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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Alice Alexander

In a letter Bartlett Green stated that Alice Alexander may be innocent and so prove honest. 1563, p. 1466, 1570, p. 2028, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1856.

 
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Bernard

Curate of the parish of Weme, Shropshire.

When William Glover died of natural causes, Bernard (whom Foxe believed still to be curate in 1583) refused to allow his burial in consecrated ground. 1570, p. 1891, 1576, p. 1620, 1583, p. 1714.

 
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Bockingham

In a letter Bartlett Green requested relief for the following, who were possibly his fellow prisoners: Henry Aprice, Lancelot, Hobbes, Lother, Homes, Carre, Bockingham. 1563, p. 1466, 1570, p. 2028, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1856.

 
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Carre

In a letter Bartlett Green requested relief for the following: Henry Aprice, Lancelot, Hobbes, Lother, Homes, Carre, Bockingham. 1563, p. 1466, 1570, p. 2028, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1856.

 
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Coningham

Female prisoner in Newgate (debtor?)

In a letter Bartlett Green states that Coningham and Alice Alexander may be innocent and so prove honest. 1563, p. 1466. 1570, p. 2028, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1856.

 
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Elizabeth Clarke

Elizabeth Clarke received a letter from Bartlett Green, 20 January 1556. 1570, p. 2028, 1576, pp. 1747-48, 1583, p. 1856.

 
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Henry Aprice

In a letter Bartlett Green requested relief for the following, who were possibly his fellow prisoners: Henry Aprice, Lancelot, Hobbes, Lother, Homes, Carre, Bockingham. 1563, p. 1466. 1570, p. 2028, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1856.

 
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Hobbes

In a letter Bartlett Green requested relief for the following: Henry Aprice, Lancelot, Hobbes, Lother, Ho[l]mes, Carre, Bockingham. 1563, p. 1466, 1570, p. 2028, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1856.

 
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Ho[l]mes

In a letter Bartlett Green requested relief for the following: Henry Aprice, Lancelot, Hobbes, Lother, Homes, Carre, Bockingham. 1563, p. 1466. 1570, p. 2028, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1856.

 
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John Grove

In a letter Green asked Bartham Calthorp to remember John Grove, an 'honest poor man', along with his 'accomplices' Traiford and Rice Aprice. 1563, p. 1466, 1570, p. 2028, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1855.

 
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Lancelot

In a letter Bartlett Green requests relief for the following: Lancelot, Henry Aprice, Hobbes, Lother, Homes, Carre, Bockingham. 1563, p. 1466, 1570, p. 2028, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1856.

 
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Lother

In a letter Bartlett Green requested relief for the following: Henry Aprice, Lancelot, Hobbes, Lother, Homes, Carre, Bockingham. 1563, p. 1466. 1570, p. 2028, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1856.

 
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[Mrs] Cooper

Debtor in Newgate prison.

Bartlett Green believed that Master Boyer would look after Mrs Cooper's welfare. 1563, p. 1466, 1570, p. 2028, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1856.

 
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Rice Aprice

In a letter Green asked Bartham Calthorp to remember John Grove, an 'honest poor man', along with his 'accomplices' Traiford and Rice Aprice. 1563, p. 1466, 1570, p. 2028, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1855.

 
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Thomas Brown

(1519? - 1556)

Martyr. Of Histon, Histi[n]win, Cambs. Lived in Fleet Street, St Bride's parish. Married.

Thomas Brown was aged 37 at his death. He refused to take mass on 26 September 1556 and denied transubstantiation. He was presented by the constable to Bonner. 1563, p. 1466, 1570, p. 2029, 1576, p. 1749, 1583, pp. 1856-57.

He was examined and condemned by 15 January 1556. 1563, p. 1466, 1570, p. 2029, 1576, p. 1735, 1583, p. 1857.

Foxe lists Bonner's charges and Brown's answers to the charges. 1563, pp. 1451-54, 1570, p. 2029, 1576, pp. 1735-37, 1583, p. 1857.

Brown was burned at Smithfield, 27 January 1556. 1563, pp. 1451, 1466, 1570, p. 2029, 1576, p. 1735 1583, p. 1857.

 
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Thomas Witton

Scrivener in Lombard Street. Cousin of Bartlett Green.

In a letter Green said his cousin Thomas Witton would further the delivery of John Grove, Trayford and Rice Aprice. 1563, p. 1466, 1570, p. 2028, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1855.

