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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Agnes Silverside
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Agnes Silverside

(b. 1497?)

Martyr. Widow of a priest called Thomas Silverside (second husband). Her first husband was probably William Downes who had died by 1517 (see Laquita Higgs, Godliness and Governance in Tudor Colchester (Michigan, 1998), p. 181.) Of Colchester.

Agnes Silverside was imprisoned in the Mote-hall in Colchester. 1563, p. 1607, 1570, p. 2202, 1576, p. 1899, 1583, p. 2007.

John Boswell wrote in his account of her deposition that she was an obstinate heretic who was willing to burn her rotten old bones. 1563, p. 1607, 1570, p. 2202, 1576, p. 1899, 1583, p. 2007.

She was examined before Chedsey, John Kingston, John Boswell, the two bailiffs of Colchester (Robert Brown and Robert Mainard) and several others on 23 June 1557. 1563, p. 1610, 1570, p. 2202, 1576, p. 1900, 1583, p. 2008.

She was burned by the town wall in Colchester on 2 August 1557. 1563, p. 1610, 1570, p. 2202, 1576, p. 1899, 1583, p. 2007.

John Allerton insisted that Agnes Silverside was not a heretic. 1570, p. 2211, 1576, p. 1908, 1583, p. 2016.

John Allerton wrote a letter to Agnes Smith, widow. 1563, pp. 1627-28, 1570, p. 2212, 1576, p. 1909, 1583, p. 2017.

[Alias Smith or May.]

2041 [2017]

Queene Mary. The examination of Rafe Allerton Martyr, with sundry of his letters.

MarginaliaAnno 1556. September.swasions had taken effecte in manye: And farther, that the saide Rafe Allerton (þe Curate asking him whether he had instructed thys Laurence Edwardes that it was agaynst Gods commandement to enter into the church) casting abroad his hands, should say. Oh good people, now is fulfilled the saying of the godly Priest and Prophet Esdras, who sayeth: Marginalia4. Esdr. 16.The fire of a multitude is kindled against a fewe: they haue taken away their houses, & spoiled their goods. &c. Which of you all haue not seen this day, who is he here amongest you, that seeth not all these things done vpon vs this day. The church which they call vs vnto, is þe church of Antichrist, a persecuting church, and the church malignant. With these and many mo words (said they most maliciously and falsly) alledged out of the Scriptures, he thus perswaded a great multitude there present (as muche as in him lay) vnto disobedience. For the which cause þe constables did then apprehend him.

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3. Item, thou Rafe Allerton canst not denie, but that the letter sent vnto me by my Lorde Darcie, beginning wyth these woordes (pleaseth it your Lordship. &c.) was thine owne letter, and was subscribed by thine owne hand.

The contents of the letter mentioned in this Article, and wrytten by Allerton, vnto the Lorde Darcie, was a confession of his demeanor before his first apprehension: the effect and purport whereof because it appeareth in the beginning of this his Historie, I doe heere omit.

4. Item, thou Rafe Allerton canst not deny, but that the other letter, sent also to me from my said Lord Darcy, beginnng thus (pleaseth it youre Lordship. &c.) and ending with these woordes (whensoeuer it be) is thine owne very letter, and subscribed with thine owne hand.

This was also an other letter wrytten by hym vnto the Lorde Darcie, the contents whereof were, that where the said Lorde had commaunded him to declare where he had bene euer sithens Whitsontide last before hys first apprehension, this was to certifie his Lordship, that he was not able so to do, otherwise then as he had already shewed him by his former letters. And moreouer, where as hee charged him to haue read vnto the people abroade in the woodes, he certified him that he did neuer read any thyng abroad, sauing once whē he was in the cōpany of George Eagles and others, Richarde Roth tooke a wryting out of his bosome, and desired the saide Rafe to read it, which request hee then accomplished: and demaunding of hym whose doing the same was, the said Roth told that it was maister Cranmers, late Archbishop of Canterburie: and farther he could not shew him. Neuertheles he was ready, and willing to suffer such punishment as his lordship should thinke meete, desiring yet that the same myghte be with fauour and mercye, although hee feared neither punishment nor death, praying the Lord, that it might be in his feare, when soeuer it should be.

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8. Item, thou Rafe Allerton canst not denie, but that the letters wrytten with bloud, beginning with these words (Grace, mercy and peace. &c. and ending thus.) Farewell in God) remaining nowe Registred in the Actes of thys Court, were wrytten voluntarily with thine owne hand.

He wrote this letter in the prison with bloud for lacke of other inke, and did meane to send the same vnto Agnes Smith, alias Siluerside, 

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On Agnes Smith (or Silverside), see 1563, pp. 1607-08.

at that time imprisoned, and afterwardes burned at Colchester for the testimonie of the Gospell of Christe, as before is mencioned. The Copie of which letter heere ensueth.

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A letter wrytten by Rafe Allerton, vnto Agnes Smith, Widowe.

MarginaliaA letter of Rafe Allerton.GRace, mercy, and peace from God the father, and from our Lord Iesus Christ, with the assistance of Gods holy spirite, and the aboundant health both of soule and body, I wish vnto you, as to mine owne soule, as GOD knoweth, who is the searcher of all secretes.

