church of this Realme of Englande, haste at sundrie tymes and places, within the Citie and Dioces of London, been at assemblies, and conuenticles, where there was a multiude of people gathered together, MarginaliaVsing of English heare the Englishe seruice saied, whiche was set forthe in the late yeres of Kyng Edward the sixt, and also to heare, and haue the Communion booke reade, and the Communion ministered, bothe to the saied multitude, and also to thy self, and thou hast thought, and so thinkest, and haste spoken that the saied Englishe seruice, and Communion booke, and all thyngs conteined in either of them was good and laudable, and for suche thou diddest, and doest allowe, and approue either of them at this present.

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¶ The aunswere of the saied Cutbert to the foresaied Articles.

MarginaliaHis aunswers to the articles.VNto all whiche Articles, the said Cutbert Simson aunswered thus, or the like in effecte.

To the 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. and. 6. Article, he confessed thē to be true in euery part thereof.

To the. 7. Article he saied, that he was bounde to answere vnto it, as he beleueth.

¶ A letter of Cutbert Simson, written to his wife out of the Colehouse. 
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This letter is printed in all editions of Acts and Monuments and in Letters of the Martyrs, pp. 659-60.

MarginaliaA Letter of Cutbert Simson to his wife.DEarely beloued in the Lorde Iesus Christe, I can not write as I doe wishe vnto you. I beseche you with my soul, commit your self vnder the mightie hande of our God, trustyng in his mercie, and he will surely helpe vs, as shall be moste vnto his glorie, and our euerlastyng comforte, beyng sure of this, that he will suffer nothyng to come vnto vs, but that whiche shalbe moste profitable for vs. For it is either a correction for our synnes, or a triall of our faithe, or to set forthe his glorie, or for altogether, and therefore muste needes bee well doen. For there is nothyng that commeth vnto vs by fortune or chaunce, but by our heauenly fathers prouidence. And therfore praie vnto our heauenly father that he will euer giue vs his grace so to consider it. Let vs giue hym moste hartie thankes, for these his fatherly corrections: for as many as he loueth, he correcteth. And I besech you now bee of good cheare, and coumpte the crosse of Christe greater riches, then all the vaine pleasures of Englande. I doe not doubt (I praise God for it) but that you haue supped with Christ at his Maundie, I meane beleue in hym, for that is the effecte, and then muste you drinke of his cuppe, I meane his crosse (for that doeth the cuppe signifie vnto vs). Take the cuppe with a good stomacke, in the name of God: and then shall you bee sure to haue the good wine Christes bloud to thy poore thirstie soule. And when you haue the wine, you must drinke it out of this cuppe. Learne this when you come to the Lordes supper, praie continually. In all thinges giue thankes.

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In the name of Iesus shall euery knee bowe.
Cutbert Simson.

Hugh Foxe.Iohn Deuenishe. 
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Hugh Foxe and John Devenish

This account first appeared in the 1563 edition and remained basically unchanged in subsequent editions. It was based on their answers to the articles alleged against them and these were taken from the records of their trial.

MarginaliaHugh Foxe, Iohn Deuenish Martyrs.WIth Cutbert likewise was apprehēded and also suffered (as is before mencioned) Hugh Foxe, and Ihon Deuenishe. 

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A letter from Foxe and Devenish to other protestant prisoners is BL, Additional Ms 19400, fos. 84r-86v.

Who beeyng brought to their examinatiōs with the said Cutbert, before Boner Bishop of London, the xix. day of Marche, had Articles and Interrogatories to them ministred by the saied officer, albeit not al at one time. For firste to the saied Cutbert seuerall Articles were propounded, then other articles in generall were ministred to thē altogether. The order and maner of which articles, now ioyntly to thē ministred here follow, with their aunsweres also the same annexed, to be seen.

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¶ Articles generally ministred to them all three together, the saied. xix. daie of Marche with their aunsweres to the same annexed.

MarginaliaGenerall articles obiected to them all three together.AFter these Articles thus ministered and laied to Cutbert Simson, with his aunsweres likewise vnto the same, the Bishop callyng them all together, obiected to them other positions and Articles, the same whiche before are mentioned in the storie of Bartlet Grene. page. 1736. onely the. viij. Article out of the same omitted & excepted, whiche Articles because they are already expressed in the page aboue mentioned, wee neede not here to make any newe reporte thereof, but onely referre the reader to the place assigned.

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¶ The aunswers generall of Cutbert Simson, Hugh Foxe, and Ihon Deuenishe, to the Articles by the Bishop to them generally proposed.

Marginalia1. MarginaliaTheir answeres generall to the articles.TO the first Article thei all aunswered affirmatiuely: but Iohn Deuenishe added, that the Churche is grounded vppon the Prophettes and Apostles, Christ being the head corner stone, & how in that Churche there is the true faithe and religion of Christ.

Marginalia2.To the seconde Article, they all confessed and beleued, that in Christes Catholicke Churche, there are but two Sacramentes, that is to witte, Baptisme, and the Supper of the Lorde: otherwise they doe not beleue the contentes of this Article to be true in any parte thereof.

Marginalia3.To the iij. Article they all aunswered affirmatiuely.

Marginalia4.To the. iiij. Article, they all aunswered affirmatiuely.

Marginalia5.To the fifte Article they all aunswered affirmatiuely, that they doe beleue, and haue and will speake againste the Sacrifice of the Masse, the Sacrament of the altar, and likewise againste the authoritie of the Sea of Rome, and are nothyng sorie for the same, but will doe it still while they liue.

Marginalia6.To the sixt Article, thei all aunswered, and denied to acknowledge the authoritie of the Sea of Rome, to bee lawfull and good, either yet his religion.

Marginalia7.To the seuenth Article, they all aunswered affirmatiuely, that they haue, & will doe so still while they liue:

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