 
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Trayford

In a letter Green asked Bartham Calthorp to remember John Grove, an 'honest poor man', along with his 'accomplices' Traiford and Rice Aprice. 1563, p. 1466, 1570, p. 2028, 1576, p. 1747, 1583, p. 1855.

 
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Histon
NGR: TL 437 639

A parish in the hundred of Chesterton, county of Cambridge. 3.5 miles north by west from Cambridge. The living comprises the consolidated discharged vicarages of St Andrew and St Etheldreda in the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Ely.

English information from Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (S. Lewis & Co: London, 1831)

Welsh information taken from Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales(Lewis & Co: London, 1840)

The reason for the use of these works of reference is that they present the jurisdictional and ecclesiastical position as it was before the major Victorian changes. The descriptions therefore approximate to those applying in the sixteenth century, after the major changes of 1535-42. Except for the physical locations, which have not changed, the reader should not therefore take these references as being accurate in the twenty-first century.

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1880 [1856]

Queene Mary. Godly letters of M. Bartlet Grene Martyr.

MarginaliaAnno 1556. Ianuary.you M. Calthrop thinke on Iohn Groue, an honest poore man, Traiford, and Rice Aprice his accomplices. My cosin Thomas Witton (a Scriuener in Lombardstreete) hath promised to further their deliuerie: at the least hee can instruct you whiche waye to worke. I doubt not but that Maister Boyer will labour for the good wife Cooper (for she is worthy to bee holpen) and Berard the Frenchman. 

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This is a misprint; the name is 'Gerard the Frenchman' in ECL 260, fo. 64r and Letters of the Martyrs, p. 559.

 
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Cattley/Pratt, VII, Appendix: ref page 744, line 2

The 'Letters of the Martyrs' (p. 559, Edit. 1564) have "and Gerard," which is probably the better reading.

There bee also diuers other well disposed men, whose deliueraunce if ye will not labour for: yet I humbly beseeche you to seeke their reliefe, as you shall see cause, namely of Henry Aprice, Lancelot, Hobbes, Lother, Homes, Carre, and Bockyngham, a young man of goodly giftes in witte and learnyng, and (sauyng that he is somewhat wilde) likely to doe well hereafter. There bee also two women, Conyngham and Alice Alexander that may proue honest. For these and all other poore prisoners, here I make this my humble sute, and prayer to you all my Maisters, and especiall good frendes, beseechyng you of all bondes of amitie, for the precious bloud of Iesus Christ, in the bowelles of mercie: to tender the causes of miserable captiues: helpe to clothe Christ, visite the afflicted, comfort the sorrowfull, and releue the needy. The very God of peace guide your hartes to haue mercy on the poore, and loue faythfully together, Amen. This present Monday, when I looke to dye, and liue for euer.

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Yours as euer Bartlet Greene.

An other letter of M. Greene to Mistres Elizabeth Clarke. 
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This letter was first printed in Letters of the Martyrs, pp. 555-57 and subsequently in the Acts and Monuments. BL, Additional MS 19400, fo. 56r-v is the original letter.

MarginaliaAn other letter of Barlet Grene to Mistres Elizabeth Clarke.WOuld GOD (if it were his pleasure) that with this Letter I might send you may harte and mynde, and whatsoeuer there is in me elles, that pertayneth vnto GOD: So should I thinke it the beste message, and happyest Letter that euer I could write. But though I obtaine not my desire, yet shall I not cease with continuall prayer to labour for you,  

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Cattley/Pratt, VII, 744, fn 1

1 Cor. vii.

desiryng almighty GOD to encrease that, which he hath long sith begonne in you, of sober lyfe, and earnest zeale towardes his Religion. In fayth (as sayth Sainct Paule ) she that is a true widowe and frendlesse, putteth her trust in GOD, continuyng day and night in Supplication and prayer: but she that liueth in pleasure is dead, euen yet aliue. Marginalia1. Tsm. 5. Marginalia1. Cor. 5.And verely a true widowe is she that hath maryed Christ, forsakyng the vanities of the worlde, and luste of the fleshe. For as the maryed woman careth howe to loue, please, and serue her husband: so ought the widowe to geue all her hart and soule, thoughtes and wordes, studies and labours: faythfully to loue GOD, vertuously to bryng vp her children and houshold, and diligently to prouide for the poore and oppressed. Marginalia1. Tim. 5.

