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FOXE'S BOOK OF MARTYRS V10 The Reign of Queen Mary I. - Part II.

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THE ACTS AND MONUMENTS OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH 

by  

JOHN FOXE

 

Commonly known as 

FOXE'S BOOK OF MARTYRS

 

Volume 10 

The Reign of Queen Mary I. - Part II.

 

Published by the Ex-classics Project, 2009 

http://www.exclassics.com 

Public Domain

 

John Bradford

 

Contents 

268. Other Events of February 1555. 5 

269. Correspondence between Queen Mary and the King of Denmark. 7 

270. Bishop Bonner Commands Universal Reconciliation. 9 

271. James Hales 12 

272. Thomas Tomkins. 19 

273. William Hunter. 24 

274. Thomas Causton and Thomas Higbed. 34 

275. William Pygot, Stephen Knight, and John Laurence 44 

276. Robert Ferrar 49 

277. Rawlins White 61 

278. Other Events of March and April 1555. 68 

279. George Marsh 74 

280. William Flower 109 

281. Other Events of May 1555. 119 

282. John Cardmaker and John Warne. 120 

283. Other Events of June, 1555. 130 

284. John Ardeley and John Simson. 131 

285. John Tooley 136 

286. Thomas Haukes. 139 

287. Thomas Wats. 172 

288. Concerning the Childbed of Queen Mary, as it Was Rumoured among the People. 179 

289. Protestant Books Condemned By The Council 181 

290. Some Papistical Blasphemies. 183 

291. Thomas Osmond, William Bamford, Thomas Osborne, and Others. 194 

292. John Bradford. 196 

293. John Leaf, Burnt with Bradford. 259 

294. The Execution of Bradford and Leaf. 261 

295. The Letters of Master Bradford. 264 

296 William Minge and James Trevisam 367 

297. John Bland. 368 

298. Nicholas Sheterden, John Frankesh, and Humfrey Middleton. 392 

299. Nicholas Hall and Christopher Wade. 409 

300. Dirick Carver and John Launder 413 

301. Thomas Iveson, John Aleworth and James Abbes. 420

268. Other Events of February 1555.

After that Stephen Gardiner, bishop of Winchester, had got the laws and the secular arm on his side, as ye have heard, with full power and authority to reign and rule as he listed, and had brought these godly bishops and reverend preachers aforesaid under foot, namely, the archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Ridley, bishop of London, Master Latimer, Master Hooper, bishop of Worcester and Gloucester, Master Rogers, Master Saunders, Dr. Taylor, and Master Bradford, all which he had now presently condemned, and some also burned, he supposed now all had been cock-sure, and that Christ had been conqucred for ever, so that the people, being terrified with example of these great learned men condemned, never would nor durst once rout against their violent religion: not much unlike in this behalf to the manner of the Turks, who, when they cannot maintain their sect by good learning and truth of God's word, think by violence of sword to force whom they can to their belief; and, that done, afterward make laws, no man under pain of heresy to dispute, or once to call in question any of their proceedings. Even so, Stephen Gardiner and his fellows, when they see they cannot prevail by trial of God's word, and discourse of learning, neither are disposed simply to seek for truth where it is to be found, they take exceptions against God's word, affirming it to be intricate, obscure, and insufficient to be its own judge, and therefore that of necessity it must be judged by the pope's church: and so, having kings and queens on their side, they seek not to persnade by the word of God, nor to win by charity, but, instead of the law of God, they use, as the Proverb saith,t? ??ยต? ?e???? [Greek: to nomo cheiron] , compelling men by death, fire, and sword, (as the Turks do,) to believe that in very deed they think not. And indeed, after flesh and blood, this seemeth to be a sure way. Neither peradventure are they ignorant how gaily this way thriveth with the Turks; and therefore think they to practise the same; at least-wise so they do, upon what example soever they do it. And thus condemned they these godly learned preachers and bishops aforesaid, supposing, as I said, that all the rest would soon be quailed by their example. But they were deceived: for within eight or nine days after that Stephen Gardiner had given sentence against Master Hooper, Master Rogers, Master Saunders, Dr. Taylor, and Master Bradford, being the eighth of February, six other good men were brought likewise before the bishops for the same cause of religion, to be examined, whose names were William Pygot, butcher; Stephen Knight, barber; Thomas Tomkins, weaver; Thomas Hawkes, gentleman; John Laurence, priest; William Hunter, apprentice. 

Stephen Gardiner, seeing thus his device disapappointed, and that cruelty in this case would not serve to his expectation, gave over the matter as utterly discouraged, and from that day meddled no more in such kind of condemnations, but referred the whole doing thereof to Bonner, bishop of London; who supplied that part right doughtily, as in the further process of this history hereafter evidently and too much may appear. Thus Bishop Bonner taking the matter in hand, called before him in his consistory at Paul's (the lord mayor and certain aldermen sitting with him) the six persons afore-named, upon the eighth of Febrnary in the year aforesaid, and on the next day, being the ninth of February, read the sentence of condemnation upon them, as appeareth in Bonner's own registers: such quick speed these men could make in despatching their business at once. Notwithstanding, because the death of these condemned martyrs did not follow incontinently before the next month of March, I will defer the prosecuting of their matter till I come, by the grace of the Lord, to the time and day of their suffering.

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