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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Joan Beach

(d. 1556)

Widow. Martyr. Of Tunbridge, Kent.

Joan Beach was examined by Maurice Griffith, bishop of Rochester. 1563, p. 1521, 1570, p. 2086, 1576, p. 1900, 1583, p. 1906.

Articles were raised against her which she answered. 1563, p. 1521, 1570, p. 2086, 1576, p. 1900, 1583, p. 1906.

She was burned with John Harpole in Rochester around 1 April 1556. 1563, p. 1521, 1570, p. 2086, 1576, p. 1800, 1583, p. 1906.

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John Harpole

(d. 1556)

Martyr. Of the parish of St Nicholas, Rochester.

John Harpole was examined by Maurice Griffith, bishop of Rochester. 1563, p. 1521, 1570, p. 2086, 1576, p. 1800, 1583, p. 1906.

Articles were brought against him. 1563, p. 1521, 1570, p. 2086, 1576, p. 1800, 1583, p. 1906.

He was burned with Joan Beach in Rochester around 1 April 1556. 1563, p. 1521, 1570, p. 2086, 1576, p. 1800, 1583, p. 1906.

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John Hullier

(d. 1556)

Martyr. Curate of Babraham, Cambridgeshire. [Fines]

Foxe recounts Hullier's early life and education. 1563, p. 1513, 1570, pp. 2086, 2196 1576, pp. 1800, 1895, 1583, pp. 1906, 2004.

John Hullier was examined and sent to Cambridge Castle by Thomas Thirlby, bishop of Ely, and his chancellor. 1563, p. 1514, 1570, pp. 2086, 2196, 1576, pp. 1800, 1895, 1583, pp. 1906, 2004.

He was conveyed to Cambridge town prison (the Tolbooth), where he remained for about a quarter of a year. 1570, p. 2196, 1576, p. 1895, 1583, p. 2004.

John Hullier appeared before Shaxton, Young, Segewick, Scot, Mitch and others on Palm Sunday eve at Great St Mary's. 1570, p. 2196, 1576, p. 1895, 1583, p. 2004.

Brasey, mayor of Cambridge, carried John Hullier to prison again and took from him all his books, writings and papers. 1570, p. 2196, 1576, p. 1895, 1583, p. 2004.

Hullier was degraded. 1570, p. 2196, 1576, p. 1895, 1583, p. 2004.

He was sent to the stake on Maundy Thursday. 1570, p. 2196, 1576, p. 1895, 1583, p. 2004.

He was burned at Cambridge on 2 April 1556. 1563, p. 1515, 1570, p. 2086, 1576, p. 1800, 1583, p. 1906.

At the stake, Brisley, the sergeant, bade Hullier to be silent or repent. 1570, p. 2196, 1576, p. 1895, 1583, p. 2004.

George Boyes, Henry Barley and Gray [all of Trinity College] were present at the burning of John Hullier. They berated Hullier. 1570, p. 2196, 1576, p. 1895, 1583, p. 2004.

Books were burned with Hullier, who died slowly but patiently at the stake, uttering prayers and holding a communion book as he died. 1570, pp. 2196-97, 1576, p. 1896, 1583, p. 2004.

Hullier died before the gunpowder that Seagar Nicholson had given him took effect. 1570, p. 2197, 1576, p. 1896, 1583, p. 2004.

Many of Hullier's body parts were taken by the crowd. 1570, p. 2197, 1576, p. 1896, 1583, p. 2004.

Prayer of John Hullier. [BL Harley 416, fos.17v-20r. Printed only in 1563, pp. 1515-16.]

Letters. 1570, pp. 2087-88, 2088-89, 1576, pp. 1801-02, 1583, pp. 1906-08.

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John Rogers

(1500? - 1555) (DNB)


Foxe describes Rogers' life and career. 1563, pp. 1022-23; 1570, p. 1656; 1576, p. 1413; 1583, p. 1484.

John Rogers preached a sermon at Paul's Cross on 6 August 1553 denouncing 'popery', for which he was placed under arrest. 1563, p. 1023; 1570, p. 1656; 1576, p. 1413; 1583, p. 1484. [NB: This contradicts the next two entries].

