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. Gods punishment vpon Persecutors and contemners of his Gospell.

MarginaliaAn. 1558.Fraet, a good man, and afterward for hatred put to death of the Papistes, but also diuers Dutchmen here now in England, and a great number of English marchauntes, which then were at Antwarpe, and yet are alyue.

MarginaliaBartholomeus Cassaneus plagued.Of the sodaine death of Bartholomeus Chassaneus or Cassanus persecutor, reade before. pag. 916.

MarginaliaMinerius plagued of God.Of Minerius the bloudy persecuter or rather tormenter of Christes saints, how he dyed with bleedyng in his lower partes, ye heard before, pag. 962.

MarginaliaA iudge with iij. persecutors, plagued by Gods iudgemēt.And what should I speake of the Iudge which accompanyed the said Minerius in his persecutiō, who a litle after, as he returned homeward, was drowned, and three moe of the same company kylled one an other vpon a strife that fell amongest them. pag. 962.

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MarginaliaThe terrible vengeance of God vpon Iohn de Roma a terrible persecutor. Read before pag. 916.Ioannes de Roma a cruel Monke, whom rather wee may call a hell hound, then a persecuter, what hellishe tormentes he had deuised for the poore Christians of Angrongne, the contentes of the story before doth expresse, pag. 916. Agayne, with what like tormentes afterward, and that doublefolde the Lorde payde hym home agayne, who in his rottyng and stinkyng death, neyther could finde any enemie to kyll hym, nor any frend to bury hym, who neither could abyde his owne stinkyng carrion, nor any man els to come neare hym. Hereof reade also in the same page and place aboue specified.

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MarginaliaThe Lord of Reuest plagued.Such a like persecuter also the same tyme was the lord of Reuest, who likewise escaped not the reuenging hande of Gods iustice, being striken, after his furious persecution, with a like horrible sicknes, and such a furie and madnes, that none durst come neare hym, and so moste wretchedly dyed. Wherof reade before, pag. 916.

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MarginaliaIohn Martyn plagued.Touchyng the like greeuous punishment of God vpon one Iohn Martin, a persecuter, reade pag. 918.

MarginaliaErasm. in Epistola Apologetica. De vtilit. Coloquior.Erasmus in an Epistle or Apologie written in defense of his Colloquies, inferreth mention of a certayne noble person of great riches and possessions, who hauyng wyfe & children with a great familie at home (to whom by S. Paules rule he was bound in conscience principally aboue al other worldly thyngs to attend) had purposed before his death to go see Hierusalem. And thus al things being set in order, this Noble man about to set forward on his iourney, cōmitted the care of his wife (whom he leaft great with child) and of his Lordships & Castles to an Archbishop, as to a most sure & trusty father. To make short, MarginaliaGods punishment vpon a noble gentleman in going a happened in the iourney this Noble man to dye. Wherof so soone as the Archbishop had intelligence, in steede of a father, he became a thiefe & robber, seising into his owne hands all his Lordships & possessions. And moreouer, not yet contented with all this, he layde siege agaynst a strong fort of his (vnto the which his wyfe for safegard of her selfe dyd flee) where in conclusiō, shee with þe child shee went withal pitifully was slaine, & so miserably perished Which story was done (as testifieth Erasmus) not so long before his tyme, but þt there remayned the nephewes of the sayd Noble man then aliue, to whom the same inheritaunce should haue fallen, but they could not obteyne it.

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MarginaliaAdmonition.What cōmeth of blynd superstition when a man not cōteynyng hym self within the compasse of Gods word, wandereth in other bywayes of his owne, and not contented with the Religion set vp of the Lord, wyl bynd his conscience to other ordinaunces, prescriptions, and Religions deuised by men, leauyng Gods commaundements vndone for the constitutions and preceptes of men, MarginaliaFalse deuotion a perilous thing.what ende and reward (I say) commeth therof at length, by this one example, beside infinite other þe like sort, mē may learne experience: and therfore they that yet wyll defende Idolatrous pilgrimage and rashe vowes, let them well consider hereof. MarginaliaAgaynst Idolatrous pilgrimage. It is rightly sayd of S. Hierome, to haue bene at Hierusalem, is no great matter, but to lyue a godly and vertuous lyfe, that is a great matter in very deede.

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MarginaliaA wonderfull example of Gods iudgement at Gaunt. Anno. 1565.In the yere of the Lord. 1565. there was in the town of Gaunt in Flaunders, one William de Weuer, accused & imprisoned by the Prouost of S. Peters in Gaunt (who had in his Cloyster a prison & a place of execution) and the day when the said William was called to the place of iudgmēt, the Prouost sent for M. Gyles Brackelman, principal aduocate of the Counsaile of Flaunders, and Borough Master and Iudge of S. Peters in Gaunt, with other of the rulers of the towne of Gaunt, to sit in iudgment vpon him, and as they sate in iudgement, the Borough master named

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M. Gyles Brackelman reasoned with the sayde William de Weuer, vpon diuers articles of his fayth.

