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The Image of Antichrist, exalting him selfe in the Temple of God.

gēces, consessionals, indultes and rescriptes, testamēts, dispensatiōs, priuilegies, elections, prebends, religious houses, and such like, which come to no small masse of money? In somuch that for one palle to the Archbishop of Mentz, whiche was wont to be geuen for x. thousand 218. Marginalia218. Ex lib. Gra. nominū nationis Germanicæ. Aboue fiftie byshopprickes in Germany. Aeneas Syluius. florence, now it is growne to xxvij. thousand florence which I receaued of Iacobus the Archbishop not long be fore Basill Councell: Besides the fruites of other Bishoprickes in Germanye, comming to the number of fiftie, whereby what vauntage commeth to my coffers, it may partly be coniectured. But what should I speake of Germany, 219. Marginalia219. Sex Decret. De penis. cap. Felicis in Glosa. when the whole worlde is my Diocesse, as my MarginaliaItē De priuilegijs c. Autoritatē in Glosa.Canonistes do say, and all men are bound to beleue. 220. Marginalia220. Pope Bonifacius 8. Ext. De Maio. & obed. c. Vnam sanctam. except they will imagine (as the Manichies doe) two beginninges, which is false and hereticall. For Moses saith: In the beginning God made heauen and earth, and not in the beginninges. 221. Marginalia221. Ibid. Wherefore as I begon, so I conclude, commanding declaring and pronouncing, to stand vpon necessitie of saluation, for euery humaine creature to be subiect to mee.

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¶ The end of the first Volume of the Booke of Martyrs.

A liuely picture describing the weight and substaunce of Gods most blessed word agaynst the doctrines and vanities of mans traditions.
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The image of Justice reaching judgement with a pair of scales was an ancient formula that was readily adapted to Reformation issues. The woodcut depicting Justice demonstrating the weight of 'Verbum Dei' over the book of papal Decretals made its first appearance in the Acts and Monuments in 1576, when it was placed as the closing image of the first half of the work. It had first appeared three years earlier on the last page of Foxe's edition of The Whole Works of Tyndale, Frith and Barnes, printed by Day in 1573. The illustration appears to have been inspired by Foxe himself, who described in 1570 an image of a balance, weighing on one side 'books condemned'; and on the other 'books allowed'. The scales of justice were applied to the contrasting worlds of evangelists whose lived by the word alone, untramelled and themselves not weighted down by the opposing popish apparatus of rosaries and pardons and agnus dei and crosses and croziers. Those who stand thus liberated at Justice's right hand occupy a light and spacious world, thanks to the spiritual freedom they have found. They and their church on the distant hill prove their liberation at the hand of Justice, blindfold, impartial, and impervious to devilish antics: 'Gods holy truth...against manifest idolatry', as Foxe himself put it.

Printed by Iohn Daye, dwelling ouer Aldersgate beneath Sainct Martins.
Anno. 1583.
Cum gratia & Priuilegio Regiæ Maiestatis.
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