On 13 August 1553 Gilbert Bourne (Marian bishop of Bath and Wells) preached a sermon at Paul's Cross, praising Bonner and criticising Edward VI. This sermon incited a fanatic to throw a dagger at him and enraged the mob. John Rogers and John Bradford escorted Bourne to safety (1563, p. 905; 1570, p. 1570; 1576, p. 1339; and 1583, p. 1497 [recte 1409]. The story is in Rerum, pp. 464-65, but Rogers is not mentioned in that version).

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On 16 August 1553, Rogers was placed under house arrest by the privy council (1583, p. 1497 [recte 1409]).

He was committed to Newgate on 26 January 1554 (1570, p. 1637; 1576, p. 1396; 1583, p. 1467).

Ridley reported to Cranmer, in a letter written in the aftermath of the Oxford disputations in April 1554, that Crome, Rogers and Bradford would be taken to Cambridge for a disputation on similar lines to that held in Oxford (1570, p. 1634; 1576, p. 1394; 1583, p. 1464).

It was rumoured in May 1554 that Rogers, together with Bradford and Saunders, would take part in a disputation to be held in Cambridge (1570, p. 1639; 1576, p. 1399; 1583, p. 1469).

Rogers was one of the signatories to a letter of 8 May 1554 protesting against the proposed disputation. The letter is printed in 1563, pp. 1001-3; 1570, pp. 1639-41; 1576, pp. 1399-1400; 1583, pp. 1469-71).

He was summoned before Stephen Gardiner at St Mary Overies on 28 January 1555 (1570, p. 1655; 1576, p. 1412; 1583, p. 1483).

Rogers' examination took place on 29 January 1555. [BL Harley 421, fos.40r-41r. Not printed in Acts and Monuments or Letters of the Martyrs but mentioned in 1563, p. 1029 et seq.]

Bradford's second examination took place on 29 January 1555, directly after the excommunication of John Rogers. 1563, pp. 1188-92, 1570, p. 1784, 1576, p. 1524, 1583, p. 1607.

He was excommunicated and condemned to death by Stephen Gardiner on 29 January 1555 (1570, p. 1655; 1576, p. 1412; 1583, p. 1483).

His examination and condemnation: 1563, pp. 1026-31; 1570, pp. 1656-62; 1576, pp. 1414-19; 1583, pp. 1484-89. He was examined and condemned with John Hooper on. 1563, p. 1056; 1570, p. 1680; 1576, pp. 1433-34; 1583, p. 1507.

Rogers was degraded, with John Hooper, on 4 February 1555. 1563, pp. 1057-58; 1570, p. 1681; 1576, pp. 1434-35; 1583, p. 1508.

Rogers' martyrdom is described. 1563, pp. 1036-37; 1570, pp. 1663-64; 1576, pp. 1419-20; 1583, pp. 1492-93.

When examined by Bonner, John Leafe (who was burned with John Bradford) denied transubstantiation and admitted to being a scholar of John Rogers, and that he believed in the doctrine of Rogers, Hooper and Cardmaker. 1563, p. 1214, 1570, p. 1804, 1576, p. 1540, 1583, p. 1623.

In a letter to his mother and others, John Bradford asked that Rogers be remembered. 1570, pp. 1805-06,1576, pp. 1541-42, 1583, p. 1624.

John Rogers' martyrdom was referred to in Bradford's letter to the university town of Cambridge. 1563, pp. 1178-80, 1570, pp. 1808-09., 1576, p. 1545, 1583, p. 1627.

Grindal wrote to Ridley from his exile in Frankfort, to which letter Ridley replied. Ridley mentioned that he knew that Ferrar, Hooper, Rogers, Taylor of Hadleigh, Saunders and Tomkins had all been martyred, as had Cardmaker the day before he wrote this letter. 1570, pp. 1901-02, 1576, pp. 1628-30, 1583, pp. 1729-30.

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His other writings: (1563, pp. 1031-36; 1570, p. 1663; 1576, p. 1419; 1583, pp. 1489-92).

Rogers was involved in the debate over the clerical wearing of caps. 1563, p. 1732.

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Maurice Griffith

(d. 1558)

BD (1532). Bishop of Rochester (1554 - 1558). [DNB]

Maurice Griffith was created bishop of Rochester (1570, p. 1636; 1576, p. 1396; 1583, p. 1487).

Bradford, in a letter to John Treves, referred to a contention between the master of Katherines Hall and the bishop of Rochester, who was master of Pembroke Hall, as to which should have Bradford as a fellow. 1583, p. 1664.

