Thematic Divisions in Book 11
1. The Martyrdom of Rogers 2. The Martyrdom of Saunders 3. Saunders' Letters 4. Hooper's Martyrdom 5. Hooper's Letters 6. Rowland Taylor's Martyrdom 7. Becket's Image and other events 8. Miles Coverdale and the Denmark Letters 9. Bonner and Reconciliation 10. Judge Hales 11. The Martyrdom of Thomas Tomkins 12. The Martyrdom of William Hunter 13. The Martyrdom of Higbed and Causton 14. The Martyrdom of Pigot, Knight and Laurence 15. Robert Farrar's Martyrdom 16. The Martyrdom of Rawlins/Rowland White17. The Restoration of Abbey Lands and other events in Spring 155518. The Providential Death of the Parson of Arundel 19. The Martyrdom of John Awcocke 20. The Martyrdom of George Marsh 21. The Letters of George Marsh 22. The Martyrdom of William Flower 23. The Martyrdom of Cardmaker and Warne 24. Letters of Warne and Cardmaker 25. The Martyrdom of Ardley and Simpson 26. John Tooly 27. The Examination of Robert Bromley [nb This is part of the Tooly affair]28. The Martyrdom of Thomas Haukes 29. Letters of Haukes 30. The Martyrdom of Thomas Watts 31. Mary's False Pregnancy32. Censorship Proclamation 33. Our Lady' Psalter 34. Martyrdom of Osmund, Bamford, Osborne and Chamberlain35. The Martyrdom of John Bradford 36. Bradford's Letters 37. William Minge 38. James Trevisam 39. The Martyrdom of John Bland 40. The Martyrdom of Frankesh, Middleton and Sheterden 41. Sheterden's Letters 42. Examinations of Hall, Wade and Polley 43. Martyrdom of Christopher Wade 44. Nicholas Hall45. Margery Polley46. Martyrdom of Carver and Launder 47. Martyrdom of Thomas Iveson 48. John Aleworth 49. Martyrdom of James Abbes 50. Martyrdom of Denley, Newman and Pacingham 51. Martyrdom of John Newman52. Richard Hooke 53. Martyrdom of William Coker, et al 54. Martyrdom of George Tankerfield, et al 55. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Smith 56. Martyrdom of Harwood and Fust 57. Martyrdom of William Haile 58. George King, Thomas Leyes and John Wade 59. William Andrew 60. Martyrdom of Robert Samuel 61. Samuel's Letters 62. William Allen 63. Martyrdom of Thomas Cobb 64. Martyrdom of Catmer, Streater, Burwood, Brodbridge, Tutty 65. Martyrdom of Hayward and Goreway 66. Martyrdom and Letters of Robert Glover 67. Cornelius Bungey 68. John and William Glover 69. Martyrdom of Wolsey and Pigot 70. Life and Character of Nicholas Ridley 71. Ridley and Latimer's Conference 72. Ridley's Letters 73. Life of Hugh Latimer 74. Latimer's Letters 75. Ridley and Latimer Re-examined and Executed76. More Letters of Ridley 77. Life and Death of Stephen Gardiner 78. Martyrdom of Webb, Roper and Park 79. William Wiseman 80. James Gore 81. Examinations and Martyrdom of John Philpot 82. Philpot's Letters 83. Martyrdom of Thomas Whittle, Barlett Green, et al 84. Letters of Thomas Wittle 85. Life of Bartlett Green 86. Letters of Bartlett Green 87. Thomas Browne 88. John Tudson 89. John Went 90. Isobel Foster 91. Joan Lashford 92. Five Canterbury Martyrs 93. Life and Martyrdom of Cranmer 94. Letters of Cranmer 95. Martyrdom of Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield 96. Persecution in Salisbury Maundrell, Coberly and Spicer 97. William Tyms, et al 98. Letters of Tyms 99. The Norfolk Supplication 100. Martyrdom of John Harpole and Joan Beach 101. John Hullier 102. Hullier's Letters 103. Christopher Lister and five other martyrs 104. Hugh Lauerocke and John Apprice 105. Katherine Hut, Elizabeth Thacknell, et al 106. Thomas Drury and Thomas Croker 107. Thomas Spicer, John Deny and Edmund Poole 108. Persecution of Winson and Mendlesam 109. Gregory Crow 110. William Slech 111. Avington Read, et al 112. Wood and Miles 113. Adherall and Clement 114. A Merchant's Servant Executed at Leicester 115. Thirteen Burnt at Stratford-le-Bow116. Persecution in Lichfield 117. Hunt, Norrice, Parret 118. Martyrdom of Bernard, Lawson and Foster 119. Examinations of John Fortune120. John Careless 121. Letters of John Careless 122. Martyrdom of Julius Palmer 123. Agnes Wardall 124. Peter Moone and his wife 125. Guernsey Martyrdoms 126. Dungate, Foreman and Tree 127. Martyrdom of Thomas More128. Examination of John Jackson129. Examination of John Newman 130. Martyrdom of Joan Waste 131. Martyrdom of Edward Sharpe 132. Four Burnt at Mayfield at Sussex 133. John Horne and a woman 134. William Dangerfield 135. Northampton Shoemaker 136. Prisoners Starved at Canterbury 137. More Persecution at Lichfield
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Queene Mary. A treatise of Bishop Ridly lamenting the state of England.