Forasmuch as it hath pleased almighty God of his infinite mercy, to call me to the state of grace, to suffer Martyrdom for Iesus Christes sake, although heretofore I haue most negligētly dalied therwith, and therfore farre vnwoorthy I am of suche an high benefite, to be crowned with the moste ioyfull crowne of Martyrdom: neuertheles it hath pleased God not so to leaue me, but hath raised mee vp againe according to his promyse, which sayeth: MarginaliaPsal 37.Although he fall, yet shall he not be hurt: For the Lord vpholdeth him with his hand. Wherby we perceiue Gods election to be most sure: for vndoubtedly hee will preserue all those that are appoynted to die. And as he hath begonne thys worke in me: euen so do I beleeue that he wil finish the same, to his great glory, and to my wealth, through Iesus Christ. Sobeit.

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Dearly beloued sister (I am cōstrained so to cal you because of your constante faith and loue vnfained) consider, that if we

be the true seruaunts of Christ, then maye not we in anye wise make agreement with his enemie Antichrist. For there is no cōcorde nor agreement betweene them sayth the Scriptures, and a man can not serue two maisters, sayeth Christ. And also, it is prefigured vnto vs in the olde lawe, whereas the people of God were most straitly commaunded that they shoulde not mingle themselues with the vngodly heathen, and were also forbiddē to eate, drinke, or to marrye with them. For as often as they did either marrye vnto their sonnes, or take their daughters vnto them, or to their sonnes, euen so oft came the great and heauye wrath of God vpon his owne people, to ouerthrow both them and all their Cities, with the holy Sāctuarie of God: & brought in straunge Princes to raigne ouer them, and wicked rulers to gouerne them, so that they were sure of hunger, sworde, pestilence, and wilde beastes to deuour them. Which plagues neuer ceased, vntill the good people of God were cleane separated frō the wicked idolatrous people.

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Oh dearely beloued, this was wrytten for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might haue hope. And is it not in like case happened now in this Realme of England? For now are the people of god had in derision, & troden vnder foote, and the Cities, Townes, and houses wher they dwelt, are inhabited with them that haue no right therunto, & the true owners are spoiled of their labours: yea, and the holye sanctuarie of Gods most blessed word, is laid desolate and wast, so that the very Foxes run ouer it. &c. yet it is the foode of oure soules, the lanterne of our feete, and the lighte vnto our pathes: and where it is not preached, the people perish. But the Prophet sayeth: MarginaliaEsay. 59.hee that refraineth himselfe from euill, must be spoyled. Why should we then be abashed to be spoiled, seeing that it is tolde vs before, that it must so happen vnto them that refrayne from euill? And thus I bid you farewell in God.

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Item, thou Rafe Allerton canst not denie, but that the letters wrytten with bloud, beginning with these woords in the ouer part thereof. (The angell of God. &c.) and ending thus (be with you, Amen) and hauing also this postscript (do ye suppose that our brethrē. &c.) remaining now registred in the actes of this Court, are thine owne hande wryting.

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9. For the better vnderstanding of this Article, I haue also here inserted the Copie of the Letter mentioned in the same: which letter he wrote (by his owne confession) vnto Richard Roth, then in danger of the subtill snares of that bloudy wolfe Boner.

A Letter wrytten by Rafe Allerton vnto Richard Roth, his fellowe Martyr.

MarginaliaA letter of Rafe Allerton.THe Angell of God pitch his tent about vs, and defend vs in all our waies. Amen. Amen.

O deare brother, I pray for you, for I heare say that you haue ben diuers times before my Lorde in examination. Wherefore take heede for Gods sake what the wise man teacheth you, and shrinke not away when you are entised to confesse an vntruthe, for hope of life, but be ready alwaies to geue an answere of the hope that is in you. For whosoeuer confesseth Christe before men, him will Christ also confesse before his father. But hee that is ashamed to confesse him before men, shall haue his rewarde with them that doe deny him. And therefore deare brother goe forward: ye haue a ready way, so fair as euer had any of the Prophets or Apostles, or the rest of our brethren, the holy Martyrs of God. Therefore couet to go hence with the multitude while the way is full. Also deare brother vnderstande that I haue seene your letter, and although I cannot read it perfectly, yet I partly perceiue your meaning therein, and very gladly 

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I woulde copie it out, with certaine comfortable additions therunto annexed. The which as yet will not be brought to passe for lacke of paper, vntil my Lord be gone from hence, and then your request shalbe accomplished, God willing without delay. Thus fare ye well in God. Our deare brother and fellowe in tribulation, Robert Allen saluteth you, and the fellowship of the holye ghost be wyth you, Amen.

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Rafe Allerton.

MarginaliaPost scriptum.Doe ye suppose that our brethren and sisterne are not yet
vdispatched out of this world? I thinke that eyther they are
dead, or shalbe within these two daies.

And for the other Obiection yet remaining, and not specified, if it were not more somewhat to shewe the follie of those bloudy tyrants (which of so small trifles take occasions to quarel with the Sainctes of God) then for any weighty thing therein contained: I woulde neither trouble you with þe reading therof, nor yet my selfe with wryting. But that yee may iudge of them as their doings doe geue occasion, I will now proceede in the matter.

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