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Therefore Sainct Paule first instructeth a widow how to behaue her selfe, that is: Not to liue in pleasure, then to watche vnto prayer, as the onely meanes to obtayne all our desires, stedfastly laying vppe all our trust in GOD, as Dauid right well sayth: First eschew euill, then doe good. MarginaliaPsalm. 34.Of Anna the prayse was written, that shee neuer went out of the Temple, but serued GOD with fastyng and prayer night and day: so well had she espoused Christ. MarginaliaLuke. 2.Iudith ware a smocke of heare, continuyng in fastyng, and had good report of all men. MarginaliaIudith. 8. MarginaliaEphesian. 6.

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The next care that belongeth to a widowe, is that she bryng vppe her children and houshold godly, in the nourture and information of the Lorde.  

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Eph. vi.

Whereof Saincte Paule sayeth: If any haue Children or Nephewes, lette them learne firste to rule their owne house Godly, and to recompence their elders. Marginalia1. Tim. 5.The incontinencie and couetousnesse of Phinees and Ophny, not corrected by Ely their Father, prouoked GODS vengeaunce vppon him, and all his kynred. Marginalia1. Reg. 2. 2. Reg. 15.The ouer tender loue of Absolon, expelled Dauid from his kyngdome. The vnrebuked sinnes of Ammon encouraged Absolon to slea his brother: Marginalia1. Reg 8.most manifest examples agaynste the parentes, for the offences of the Children. 
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2 Sam. xv.

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Contrarywise, how greatly might Hannah reioyce ouer Samuell her Sonne, whome she had brought vppe in the house of the Lorde: Marginalia2. Reg. 13.What thankes might Tobias wife giue for her Sonne Toby? How happy was Salomō to be taught by the prophet Nathan? Marginalia3. Reg. 1.But aboue all widowes, thrise blessed was the happy mother of the vij. Sonnes, that so had instructed them by the feare of GOD, that by no tormentes they would shrincke from the loue of his truth? Marginalia2. Mach. 7.

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Of the last parte Saincte Paule sheweth that a widowe shoulde bee chosen, If shee haue nourished her Children, if shee haue been liberall to straungers, if shee haue washed the Sainctes feete, and if shee haue ministred to them in aduersitie. Marginalia1. Tim. 5.Herein it is euident howe earnestly Saincte Paule would haue widowes bent towardes the poore, for that (as though they onely had been therefore meete) hee appointed onely widowes to minister to the Sainctes, and to gather for the poore. MarginaliaThe office and exercise of christen widowes in the primatiue Church.Whiche vse also continued, almost throughout the primitiue Churche, that widowes had the charge, and gatheryng for the poore men and straungers.

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Of your neighboures I neede not to put you in remem-

braunce, seeynge you dayly feede them with good Hospitalitie, by whiche meanes also many foreners are of you relieued: but of the poore Almes houses, and miserable prisoners here in London many lacking their libertie wythout cause, some vnder the colour of Religion, some onely kept for fees, and some on priuate mennes displeasure. Alas that Christe so hungereth, and no man will feede hym: is so sore opprest with thyrst, and no man will geue him to drinke: destitute of all lodgyng, aud not relieued: naked, and not cloathed: sicke, and not visited: imprisoned, and not seene. In tyme past menne could bestowe large summes of money on copes, vestimentes, and ornamentes of the Churche. Why rather follow we not * Marginalia* S. Ambrose tooke from the church, & gaue to the poore: we take from the poore their tithes and improperations, & giue them to Churches and ministers where is nothing but singing, and idlenes.S. Ambroses example, whiche solde the same to the reliefe of the poore, or Chrysostomes commaundement, which willeth first to decke and garnish the liuing temple of God? But alas, suche is the wickednesse of these our last dayes, that nothing moueth vs: neyther the pure doctrine, the godlines of life, nor good examples of the auncient Fathers. If in any thing they erred, if they haue written anye thynge that serueth for sectes and dissension, that will their charitable children embrace, publishe and mayntayne with sworde, Fagot and fire. But all in vayne: they stryue agaynst the streame. For though in despite of the truth, by force of the oers of crafty perswasion, they maye bringe themselues into the hauen of hell: yet can they not make all menne bebeleue, that the bankes moue whilest the shippe sayleth, nor euer shall be able to turne the directe course of the streame of Gods truth. Our Lord Iesus Christ strengthen you in al pure doctrine and vpright liuing, and geue you grace, vertuously to bring vp your children and family, and carefully to prouide for the poore and oppressed, Amen. At Newgate the 20. of Ianuary, Ann. 1556.

