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. Edmund Allen10. Alice Benden and other martyrs11. Examinations of Matthew Plaise12. Richard Woodman and nine other martyrs13. Ambrose14. Richard Lush15. 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. The Final Five Martyrs49. John Hunt and Richard White50. John Fetty51. Nicholas Burton52. John Fronton53. Another Martyrdom in Spain54. Baker and Burgate55. Burges and Hoker56. The Scourged: Introduction57. Richard Wilmot and Thomas Fairfax58. Thomas Greene59. Bartlett Greene and Cotton60. Steven Cotton's Letter61. James Harris62. Robert Williams63. Bonner's Beating of Boys64. A Beggar of Salisbury65. Providences: Introduction66. The Miraculously Preserved67. William Living68. Edward Grew69. William Browne70. Elizabeth Young71. Elizabeth Lawson72. Christenmas and Wattes73. John Glover74. Dabney75. Alexander Wimshurst76. Bosom's wife77. Lady Knevet78. John Davis79. Mistress Roberts80. Anne Lacy81. Crosman's wife82. Congregation at Stoke in Suffolk83. Congregation of London84. Englishmen at Calais85. Edward Benet86. Jeffrey Hurst87. William Wood88. Simon Grinaeus89. The Duchess of Suffolk90. Thomas Horton 91. Thomas Sprat92. John Cornet93. Thomas Bryce94. Gertrude Crockhey95. William Mauldon96. Robert Horneby97. Mistress Sandes98. Thomas Rose99. Troubles of Sandes100. Complaint against the Ipswich Gospellers101. Tome 6 Life and Preservation of the Lady Elizabeth102. The Unprosperous Queen Mary103. Punishments of Persecutors104. Foreign Examples105. A Letter to Henry II of France106. The Death of Henry II and others107. Justice Nine-Holes108. John Whiteman109. Admonition to the Reader110. Hales' Oration111. The Westminster Conference112. Appendix notes113. Ridley's Treatise114. Back to the Appendix notes115. Thomas Hitton116. John Melvyn's Letter117. Alcocke's Epistles118. Cautions to the Reader119. Those Burnt at Bristol: extra material120. Priest's Wife of Exeter121. Snel122. Laremouth123. William Hunter's Letter124. Doctor Story125. The French Massacre
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Queene Mary. 22. prisoners brought vp to London. Their trouble and confeßion.

MarginaliaAnno 1557. March. MarginaliaThe maner how these 22. prisoners were brought vp from Colchester to London by 3. keepers.¶ The Picture of xxij. godly and faythfull Christians, apprehended about Colchester, prisoned together in one band, and so with three leaders at the most, brought vp to London.
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The scene of 22 prisoners being driven, so like so many sheep or cattle, to walk the 60 miles from Colchester to London, was one of the martyrologist's plentiful illustrations of Bishop Bonner's cruelty. In this case it is given a quite specific biblical context. Chapter 10 of Matthew, verse 18 of which is inscribed in the print, speaks of persecution in just such terms; verse 16 warns 'Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves' (which in the Geneva version is annotated 'You shall be in great danger'). The fifteen prisoners, old and young, seen here roped together and hemmed in by two mounted guards and two pikemen, trudge obediently between their warders, bearing their few possessions, in one case what looks like a book. Above, a sinister face looks out from the dark opening of the window. And one young woman, turning sideways, seems to look directly at the viewer.

betweene x. and a xi. of the clocke before they would come, and no waye woulde they take, but through Cheapside, so that they were brought to my house with about a thousande Persons. Which thing I tooke very strange and spake to sir Iohn Gressam then being with me, to tell the Mayor and the Sheriffes that thys thing was not well suffered in the City. These naughty hereticks all the way they came through Cheapside both exhorted the people to their part, and had much comfort à promiscua plebe, 

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Bonner in a letter to Poole
Foxe text Latin

a promiscua plebe

Foxe text translation

Not translated.

Translation (Wade 2004)

from the common people

and being entred into my house and talked withall, they shewed thēselues desperate and very obstinate, yet I vsed al the honest meanes I could both by my self and other to haue wonne them, causing diuers learned men to talke with them: and finding nothing in them but pride and wilfulnes, I thought to haue had them all hether to Fulham, and here to geue sentence agaynst them. Neuerthelesse perceiuing by my last doing that your grace was offended, I thought it my duetie before I any thing further proceded herein, to aduertise first your grace hereof, and knowe your good pleasure, whiche I beseeche your grace I may doe by thys trusty bearer. And thus most humblye I take my leaue of youre good grace, beseeching almighty God alwayes to preserue the same, At Fulllam, postridie Natiu. 1556.