Rochester condemned Christopher Wade and Nicholas Halle 31 June 1555, and they were burned in July 1555. 1570, p. 1859, 1576, p. 1591, 1583, p. 1678.

Margaret Polley was accused and brought before Maurice Griffith, bishop of Rochester. 1570, pp. 1859-60, 1576, pp. 1591-92, 1583, p. 1679.

Nicholas Hall was condemned by Maurice Griffith, bishop of Rochester, 31 June 1555, and burned about 19 July 1555. 1570, p. 1859, 1576, p. 1591, 1583, p. 1678.

Philpot's fifth examination was before Bonner, Rochester, Coventry, St Asaph, as well as Story, Curtop, Saverson, Pendleton and others. 1563, pp. 1398-1405, 1570, pp. 1968-72, 1576, pp. 1695-98, 1583, pp. 1803-05.

Philpot stated that Cheyney and Rochester could testify to what he had said under his examination. 1563, pp. 1405-12, 1570, pp. 1972-78, 1576, pp. 1698-1702, 1583, pp. 1805-10.

Philpot's seventh examination on 19 November 1555 was before Bonner, Rochester, the chancellor of Lichfield, Chadsey and John Dee. 1563, pp. 1412-16, 1570, pp. 1978-80, 1576, pp. 1702-05, 1583, pp. 1810-12.

Joan Beach and John Harpole were examined by Maurice Griffith, bishop of Rochester. 1570, p. 2086, 1576, p. 1800, 1583, p. 1906.

Stephen Gratwick was condemned by the bishop of Winchester and the bishop of Rochester. 1570, p. 2161, 1576, p. 1867, 1583, p. 1976.

Richard Woodman's fourth examination took place before White (Winchester), Griffith (Rochester), a certain doctor and others on 25 May 1557. 1563, pp. 1596-99, 1570, pp. 2188-90, 1576, pp. 1889-90, 1583, pp. 1997-99.

Ralph Allerton was examined on 19 May before the bishop of Rochester, Chichester and others. 1563, p. 1626, 1570, p. 2212, 1576, p. 1908, 1583, p. 2016.

William Wood offered sanctuary in his house to Walter Appleby and his wife, but within a fortnight the bishop of Rochester sent his chief man to bring them to Rochester, where they were imprisoned and later burned. 1583, p. 2145.

Maurice Griffith died after Queen Mary. 1563, p. 1707, 1570, p. 2301, 1576, p. 1992.

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Nicholas Hall

(d. 1555)

Bricklayer. Martyr. Of Dartford, Kent. [Fines]

Foxe records the articles against Nicholas Hall and his answers.1570, p. 1859, 1576, p. 1591, 1583, p. 1678.

Nicholas Hall was condemned by Maurice Griffith, bishop of Rochester on 31 June 1555. He was burned about 19 July 1555. 1570, p. 1859, 1576, p. 1591, 1583, p. 1678. According to 1563 (p. 1244), he was burned at Rochester in July 1555.

[Foxe also refers to him as 'Halle' and 'Haule'.]

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Thomas Thirlby

(1506? - 1570) (DNB)

Bishop of Westminster (1540 - 1550). Bishop of Norwich (1550 - 1554). Bishop of Ely (1554 - 1559). [Fasti; DNB]

Thomas Thirlby was one of the recipients of the proclamation from Philip and Mary authorising the persecution of protestants. 1563, p. 1561, 1570, p. 2155, 1576, p. 1862, 1583, p. 1974[incorrectly numbered 1970].

Thomas Thirlby was present at Gardiner's sermon, 30 September 1554 (1570, p. 1644; 1576, p. 1402; 1583, p. 1473).

He was one of the examiners of John Rogers on 22 January 1555. 1563, pp. 1023-26; 1570, pp. 1657-59; 1576, pp. 1414-15; 1583, pp. 1484-86.

He was one of the commissioners who condemned John Bradford, Laurence Saunders and Rowland Taylor to death (1570, p. 1699; 1576, p. 1450; 1583, pp. 1523-24).

He was sent as an ambassador to the pope on 19 February 1555. Foxe speculates that this embassy concerned the restoration of monastic lands. 1570, p. 1729; 1576, p. 1477; 1583, p. 1559.

