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K. Henry. 8. Prophesies going before Doctor Martin Luther.

began to be espied, and ignoraunce to be detected, trueth from errour, religion from superstition to be discerned as is aboue more largely discoursed, where was touched the inuenting of printing. MarginaliaVid. supra. pag. 707.pag. 707.

Furthermore, after these wittes styrred vp of God, folowed other more, increasing dayly more and more in science, in tongues, and perfection of knowledge: who now were able, not onely to discerne in matters of iudgement but also were so armed and furnished with þe helpe of good letters that they did encounter also with the aduersary, sustayning the cause & defence of learning against barbaritie of veritie, against errour: of true religion, against superstition. In number of whom, amongest many other here vnnamed were, Picus, and Franciscus Mirandula, 

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This was one person, Giovanni Francisco Pico della Mirandola, the celebrated humanist.

Laur. Valla, Franc. Perarcha. Doct. Wesalianus, Reuelinus, Grocinus, Coletus Rhenamus, 
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I.e., Beatus Rhenanus, the German humanist and antiquarian. He initially favoured Luther, especially on the issues of indulgence and auricular confession, but he became disenchanted with his radical rejection of traditional theology.

Erasmus. &c. And here began the first pushe and assault to be geuen against the ignoraunt & barbarous faction of the popes pretensed Churche. Who after that by their learned writinges and laborious trauaile, they had opened a window of light vnto the worlde, and had made (as it were) a way more ready for other to come after: Immediately, according to Gods gracious appointment, folowed Martine Luther, with other after him, by whose ministery it pleased the Lorde to worke a more full reformation of his churche, as by their actes and proceedinges hereafter shall followe (Christ willing) more amply to be declared.

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And now comming to the tyme and storye of Martine Luther, whom the Lord did ordayne and appoint to be the principall organe and minister vnder him, to reforme religion and to subuert the sea of the pope, first before we enter into the tractation hereof, it shall not be impertinent to þe purpose, to inferre such prophecies and forewarninges, as were sent before of God, by diuers and sundry good men, long before the time of Luther, which foretold and prophecied of this reformation of the Church to come.

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Prophecies going before Martine Luther.

And first, to begin 

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The following extracts from the writings of Jan Hus are taken from the two volume compendium of Hus's works, edited by Mathias Flacius, Ioannis Hus et Hieronymi Pragensis confessorum Christi historia et monimenta (Nuremburg, 1558), I, fos. 71r-71v, 72v and 418.

with the prophecie of Iohn Husse, and Hierom, it is both notable, and also before mentioned what the sayd Iohn Husse at the time of his burning, prophecied vnto his enemies, saying: MarginaliaThe prophesie of Iohn Hus, touching the reformation of the church.that after an hundreth yeares come and gone, they should geue accounte to God and to to him.

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¶ Where is to be noted, that counting from the yeare 1415. (in the which yeare Iohn Hus was burned) or from the yeare 2416. when Hierome did suffer) vnto the yeare, 1516, (when Martine Luther began first to write) we shal finde the number of an hundereth yeares expyred.

Likewise, to this may be adioyned the propheticall vision or dreame, which chaunced to the sayd Iohn Hus lying in the dungeon of the friers of Constance, a litle before he was burned, His dreame as he himselfe reporteth it in his Epistles writing to M. Iohn Chlum, and as I haue also before recorded the same pag. 630. MarginaliaAn other prophesie of I. Hus, touching the reformation of the church. Vid. supra. 630. so will I nowe repeate the same agayne in like effect of wordes, as he wrote it himselfe in Latine: the effect of which latine is this.

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I praye you expounde to me the dreame whiche I hadthis night. I sawe þt in my church at Betheleme (whereof I was person) they desired and laboured to abolish all the images of Christ, and did abolish them. I the next day following, rose vp & say many other paynters, which painted both the same and manye more images, and more fayrer, which I was glad to behold: wherupon the painters with the great multitude of people said: Now let the Byshops and priestes come, and put vs out these images if they cã. Which thing done, much people reioyced in Bethlem, and I with them: & rising vp I felt my selfe to laugh. MarginaliaEx Epist. 45. I. Hus.