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Your assured, Bartlet Greene.

An other certayne writing of M. Bartlet Greene. 
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The friend in this letter is almost certainly Christopher Goodman. This letter was first printed in Jean Crespin, Troisième partie au recueil des martyrs (Geneva: 1556), pp. 538-40) and in all of Crespin's subsequent martyrologies. (See David Watson, 'Jean Crespin and the First Martyrology of the Reformation' in David Loades (ed.), John Foxe and the English Reformation [Aldershot: 1997], pp. 197-98 for a discussion of this). The letter is not printed in the 1563 edition or in the Letters of the Martyrs. Crespin's version of the letter is dated 26 January 1556, the day before Green's execution.

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MarginaliaAn other certayne writing of M. Bartlet Grene.BEtter is the day of death (sayth Salomon) then the daye of birth. Man that is borne of woman, liueth but a shorte tyme, and is replenished with many miseries: but happye are the dead that dye in the Lord. Man of woman is borne in trauell, to liue in misery: manne thorough Christe dothe dye in ioye, and lyue in felicitie. He is borne to dye, and dyeth to liue. Straight as he cōmeth into the world, with cryes he vttereth his miserable estate: straight as he departeth, with songes hee prayseth God for euer. Scarse yet in his cradle 3. deadly enemies assault him: after death no aduersary may annoy him. Whilest hee is here, he displeaseth God: when he is dead he fulfilleth his will. In this lyfe here he dyeth through sinne: in the life to come he liueth in righteousnesse. Through many tribulations in earth he is still purged: with ioye vnspeakeable in heauen is he made pure for euer. Here he dyeth euery houre: there hee liueth continuallye: Here is sinne: there is righteousnes Here is tyme: there is eternitie. Here is hatred: there is loue. Here is payne: there is pleasure. Here is miserye: there is felicity. Here is corruption: there is immortalitie. Here we see vanitie: there shall we behold the maiestie of god, with triumphant and vnspeakeable ioy in glory euerlasting. Seeke therefore the thinges that are aboue, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God the father: vnto whom with the sonne and the holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

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Yours in Christ, Bartlet Grene.

Diuers other letters and matters there were beside which this seruaunt of God did write, as namely certayn notes & extractes in Latine out of the Doct. & other authours for his memory, wherby is declared how studious he was in þe searching and knowledge of the law of God, although his profession was the temporall lawe. Where I would to God, he were not among the lawyers such a phenix that he had very few or no fellowes to flye wt hym or to followe hys steppes. But God is to be praysed, that although we read of few or none among that sort that dyed as he did, MarginaliaA commendatiō of Lawyers.yet good witnesse doe spring vpp dayly of the same profession, to such towardnes and Godly zeale, that some hope already appeareth, shortly to come to passe, that this godly Phenix shall not flye alone. These foresayde notes and gatheringes of his out of the Doctoures, were taken from him by Boner, being found about hym, which was to him no little griefe. Hee among the rest was first apprehended, but last of them condemned, which was the xv. day of Ianuary, and afterward burned with the other Martyrs, the 27. of the same moneth. 

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The date of the execution of Whittle, Green and the others has been disputed. The normally reliable London diarist Henry Machyn states that it took place on 22 January (The Diary of Henry Machyn, ed. J. G. Nichols, Camden Society, original 42 [1848], p. 99). The chronicler Charles Wriothesley supports Foxe in stating that Whittle and the others were executed on 27 January. The dates of two of Green's letters further confirm the date of 27 January as that of his execution.

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3. Thomas Browne, Martyr. 
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Thomas Brown

Brown's death was merely listed in the Rerum (p. 634). This account of Brown and his martyrdom was first printed in the 1563 edition and substantially unchanged in subsequent editions. It is based entirely on official records, now lost, of Brown's trial.

MarginaliaEx Regist. MarginaliaTho. Browne, Martyr. MarginaliaIanuary. 27.THomas Browne, borne in the Paryshe of Hyston, wythin the Dyoces of Elye, came afterwarde to London, where hee dwelled in the Parysh of Sainct Brides in Fleetestreete, a maryed manne, of the age of 37. yeares: who because he came not to hys parish church

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