The one wherof was, why the said William de Weuer denyed that it was not lawful to pray to Saintes: and he answered (as the report goeth): for three causes. MarginaliaThree causes why sainctes are not to be prayed vnto.The one was, that they were but creatures, and not the creator.

The second was, that if he should call vppon them, the Lord dyd both see it, and heare it, and therfore he durst geue the glory to none other, but to God.

The third and chiefest cause was, that the creator had commaunded in his holy worde, to call vpon hym in troubles: vnto which commaundement he durst neyther adde, nor take from it.

The Borough maister M. Gyles Brackelman also demaunded whether he dyd not beleue that there was a Purgatorie, which he should go into after this lyfe, where euery one should be purified and clensed.

MarginaliaPurgatory denyed.He aunsweared, that he had read ouer the whole Bible, & could finde no such place, but that the death of Christ was his Purgatory: with many other questions proceedyng after their order, vntyll they came to pronounce his condemnation. But or euer the sayde condemnation was read forth, MarginaliaThe iudgement of God vpon Gyles Brakelman the Borough Master.the iudgement of God was layde vpon the sayde Borough Maister, who sodaynly at that present instaunt was striken with a Palsey, that his mouth was drawen vp almost to his eare, & so he fel downe, the rest of the Lords by and by standyng vp and shadowing hym, that the people could not wel see hym: and also the people were wylled to depart, who beyng styl called vpon to depart, answeared, the place was so small to goe out, that they could goe no faster. Then the Borough Master beyng taken vp, was caryed to his house, and it is not yet vnderstand or cōmonly knowen, that euer he spake worde after he was first striken, but was openly knowen to be dead the next day folowyng. MarginaliaWilliam de Weuer Martyr, burnt at Gaunt. An. 1565.And yet, notwithstandyng that this was done about ten of the clocke, they burned the sayde William de Weuer within three houres after on the same day.

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MarginaliaAn other terrible example of Gods iudgement agaynst Syr Garret Trieste Gentleman and then Alderman of Gaunt, a persecutor. Anno. 1566.The. 4. day of March. 1566. the like example of the Lords terrible iudgement was shewed vpon Syr Garret Trieste knight, who had long before promised to the Regēt to bryng downe the preachyng. For the which act (as the report goeth) the Regent agayne promised to make hym a Graue, which is an Earle. Of the which Syr Garret it is also sayd, that he cōmyng frō Bruxels towards Gaunt, brought with hym the deathe of the Preachers, and beyng come to Gaunt, the said sir Garret with other of the Lords hauyng receyued frō the Regent a Commission to sweare the Lordes & Commons vnto the Romishe Religion, the sayd Syr Garret the fourth day of Marsh aboue noted, at night beyng at supper, willed the Lady hys wife to cal him in the mornyng one houre sooner then he was accustomed to ryse, for that he should the next day haue much busines to doo in the towne house, to sweare the Lordes and people to the Romish Religion. But see what happened. The sayd sir Garret goyng to bed, in good health (as it seemed) when the Lady his wyfe called him in the mornyng, accordyng to his appoyntment, was found dead in the bed by her, and so vnable to prosecute his wicked purpose.

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MarginaliaAn other example of Gods iudgement vpon Marten de Pester one of the principall Secretaryes of Gaunt. An. 1566.The fift day of March. 1566. which was the day that sir Garret Trieste appoynted to be there, and the Lordes of Gaunt were come into the towne house (as they had afore appoynted) to proceede and to geue the othe, accordyng as they had their Commission, and M. Martin de Pester the Secretary, being appoynted & about to geue the oth, as the first man should haue sworne, the saide Martin de Pester was striken of God with present death likewise, and fell downe, and was caryed away in a chayre or settel, and neuer spake after. Witnes hereunto: MarginaliaThese men of Gaunt are witnesses hereof.

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Peter de Bellemaker.
Abraham Rossart.
Maerke de Mill.
Lieuen Hendrickx.
Ihan Coucke.
Rogyer Vanhulle.
Ioys Neuehans.
Lyauin Neuehans.
Wil. vāden Boegarde.
Ioys de Pytte.

MarginaliaA story of a tame deuill coniured in an Abbey in Sueuia.About the borders of Sueuia in Germanie, not far frō the citie of Vberlyng, there was a certaine Monastery of Cistercian Monkes, called Salmesuille, foūded in þe dayes of Pope Innocen. 2. by a noble Baron named Guntherame, about the yeare of our Lord. 1130. This Celle thus being erected, in proces of tyme was enlarged with more ample possessions, findyng many & great benefactours and endowers, liberally contributyng vnto the same: as Emperours, Dukes, and rich Barons.

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Amongest whom moste especiall were the Earles of Montforte, who had bestowed vpon that Monastery many new liberties and great priuiledges, vpon this condition,

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