A letter regarding Green's treason was sent to Bonner by the privy council on 11 November 1555 but not delivered until 17 November. It was signed by Winchester, Penbroke, Thomas Ely, William Haward, John Bourne, Thomas Wharton. 1563, p. 1460, 1570, p. 2023, 1576, p. 1744, 1583, p. 1852.

Thirlby and Bonner came to Cranmer with a new commission on 14 February 1556. 1563, pp. 1489-92; 1570, pp. 2058-59, 1576, pp. 1775-76, 1583, pp. 1881-82.

Thirlby examined and condemned John Hullier. 1563, p. 1515, 1570, p. 2086, 1576, p. 1800, 1583, p. 1906.

John Hullier was examined and sent to Cambridge Castle by Thirlby. 1570, p. 2196, 1576, p. 1895, 1583, p. 2004.

Thirlby was imprisoned in the Tower after the death of Mary. 1570, p. 2301, 1576, p. 1993, 1583, p. 2101.

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NGR: SU 966 778

A parish in the hundred of Stoke, county of Buckingham. One mile north from Windsor, 23 miles west by south from London.

Chiefly distinguished for its public school. The site upon which the college stands is said to be extraparochial. The college was founded by Henry VI in 1440; the original foundation was for a provost, ten priests, six clerks, six choristers, 25 poor grammar scholars, a master and 25 almsmen.

The living is a rectory in the peculiar jurisdiction and incumbency of the Provost.

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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Tunbridge, [Tonbridge]
NGR: TQ 590 465

A parish in the lowey of Tunbridge, lathe of Aylesford, county of Kent. 14 miles west-south-west from Maidstone, 30 miles south-east from London. The living is a vicarage in the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Rochester.

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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Q. Mary. The examination of Ioh. Harpoole, Joane Beach, Iohn Hullier Martyrs.

MarginaliaAnno 1556. Aprill.bodyly vexations. We thinke not good, by any vnlawful sturre or cōmotion, to seeke remedy: but intend by Gods grace, to obey her maiesty in al things, not against God & his holy woorde. But vnto such vngodly bishoplike commandements, as are against God, we answer with the apostles: God must be obeied rather then man. If persecution shall ensue (whiche some threaten vs with) we desire the heauenly Father, according to his promise, to looke from heauen, to heare our crye, to iudge betweene vs & our aduersaries, & to geue vs faith, strength and patience, to cōtinue faithfully vnto the end, & to shorten these euil daies, for his chosens sake: and so we faithfully beleeue he will.

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Notwithstanding, we trust the Quenes gracious and mercifull heart will not suffer such tyranny to be done against her poore, innocent, faithful, and obedient subiects, that daily pray vnto God for her: which haue no remedie in this world but to sue vnto her highnesse, our most gracious and benigne soueraigne: MarginaliaQueene Maries anthoritie striuing against mens consciences.whom we pray & beseech, for the deare bloud of Christ, to pitie our lamentable case and hurt of conscience, and to call backe all such commandements as are against Gods honour, as the good Kyng Darius, Assuerus, Traianus, Theodosius, & diuers other haue done: and to permit the holy woord of God and true religion (set foorth by our moste holy and innocent king Edward, a very Sainte of God) to be restored agayne vnto our Churches, to be frequented amongst vs. So shal we grow and increase in the knowledge of God & of Christ, in true repentance and amendement of life: so shal we exhibite true obedience to our lawfull Magistrates and all superiors ordained of God: so shall loue & charitye (of late thorowe this commandement so decaied) be againe restored, the honor of her regall estate the more confirmed and established, and godlinesse and vertuous life among her louing subiects increased and maintained.

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And we most hartily pray you (right honorable commissioners) to be meanes vnto the Queenes highnesse, and to her honourable Counsaile, that thys oure humble sute may be fauourably tendered, and graciously hearde and graunted. And we shall not cease daye and nyghte to pray vnto the heauēly Father, long to preserue her grace, & all other magistrates in his feare and loue, and in prosperous peace and wealth, with long life & honor. Amen.

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Your poore suppliants, the louers of Christes
true Religion in Northfolke and Suffolke.

The story of Iohn Harpole, of the parish of S. Nicholas in Rochester, 
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The Martyrdom of Harpole and Beach

According to the writ authorizing his execution, Harpole was from Tunbridge, not Rochester (PRO, C/85/144, fo. 34).

Ioane Beach wydowe, of Tunbridge, Martyrs.

