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. The Martyrdome of Prestes wife at Excester. ij. Martyrs at Bristow.

Marginalia1558. Nouēb.drē be faithfull, then am I theirs. God is my father, God is my mother, God is my sister, my brother, my kinsman, God is my frend most faithfull.

MarginaliaThe woman deliuered to the Shrieffe, and led to the place of execution.Then was shee deliuered to the Sheriffe, & innumerable people beholdyng her, shee was led by the officers to the place of execution, without the walles of Exeter, called Sothenhey, where againe these superstitious priestes assaulted her: and shee prayed them to haue no more talke with her, but cryed styl, God be mercyful to me a sinner, God be mercyfull to me a sinner. And so whyles they were tying her to the stake, thus styl shee cryed, and would geue no answer to them, but with much pacience tooke her cruell death, and was with the flames and fire consumed: and so ended this

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MarginaliaThe pacient Martyrdome of a poore woman at Exeter, being one Prestes wyfe.¶ The cruel burnyng of a woman at Exeter.
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The poor woman, finally identified as 'one Prestes wyfe' was sufficiently important to warrant a new, third, small woodcut of a woman at the stake. She has been given strong individual features.

mortal lyfe as constant a woman in the faith of Christ, as euer was vpon the earth. Shee was as simple a woman to see to as any man might behold: of a very litle & short stature, somwhat thicke, about liiij. yeares of age. Shee had a chearfull countenance, so liuely, as though shee had ben prepared for that day of her mariage to meete the Lambe: most pacient of her words & answeres, sober in apparell, meate & drinke, and would neuer be idle: a great comfort to as many as would talke with her: good to the poore, and in her trouble, money, shee said, shee would take none: for shee sayd, I am going to a citie where money beareth no maistry: whiles I am here, God hath promised to feede me. Thus was her mortal life ended. For whose cōstancie God be euerlastingly praysed, Amen.

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Touching the name of this woman (as I haue nowe learned) 

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In the 1563 edition, Foxe did not know Mrs Prest's name and, in fact, he never learned her first name.

shee was the wife of one called Prest, dwelling in the Dioces of Exeter, not farre from Launceston.

¶ The persecution and martyrdome of three godly men burnt at Bristow, about the latter yeares of Queene Maryes raigne. 
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Sharp, Benion and Hale

This account reached Foxe as the 1563 edition was nearing completion and it was printed in an appendix to the first edition (1563, p. 1737). The account was integrated into the main text in the 1570 edition, but beyond that, it remained unchanged in subsequent editions. Whoever Foxe's sources were for these martyrs, they appear to have been reliable. The charges against Richard Sharpe survive ina Cause Book in the Bristol Archive (K. G. Powell, The Marian Martyrs and theReformation in Bristol [Bristol: 1972], pp. 13-14).

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MarginaliaThe story of iij. Martyrs which suffred at Bristow.IN writing of the blessed Saintes, which suffered in the bloudy dayes of Queene Mary, I had almost ouerpassed the names and story of three godly Martyrs, whiche with their bloud gaue testimonie likewise to the gospel of Christ, beyng condemned and burnt in the towne of Bristow. The names of whom were these: MarginaliaMartyrs.

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Richard Sharpe.
Thomas Benion.
Thomas Hale.

MarginaliaRich Sharpe Martyr.Firste Richard Sharpe Weauer, of Bristowe, was brought the. ix. day of March. an. 1556. before MarginaliaM. Dalby Chauncellor of Bristow, persecutor.M. Dalbye Chancellor of the towne or citie of Bristowe, and after examination concernyng the sacrament of the altar, was perswaded by the sayd Dalby & others, to recant, and the. xxix.

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of the same moneth was enioyned to make his recantation before the parishoners in his parish Church. Which when he had done, he fealt in his conscience such a tormenting hel, that he was not able quietly to worke in his occupation, but decayed and chaunged, both in colour & liking of his body. Who shortly after vpon a Sonday came into his parish church, called Temple, & after high Masse, came to þe queere doore, & said with a loud voyce: Neighbors, beare me record that yonder Idol, (and poynted to the altar) is the greatest & most abominable that euer was: and I am sory that euer I denyed my Lord God. Then the Constables were commaunded to apprehend hym, but none stepped forth, but suffred hym to go out of the Church. After by night he was apprehended & caried to Newgate, and shortly after, he was brought before the said Chancellor, denying the sacrament of the altar to be the body & bloud of Christ, & said, it was an Idol, MarginaliaRichard Sharpe condemned.& therfore was condēned to be burnt by the said Dalby. He was burnt the 7. of May. 1557. and dyed godly, paciently, and constantly, confessing the articles of our faith.

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¶ Thomas Hale, Martyr.

MarginaliaThomas Hale, Martyr.THe Thursday in the night, before Easter. 1557. came one M. Dauid Herrys Alderman, & Iohn Stone, to the house of one Thomas Hale, a Shoomaker, of Bristow, and caused hym to rise out of his bed, & brought hym forth of his doore. To whō þe said Tho. Hale said: You haue sought my bloud these two yeres, & now much good doo it you with it. Who being committed to the watchmen, was caried to Newgate, the 24. of April, the yere aforesaid, was brought before M. Dalby the Chācellor, cōmitted by hym to prison, & after by hym condemned to be burnt, for saying the sacrament of the altar to be an Idoll. He was burned the. 7. of May with the foresaid Rich. Sharpe and godly, patiently, and constantly embracing the fire with his armes.

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MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of Richard Sharpe, and Thomas Hale at Bristow. Anno. 1557. May. 7.¶ Two godly martyrs burned at Bristow.
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Richard Sharpe and Thomas Hale were burned both together in one fire, and bound backe to backe.

¶ Thomas Benion.

MarginaliaThomas Benion, Martyr.THomas Benion a Weauer, at the commaundement of the Commissioners, was brought by a Constable, the thirteenth day of August. 1557. before Maister Dalby, Chauncellour of Bristowe, who committed hym to prison for saying there was nothyng but bread in the Sacrament, as they vsed it. Wherefore, the twentie day of the said August he was condemned to be burnt by the sayde Dalby, for denying fiue of their Sacramentes, and affirmyng two,

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