MarginaliaAnno 1555. October.haue bene in extreme perilles, it were matter enoughe to write a longe booke. I will here name but one manne and one woman, that is, Athanasius 

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St Athanasius (c. 296-373) was the de facto leader of the trinitarian theologians at the Council of Nicea. He was repeatedly deposed of his offices and driven into exile by Arian rulers.

the greate clarke and godly man stoutely standing in Christes cause against the Arrians,  
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The Arians, who flourished from the fourth through the eighth centuries, denied that Christ was equal in substance and nature to God the Father. Ridley would have regarded this belief as heretical.

and that holy woman Blandina,  
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Blandina was a Christian martyr executed in Lyons in 177. Eusebius gave a vivid description of her constancy during her protracted martyrdom (HE V.1. 3-63).

standinge so constantly in all extreme paynes, in the simple confession of Christe. If thou wilt haue examples of moe, looke and thou shalt haue both these and a C. moe in Ecclesiastica historia of Eusebius, and in Tripartita historia.

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But for al these examples both of holy scripture, and of other historyes, I feare me the weake man of God incombred with the fraylty and infirmitie of the fleshe, wil haue now and then such thoughtes and quawmes (as they call them) to run ouer his hart, and to thinke thus: All these thinges which are rehearsed out of the scripture, I beleue to be true, and of the rest truely I do thinke well, & can beleue thē also to be true: but all these we must needes graūt were speciall miracles of God, which nowe in our dayes are ceased we see, and to require them at Gods handes, were it not to tempt God.

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MarginaliaGod worketh great miracles in our tyme although euery man doth not see them.Welbeloued brother, I graunt such were great wonderfull workes of God, and wee haue not seene many of such myracles in our tyme, eyther for that our sight is not cleare (for truely God worketh with hys, his parte in all tymes) or els because we haue not the lyke faythe of them for whose cause God wrought suche thinges, or because, after þt he had set forth the truth of his doctrine by such miracles then sufficiently, the time of so many miracles to bee done was expired withall. Which of these is the most speciall cause of all other, or whether there be any other, God knoweth: I leaue that to God. But knowe thou this my welbeloued in God, that Gods hand is as strong as euer it was, he may do what his gracious pleasure is, & hee is as good and gracious as euer he was. Man changeth as the garment doth, but God our heauenly father is euen the same now that he was, and shalbe for euermore.

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The world without doubt (this I do beleue, and therfore I say) draweth towardes an end, and in al ages God hath had hys owne maner, after hys secrete and vnsearchable wisedome, to vse hys electe, sometimes to delyuer them and to keepe them safe, and sometymes to suffer thē to drinke of Christes cuppe, that is, to feele the smart, and to feele of the whip. And though the flesh smarteth at the one, and feeleth ease in the other, is gladde of the one, and sore vexed in the other: yet the Lorde is all one, towardes them in both, and loueth them no lesse when hee suffereth thē to be beaten, yea & to be put to bodily deathe, then when he worketh wonders for theyr marueilous deliuery. MarginaliaThe Lordes fauour no lesse in aduersity, then in prosperitye.Nay rather he doth more for them, whē in anguish of þe torments he standeth by them & strengthneth them in theyr fayth, to suffer in þe confession of the truth & his fayth, the bitter panges of death, then when he openeth þe prison dore and letteth them go lose: for here hee doth but respite thē to an other time, & leaueth thē in daunger to fall in like perill again: & there he maketh them perfite, to be without danger, paine, or perill after þt for euermore. But this hys loue towards thē, howsoeuer the worlde doth iudge of it, is al one, both when he deliuereth & when he suffereth thē to be put to death. He loued as well Peter and Paul, whē after they had (according to hys blessed will, pleasure and prouidence, finished their courses, and done theyr seruices appoynted by hym here in preaching of his Gospel) the one was beheaded, and the other was hanged or crucified of the cruell tyraunt Nero (as the Ecclesiasticall hystory sayth) as when hee sent the Aungell to bringe Peter out of prison, and for Paules deliuery he made all þe dores of the prison to flye wide open, and the foundation of the same like an earthquake to tremble and shake.

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Thinkest thou (O thou man of God) that Chryst our sauiour had lesse affection to the first martyr Stephen, because he suffered his enemies euen at the first conflicte to stone him to death? No surely, nor Iames Iohns brother which was one of the three that Paule calleth Primates or Principals amongst the Apostles of Christ. Hee loued him neuer a whit the worse thē he did the other, although he suffered Herode the tyrauntes sword to cut of his head. Nay, doth not Danyell say speaking of the cruelty of Antichristes time: Et docti in populo docebunt plurimos, & ruent in gladio & in flamma, & in captiuitate, & rapina dierum. &c. Et de eruditis ruent vt conflentur & eligantur, & dealbentur. &c. MarginaliaDaniell. 11.That is, and the learned (hee meaneth truely learned in Gods lawe) shall teache many, and shall fall vppon the sworde, and in the flame, (that is, shall bee burned in the flaming fire) and in captiuitie (that is, shall bee in prison, and be spoyled and robbed of theyr goodes for a longe season.) And after a little in the same place of Daniell it followeth: MarginaliaDan. Ibid.aud of the learned there be, whiche shall fall or be ouerthrowne, that they may be knowne, tryed, chosen, &