MarginaliaIohn Harpole, Ioane Beach, Martyrs. 

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In the 1563 edition, Foxe just stated that Harpole and Beach were burned in Rochester on 1 April 1556. This entire account first appeared in the 1570 edition and was based entirely on material taken from the register of Maurice Griffins, bishop of Rochester, which Foxe must have consulted between 1563 and 1570 (see 1570, p. 2086; 1576, p. 1700 and 1583, p. 1406). Only fragments of this register survive andthese documents are now lost.

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TOuching the examination of Ioane Beach widowe, and of Iohn Harpole within the dioces of Rochester, by Maurice B. of the sayde Diocesse, remembraunce was made before in the story of Nicholas Hal, pag. 1591. wherin was declared the foure articles Consistorial of the byshop, obiected and laide, as vnto the sayd Nicholas Hall and his company, so also to this Ioane Beach wydowe: whereof the first was this.

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MarginaliaEx Regist. Articles layd to Ioane Beach.1 That shee was of the parish of Tunbridge, in þe Dioces of Rochester.

2 Item, that all persons which preache, teach beleeue, or say otherwise or contrary to that their mother holye Catholike church of Christ, are excommunicate persons and heretickes.

3 Item, that the sayde Ioane Beach hath, and yet dothe affirme, maintaine, and beleue contrary to the sayde mother holye Churche of Christe, videlicet, that in the blessed sacrament of the aultar, vnder forme of breade and wine, there is not the very body and bloude of our Sauiour in substance, but onely a token and a memoriall thereof: and that the very body and bloude of Christ is in heauen, and not in the sacrament.

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4 Item, that she hath bene, and yet is, amongst the parishioners of Tunbridge, openly noted, and vehemently suspected to be a sacramentarie, and hereticke.

Her personall answeres to the said Articles.

MarginaliaAunsweres of Ioane Beach to the articles.TO the whych foresayde articles, her aunsweares were these. First, that shee was and is of the sayd parishe of Tunbridge, in the Dioces of Rochester.

2 That al persons which do preach and hold otherwise and contrary to that, which the holy catholicke churche of Christ doth, are to be reputed for excommunicate and heretickes: MarginaliaThe Catholicke Church no mother.adding wythall, that neuerthelesse she beleeueth not the holy Catholike church to be her mother, but beleueth only the father of heauen to be her father.

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3 Thirdly, that shee hath, and yet doeth verely beleeue, hold, and affirme, in the Sacrament of the Aultare vnder

fourmes of bread and wyne, not to be the very body and bloud of our Sauiour in substance, but onely a token and remembraunce of hys death to the faithfull receiuer, and that his body and substaunce is onely in heauen, and not in the Sacrament.

4 Lastly, as touching howe shee hath beene or is noted and reputed among the parishners of Tunbridge, shee sayd, shee could not tell: howbeit shee beleeued, shee was not so taken and reputed.

Examination and condemnation of Iohn Harpole and Ioane Beach.

THe lyke matter, and the same foure Articles were also the same present time and place ministred to Iohn Harpole by the foresayde byshop Maurice: who after the like aunsweares receiued of hym, as of the other before, adiudged and condemned them both together to deathe, by one fourme of sentence, according to the tenor & course of their seueral sentence, which ye may read before in master Rogers storie.

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MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of Iohn Harpole, and Ioane Beach, at Rochester An. 1556. Aprill. 1.And thus these ij. Christian Martyrs coupled in one confession, being condemned by the bishop, suffered together at one fire, in the towne of Rochester, where they together ended their liues about the first day of this present moneth of Aprill.

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Iohn Hullyer Minister and Martyr. 
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John Hullier

All the 1563 edition does is to state that Hullier was burned in Cambridge about 2 April 1556. This brief introduction to Hullier's letters shows that by the time the 1570 edition was being printed, Foxe had acquired no firther information on Hullier's life and death. Eventually he would acquire such information, which came from witnesses to Hullier's execution (see 1570, pp. 2196-7; 1576, and 1583, p. 2004).

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Cattley/Pratt, VIII, Appendix: ref page 131, line 10

More is told of Hullier afterwards... In the first Edition, p. 1513, Foxe erroneously dates the martyrdom of Hullier subsequent to that of Tyms: "About this time, after the burning of these 6 above named;" but adds soon after, "About the second of Aprill he suffered martyrdom" - correctly, for {later in this edition} he is said to have suffered on Maunday Thursday, which fell on April 2nd, in the year 1556. (See Nicolas's Tables.)