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This dreame maister I. of Chlume first expounded. Then he in the next Epistle after expounded it himselfe to this effect. Stante mandato Dei. &c. That is: the Commaundemēt of God standing, that we must obserue no dreames yet notwithstanding I trust that the life of Christ was painted in Bethlehem by me through his word in þe harts of men, the which preaching they went about in Bethlehē to destroy, first in commaunding that no preaching should be neyther in the church of Bethlehem, nor in the chappels therby: Secondly that the Church of Bethlehem shoulde be throwne downe to the ground. The same life of Christ shall be paynted vp agayne by mo preachers muche better then I, and after muche more better sorte, so that a greate number of people shall reioyce thereat: all such as loue the life of Christ: and also I shall reioyce my selfe: at what tyme I shall awake, that is, when I shal ryse agayn from the dead.

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Also in hys 48. Epistle, he seemeth to haue a like propheticall meaning, where he sayth: MarginaliaAn other prophesie by Ioh. Hus.That he trusted that those thinges which he spake then within the house, should afterward be preached aboue the house top. &c.

MarginaliaVid. supra. pag. 630.And because we are here in hand wt the prophecies of I. Hus, it is not to be omitted, what he writeth in a certayne treatise, De sacerdotum & monachorum carnalium abominatione, thus prophesying of the reformation of the church, Marginalia

An other prophesie by Iohn Hus.

Ioh. Hus, De Sacerd. & monachorum carnalium abominatione. ca. 73.

The Church, he sayth, cannot be reduced to hys former dignitie and reformed, before all thinges first be made new, (the trueth wherof appeareth by the temple of Salomon) as well the clergye and Priestes, as also the people and laitye. Or els, except all suche as now be addicted to auarice from the least to the most, be first cõuerted and renued, as well the people as the clerkes, and priestes thynges cannot be reformed. Albeit, as my mynde nowe geueth me, I beleue rather the first that is, that then shal ryse a newe people, formed after the new man, whiche is created after God. Of the whiche people, new clerkes and priestes shall come forth and be taken, which al shal hate couetousnes, and glory of thys lyfe, labouring to an heauēly conuersation. Notwithstanding al these thynges shal be done and wrought in continuance and order of tyme dispensed of God for the same purpose. And thys God doth and wil doe of hys owne goodnes and mercy, and for the riches of hys pacience and sufferaunce, geuing tyme and space of repentaunce to them that haue long layne in their sinnes, to amend & flye from the face of the Lordes fury: vntill at length all shall suffer together, and vntill both the carnall people, and priestes, and Clerkes in processe and order of tyme, shall fall away and be consumed, as is cloth consumed and eaten of the moth. &c.

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With this prophesie of Iohn Hus aboue mentioned, speaking of the hundreth yeares, accordeth also the testimony of Hierome his fellow Martyr, in these words: Marginalia

A prophesie of reformation of Hierom. Pragensis.

Vide supra, pag. 636.

And I recite you all (sayd he) to answere before the most high and iust iudge, after an hundreth yeares. 
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The prophecy of Jerome of Prague is taken from the two volume compendium of the writings of Hus and Jerome, edited by Mathias Flacius, Ioannis Hus et Hieronymi Pragensis confessorum Christi historia et monimenta (Nuremberg, 1558), II, fo. 352v.

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Iohn Hus. Hieronymus.
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For these images, see above 'The true plate of Hus and Hierome'. [1570, p. 912] CUL copy: metallic colour to the edges (probably indicates silver detail, now worn, since this appears to be the base colour used prior to applying silver). Note that this additional detail was carefully added, since it does not envelope the writing. WREN copy: there is no metallic colour here.

Centum reuolutis annis Deo respondebitis. Post centum annos vos omens cito.

This Hierome was burnt an. 1416. and Luther began to write an. 1516. which was the iust hundreth yeare after, according to the right accompt of Hieromes Prophecy.

MarginaliaAn other prophesie of reformation by Ioh. Hilton Monke of ThuringePhillip Melancthon in his Apologie, cap. De votis Monast. testifieth 

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The story of John Hilton, including the citation of Philip Melanchthon, is taken from Mathias Flacius, Catalogus testium veritatis (Basel, 1562), p. 572.

of one Iohn Hilton a Monke in Thuring, who, for speaking against certayne abuses of the place andorder where he liued, was cast in prison. At length beyng weake and feable through imprisõment, he sent for þe Warden of the Couent, desiring and beseching him, to haue some respect of his woefull state, & pittifull case. The Warden rebuking and accusing hym for that he had done & spoken: He aunswered againe and sayde that he had spoken nothyng

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