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made white: he meaneth, be burnished & scoured a new, picked and chosen, and made fresh and lustye. If that then was foreseene for to be done to the godly learned, and for so gracious causes, let euery one to whom any such thing by the will of God doth chaunce, be mery in God, and reioyce, for it is to Gods glory, and to his owne euerlasting wealth. Wherefore well is he that euer he was borne, for whom thus graciously God hath prouided, hauing grace of God, and strength of the holy Ghost to stand steadfastly in the height of the storme. Happy is he that euer hee was borne, whome God his heauenly Father hath vouchsafed to appoynt him to glorifie him, and to edifie hys Churche by the effusion of his bloud.

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MarginaliaMartyrdome an high honour.To dye in Christes cause is an high honour, to þe whiche no man certaynly shall or can aspire, but to whō God vouchsafeth that dignitie: For no man is allowed to presume for to take vnto hym selfe any office of honour, but he which is thereunto called of God. Therfore Ioh. saith well speaking of them, which haue obtayned the victorye by the bloud of the Lambe, and by the worde of hys testimony, that they loued not theyr liues, euen vnto death. MarginaliaApocalip. 12.And our sauiour Christ sayth: He that shall lose his life for my cause shall finde it. And this manner of speach pertayneth not to one kinde of Christians, (as the worldly dothe wickedly dreame) but all that doe truelye pertayne vnto Christ. For when Christe had called vnto hym the multytude together with hys Disciples, he said vnto thē (mark that he sayde not this to the Disciples and Apostles onely, but he sayd it to al) who soeuer wil follow me, let him forsake or deny hymselfe, and take vp his crosse and followe me: for who soeuer will saue his lyfe, shall lose it (he meaneth who soeuer will, to saue hys life, both forsake or leaue hym and his truth) and whosoeuer shall lose hys lyfe for my cause, and the Gospels sake, shall saue it: For what shall it profite man if he shall winne the whole world and lose his owne soule? hys owne lyfe? or what shall a manne geue to recompence that losse of his owne lyfe, and of hys own soule: MarginaliaMath. 16.Who soeuer shalbe ashamed of me & my words (that is to confesse me and my Gospell) before this adulterous and sinful generation, of him shall the sonne of man be ashamed when he commeth in the glory of his Father, with the holy Aungels. MarginaliaMarke. 8.Know thou O man of God, that all thinges are ordayned for thy behoufe, and to the furtheraunce of thee, towardes thy saluation. All thinges (saith Paule) worketh with the good to goodnes, euen the enemies of God, & such kind of punishmentes whereby they goe about to destroy them, shall be forced by Gods power might, & fatherly prouidence, for to do them seruice.

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It is not as the wicked thinketh, that pouerty, aduersitie, sickenes, tribulation, yea paynfull death of the godly be tokens that God doth not loue them: but euen cleane the contrary, as all the whole course of scripture doth euidently declare, for then he would neuer haue suffered hys most dearly beloued the Patriarkes to haue had such troubles, his Prophetes, his Apostles, his martyrs and chiefe Champions and mayntayners of his truth and Gospell, so cruelly of the wicked to haue bene murdered and slayn. Of the which some were racked (as the Apostle sayth ) and woulde not be deliuered, that they might receaue a better resurrection. Some were tryed by mockinges & scourginges, yea moreouer by bondes and imprisonment: they were stoned, they were hewen and cut a sunder, they were tempted, they were slayne with the sword, they wandered vp and down in sheepes skinnes and Gotes skinnes, beyng forsaken, afflicted and tormented: such men as þe world was not worthy to haue, wādring in wildernes, in moūtaynes, in Dennes and Caues of the earth. All these were approued by the testimony of fayth, and receaued not the promise, because God did prouide better for vs, that without vs they should not be consummated. MarginaliaHeb. 11.They tary nowe for vs vndoubtedly, longing for the day: but they are commaunded to haue pacience yet (saith the Lord a litle while, vntill the number of theyr fellow seruauntes bee fulfilled, and of theyr brethren whiche are yet to be slayne, as they were.

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Now (thou O man of God) for our Lordes sake, let vs not for the loue of thys lyfe, tary then to long, and bee occasion of delay of that glorious consummation, in hope and expectation wherof the departed in the Lord, and the whiche also the liuing endued with Gods spirite, ought so earnestly to desire and to grone for with al the creatures of God. Let vs all with Iohn the seruaunt of God, cry in our harts vnto our sauiour Christ: Veni Domine Iesu, MarginaliaApoc. 22.come Lorde Iesu come. For then when Christ which is our life, shall be made manifest and appeare in glorye, then shall the Children of God appeare what they be, euen like vnto Christ: for this oure weake body shall bee transfigured

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