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Your graces most bounden Bedesman
and seruaunt, Edmond Boner.

By this letter of Bishop Boner to the Cardinall, is to be vnderstand, what good will was in this Bish. to haue the bloud of these men, and to haue past wt sentence of condemnation agaynst them, had not the Cardinal somwhat (as it seemed) haue stayed his feruent headines. 

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Foxe had his own copies of these letters: BL, Harley MS 417, fos. 49r-68v and 69r-78v.

MarginaliaB. Boners crueltye somewhat stayed by the Cardinall. Concerning the which Cardinal, although it cannot be denyed by his Actes and writings, but that he was a professed enemy, and no otherwise to be reputed but for a papist: yet agayne it is to be supposed, MarginaliaCardinall Poole a Papist, but no bloudy Papist.that he was none of the bloudy & cruell sort of papistes, as may appeare not only by staying the rage of this Byshop: but also by his solicitous writing, and long letters written to Cranmer, 
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Petyt MS 538/46, fos. 391r-426v.

also by þe complaintes of certayne papistes, accusing to the Pope to bee a bearer with the heretickes, & by the popes letters sent to him vpon the same, calling him vp to Rome, & setting Fryer Peto in his place, had not Q. Mary by special entreaty haue kept him out of the popes danger. All whiche letters I haue (if neede be) to shewe:  
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Petyt MS 538/46, fos. 391r-426v.

besides also that it is thought of him that toward his latter end a little before his comming from Rome to England, he begā somwhat to fauour the doctrine of Luther, and was no lesse

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MarginaliaCardin Poole halfe suspected for a Lutheran at Rome.suspected at Rome: Yea & furthermore did there at Rome conuert a certayne learned Spanyarde from papisme to Luthers side: not withstanding the pompe and glory of the world afterward caryed him away to play the papist thus as he did. But of this Cardinall enough.

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To returne now to this godly company agayne, first how they were brought vp in bandes to London, ye haue heard: Also how Boner was about to haue red the Sentence of death vpon them, & how he was stayed by þe Cardinall ye vnderstand. As touching their confession, which they articled vp in writing, it were to tedious to recite the whole at length. Briefly touching the article of the Lords Supper (for the whiche they were chieflye troubled) thus they wrote, as here followeth.

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The supper of the Lord.

MarginaliaTheir opinion and iudgement of the Lords Supper.WHeras Christ at his last supper, took bread, & whē he had geuē thanks he brake it & gaue it to hys disciples and sayd: take, eate, this is my body: & likewise tooke the cup and thanked. &c. We do vnderstand it to be a figuratiue speache, as the most maner of his language was in parrables & darke sentences, MarginaliaChristes language to speake in parables. that they which are carnally minded, should see with their eyes, and not perceiue, and heare with their eares & not vnderstand, signifying this, that as he did breake the breade among them, being but one loafe, & they al were partakers thereof, so we through his body, in that it was broken, and offered vpon þe crosse for vs, are all partakers thereof, and his bloud clenseth vs from our sinnes, & hath pacified Gods wrath towards vs and made the attonement betwene God & vs, if we walke henceforth in the light euen as he is the true light.

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And in that he sayd further, do this in the remembrance of me, it is a memoriall and token of the suffering & death of Iesu Christ; and he commaunded it for this cause, MarginaliaThe cause why the bread and cup was geuen in the Supper.that þe congregatiō of Christ should come together to shew his death, and to thanke and laud him for all his benefites, & magnifye his holy name, & so to breake the bread & drinke the wine, in remembrance that Christ had geuen his body and shed his bloud for vs.

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Thus you may well perceiue, though Christe called þe bread his body, & the wine his bloud, yet it followeth not, that the substaunce of his body shoulde be in the bread and wine: as diuers places in Scripture are spoken by Christ and the Apostles in lyke phrase of speach, as in Iohn. 15. I am the true vine, also in Iohn the. 10. I am the doore, and as

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