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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Giles Brackleman

(d. 1565)

Giles Brackleman was a Ghent (Gand) burgomeister who examined the protestant Willem de Wever and died shortly after the latter's execution by burning (1570, p. 2308, 1576, p. 1997, 1583, p. 2108).

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Quene Mary. Gods punishment vpon persecutors, and contemners of the Gospell.

MarginaliaAnno 1558.neare hym. Hereof read also in the same page and place aboue specified.

MarginaliaThe Lord of Reuest plagued.Such a like persecutor also the same tyme was the lord of Reuest, who likewise escaped not the reuenging hand of Gods iustice being striken after his furious persecution, with a like horrible sicknes, and such a furie and madnesse, that none durst come neare him, and so most wretchedly died. Whereof read before, pag. 943.

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MarginaliaIohn Martin plagued.Touching the like grieuous punishment of God vpō one Iohn Martin a persecutor, read pag. 955.

MarginaliaErasm: in Epistola Apologetica. De vtili. Coloquior.Erasmus in an Epistle or Apologie written in defence of his Colloquies, inferreth mention of a certayne noble person of great riches and possessions, who hauyng wyfe and children, with a great familie at home (to whom by S. Pauls rule he was bound in conscience principally aboue all other worldly thyngs to attend) had purposed before his death to go see Ierusalem. MarginaliaGods punishment vpon a noble gentleman in going a pilgrimage.And thus all thyngs beyng set in order, this Noble man about to set foreward on his iourny, committed the care of his wife (whom he left great with childe) and of his Lordshippes and Castles to an Archbishop, as to a most sure and trusty father. To make short, it happened in the iourney, this Noble man to dye. Whereof, so soone as the Archbishop had intelligence, in stead of a father, he became a thiefe and robber, seising into his owne handes all his Lordshippes and possessions. And moreouer, not yet contented with all this, he layed siege agaynst a strong fort of his (vnto the which his wife for safegard of her selfe did flee) where in conclusion, shee with the child that she went withall, pitifully was slaine, and so miserably perished. Which story was done (as testifieth Erasmus) not so long before his tyme, but þt there remayned the nephews of the said Noble man then aliue, to whom the same inheritance should haue fallen, but they could not obtaine it.

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MarginaliaAdmonition.What commeth of blynd superstition, when a mā not conteining himselfe within the compasse of Gods worde, wandereth in other bywayes of his owne, and not contented with the religion set vp of the Lord, wyll binde his conscience to other ordinaunces, prescriptions, and religions deuised by men, leauyng Gods commaundements vndone for the constitutions and preceptes of men, MarginaliaFalse deuotion a perylous thing.what ende and reward (I say) commeth thereof at length, by this one example, beside infinite other of the like sort, men may learne by experience: MarginaliaAgaynst Idolatrous pilgrimage.and therefore they that yet will defend Idolatrous pilgrimage and rash vowes, let them well consider hereof. It is rightly sayd of saint Hierome, to haue bene at Hierusalem, is no great matter, but to lyue a godly and vertuous lyfe, that is a great matter in very deede.

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MarginaliaA wonderfull example of Gods iudgment at Gaunt. Anno. 1565.In the yeare of our Lord, 1565. there was in the town of Gaunt in Flanders, one William de Weuer, accused & imprisoned by the Prouost of S. Peters in Gaunt (who had in his Cloister a prison and a place of execution) and the day when the sayd William was called to the place of iudgement, the Prouost sent for M. Gyles Brackleman, principall aduocate of the Counsaile of Flaunders, & Borough maister and Iudge of S. Peters in Gaunt, wyth other of the rulers of the towne of Gaunt, to sit in iudgement vpon hym, and as they sate in iudgement, the Borough maister named M. Gyles Brackleman reasoned with the sayd William de Weuer, vpon diuers articles of his fayth.

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MarginaliaThree causes why Saintes are not to be prayed vnto.The one whereof was, why the sayd William de Weuer denied that it was not lawfull to pray to Saintes: and he aunswered (as the report goeth) for three causes. The one was, that they were but creatures, and not the creator.

The second was, that if he should call vpon them, the Lord did both see it, and heare it, & therefore he durst geue the glory to none other, but to God.

The third and chiefest cause was, that the creator had commaunded in his holy word, to call vpon him in troubles: vnto which commaundement he durst neither adde nor take from it.

The Borough maister M. Gyles Brackelman also demaunded whethere he did not beleeue that there was a Purgatory which he should go into after this lyfe, where euery one should be purified and cleansed.