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MarginaliaIohn Hullier, Martyr.NExte after these ensueth the Martyrdome of Iohn Hullyer, Minister, who first being brought vp in the Schoole of Eaton, was afterwarde Scholler, and then Conducte in the Kings Colledge at Cambridge, and in the same Vniuersitie of Cambridge, suffered vnder Doctour Thurlby Bishop of Elye, and hys Chauncelloure, for the syncere setting out of the lyght of Gods gracious Gospell reuealed in these oure dayes. In whose behalfe thys is to be lamented, that among so many fresh wittes and stirring pennes in that Vniuersitie, so little matter is leaft vnto vs, touching the processe of his iudgement, and order of hys suffering, whych so innocently gaue hys lyfe in suche a cause, among the middest of them. 

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Shortly after this appeal was written, and before it was even printed, Foxe did receive an account of Hullier's martyrdom apparently gathered by none other than one of Cambridge's most famous scholars, William Fulke (see 1570, pp. 2196-7; 1576, and 1583, p. 2004).

By certayne letters whych hee hym selfe leafte behinde him, it appeareth, that hee was zealous and earnest in that doctrine of truthe, whych euerye true Christian man oughte to embrace. MarginaliaThe Martyrdome of Iohn Hullier minister who suffred at Cambridge. Anno 1556. Aprill. 2.His Martyrdome was about the second day of this present moneth of Aprill.

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¶ Letters of M. Iohn Hullier Minister. 
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Hullier's Letters

Hullier's second letter and his prayer first appeared in the Rerum (pp. 538-42). His first letter was first printed in Letters of the Martyrs (pp. 517-22). In the 1570 edition, both of his letters were reprinted but his prayer was deleted. No further changes were made to this material in subsequent editions. A letter of Hullier to his Cambridge congregation, which was never printed by Foxe or Bull, is ECL 260, fos. 153r-156v.

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A Letter of Iohn Hullier to the Christian congregation, exhorting them faithfully to abide in the doctrine of the Lord. 
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This letter was first printed in Letters of the Martyrs, pp. 517-22. Incomplete manuscript copies survive in Foxe's papers: ECL 260, fos. 157r-159v, 173r-v and 207r-v.

MarginaliaA letter exhortatory of Iohn Huller to the flocke of the faythfull Christians.IT standeth now most in hand (O deare Christians) all them þt looke to bee accounted of Christes flocke at that great and terrible day, when a separation shalbe made of that sort that shalbe receiued, from the other which shalbe refused, faithfully in this time of great afflictions, to heare our master Christes voice, the only true shepheard of our soules, whych sayeth: Who so euer shall endure to the ende, shall be safe. MarginaliaMath. 24.For euen nowe is that great trouble in hande (as heere in England we may wel see) that our Sauiour Christ spake off so long before, which shoulde followe the true and sincere preachinge of his Gospell. Therefore in thys time wee must needes eyther shewe that wee be hys faithfull Souldiours, and continue in hys battaile vnto the ende, putting on the armoure of God, the buckler of faith, the brest plate of loue, the helmet of hope and saluation, and the sworde of his holy woorde (whiche wee haue heard plentifully) wyth all instaunce of supplication and prayer: MarginaliaEphe. 6.or els if we do not woorke and labour with these, we are Apostataes and false souldiours, shrinking moste vnthankefully from our gracious and soueraigne Lorde and Captaine Christe, and leaning to Beliall. Marginalia1. Thessi 5.For as hee sayeth plainely: Who so euer beareth not my crosse and foloweth me, he can not be my disciple: MarginaliaLuke. 14.And, no man can serue two maisters: for either he must hate the one, and loue the other, or els he shall leane to the one, and despise the other. MarginaliaMath. 6.The which thing the faithfull Prophete Helias signified when hee came to the people, and sayde: Why halte yee betweene two opinions? If the Lorde be God, followe hym, or if Baal be hee, then folowe him. Marginalia3. Reg. 18.

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Nowe let vs not thinke, but that the same was recorded in wryting for oure instruction, whome the endes of the worlde are come vppon, as the Apostle Saint Paule sayeth: What so euer thyngs are wrytten aforehande, they are wrytten for our learning. MarginaliaRom. 15.If Christe be that onely good and

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