MarginaliaPurgatory denyed.He aunswered, that he had red ouer the whole Bible, and could finde no such place, but that the death of Christ was his Purgatory, with many other questions proceedyng after their order, vntill hee came to pronounce hys condemnation. But or euer the sayd condemnation was red foorth, the iudgement of God was laid vpon the sayd

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Borough maister, MarginaliaThe iudgement of God vpon Giles Brakelman the borough Maister.who sodainly at that present instaunt was striken with a Palsey, that his mouth was drawen vp almost to his eare, and so hee fell downe, the rest of the Lordes by and by standing vp and shadowyng him, that the people coulde not well see hym: and also the people were willed to depart, who beyng still called vpon to depart, aunswered, the place was so small to go out, that they could goe no faster. Then the Borough maister beyng taken vp, was caried tohis house, and it is not yet vnderstood nor commonly knowen, that euer he spake word after he was first striken, but was openly knowen to bee dead the next day followyng. MarginaliaWilliam de Weuer Martyr, burnt at Gaunt. Anno. 1565.And yet notwithstandyng that this was done about tenne of the clocke, they burned the sayd William de Weuer within three houres after on the same day.

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MarginaliaAn other terrible example of Gods iudgment agaynst Syr Garret Trieste gentleman and then Alderman of Gaunt, a persecutour. Anno. 1566.The 4. day of March, 1566. the lyke example of the Lordes terrible iudgement was shewed vpon sir Garret Triest knight, who had long before promised to the Regent to bring downe the preachyng. For the which act (as the report goeth) the Regent agayne promised to make hym a Graue, which is an Erle. Of the which sir Garret it is also said, that he commyng from Bruxels towardes Gaunt, brought with him the death of the Preachers, and beyng come to Gaunt, the sayde sir Garret with other of the Lordes hauyng receiued from the Regent a Commission to sweare the Lordes and Commons vnto the Romish Religion, the sayd sir Garret the 4. day of March aboue noted, at night beyng at supper, willed the Lady his wyfe to call hym in the mornyng one houre sooner then he was accustomed to ryse, for that hee should the nexte day haue much businesse to doe in the towne house, to sweare the Lordes and people to the Romish Religion. But see what happened. The sayd sir Garret goyng to bedde, in good health (as it seemed) when the Lady his wife called him in the mornyng, accordyng to his appoyntment, was found dead in her bedde by her, and so vnable to prosecute his wicked purpose.

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The fift day of March, 1566. which was the day that Sir Garret Triest appoynted to be there, and the Lords of Gaunt were come into the Towne house (as they had afore appoynted) to proceed and to geue the othe, accordyng as they had their Commission, and MarginaliaAn other example of Gods iudgement vpō Marten de Pester one of the principall Secretaryes of Gaunt. Anno. 1566.Maister Martin de Pester the Secretary, beyng appoynted and about to geue the othe as the first man should haue sworne, the sayd Martine de Pester was stricken of God with present death likewyse, and fell downe, and was caried away in a chaire or settell, and neuer spake after. Witnes hereunto: MarginaliaThese men of Gaunt are witnesses hereof.

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Peter de Bellemaker
Abraham Rossart.
Maerke de Mill.
Lieuen Hendrickx.
Ian Coucke.
Roger Vanhulle.
Ioys Neuehans.
Lyauin Neuehans.
Wil. vanden Boegarde.
Ioys de Pitte.

MarginaliaA story of a tame deuil coniured in an Abbey in Sueuia.About the borders of Sueuia in Germany, not farre from the Citie of Vberlyng, there was a certayne Monastery of Cistercian Monkes, called Salmesuille,  

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Cattley/Pratt, VIII, 655, fn 1

"Salmesville," or Salamonis villa, hod. Salmansweyler. - ED.

founded in the dayes of Pope Innocent. 2. by a noble Baron named Guntherame, about the yeare of our Lord, 1130.  
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Cattley/Pratt, VIII, 655, fn 2

Or rather A. D. 1134; see Playfair's Geog. vol. iv. p. 221. - ED.

This Celle thus beyng erected, in processe of tyme was enlarged with more ample possessions, findyng manye and great benefactoures and endowers, liberally contributyng vnto the same: as Emperours, Dukes, and rich Barons.

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Amongest whome most especiall were the Earles of Montforte, who had bestowed vpon that monastery many new liberties and great priuiledges, vpon this condition, that they shoulde receiue with free hospitalitie any stranger both horseman or footeman, for one nightes lodging, who so euer came. MarginaliaA subtill deuise of the Monkes to fray away their gestes.But this hospitalitie did not long so continue, through a subtile and diuelish deuise of one of the Monkes, who tooke vpon hym to counterfeite to play the part of the Deuill, ratling and raging in his chaynes, where the straungers should lie, after a terrible maner in the night tyme to fray away the gestes: by reason wherof no stranger nor traueller durst there abide, and so continued this a long space.

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At length (as God would) it so happened, that one of the Earles of the sayde house of Mountforte, benefactours to that Abbey, commyng to the Monastery, was there lodged, whether of set purpose, or by chance, it is not knowen.

When the night came, and the Earle was at hys rest, the Monke after his woonted maner beginneth his pageant, to play the tame, yea rather the wylde Deuill. There was stampyng, rappyng, spittyng of fire, roring, thunde-

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