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Actes and Monumentes of the church
The fourth section or part of the ecclesiasticall history conteining Such actes and recordes, as happened in King Edwards dayes.

EMong other roughe stormes & bloisterus persecutiōs which we haue passed through since the beginninge of this history, wading also through daūgerous tempestes, of king Hēries time, as beīg come out frō þe rocks & waues of a terrible sea, now we haue brought þe course of this story (through þe goodnes & supportatiō of Christ our lord) to the milde and Alciō days of king Edward the sixte, as into a hauen of fayrer and calmer whether. For like as the seas, so also the land oft times hathe his rages and also tranquility. Although it cannot be denied, but kinge Henry the noble father of this worthy Prince deserued also prayse & renown for his valiant and vertuous beginninge: Yet if he had proceded so hardeli, according as happely he begonne: and like as he only crakt the Popes crowne, and raysed his name, so if he had clene dispossessed him of al: or as he hadde once got the vicory ouer him, so if he had persued his victory got: Marginalia King Hēry vnhorsed the Pope: but king Edward toke awaye sadle, trappers and al.And (as it was preached before him at Greinwige) like as he had once vnhorsed the Pope and put him out of the sadle, so if he had also taken awaye his trapers and sturruppes wherby the prelates went aboute to set him on his horse againe. Then had his actes ioyning a perfect ende to his godly beginning, deserued a firme memory of much cōmendation, with the sauinge of many a poore mans life. But that which the father eyther could not, or durst not bring to perfectiō, that the son most worthely did accōplish, or rather the grace of Christ by him. Who succeading after his father, reigned ouer the kingdome of England the space of 6. yeres in much tranquilitie. of whose worthey vertues, and prudente sentences, with other ornamentes of his singuler towardnes, hereafter shal folow (Christ so permitting) more to be expressed at large, whan we come to his death, accordinge as the order of historye requireth, and as we maye be informed thereof by the relation of themabout him. Marginalia Duke of Northfolk cast in the tower.After or about the deth therfore of king Hēry, the Duke of Northfolk the same time being committed in to the tower, Marginalia Earle of Surray behedded.and his sonne the Erl of Surry shortly after behedded, for what offence because as yet it is vnknowen to me I commit it vnto the lorde, who as knoweth all thinges perfectly, so shal iudge al things rightuously. God graunt that the doinges of al men may be such, that eyther they may stand in his iudgment through vprightnes, or els may obtein mercy, thrugh repētāce To retourn againe to þe matter. After þe deth (I say) of kīg Hēry, his son king Edward bycause he was but of grene & tēdre age comming to his crowne therfore Marginalia Lorde Edwarde Semer lorde Protector.his vncle Lord Edward Semer, Duke of Somerset was assigned and adioyned to him as protecor and ouerseer of him and of the commen welth a man not so heighly auanced for his consanguinitie, as also for his noble vertues and especially for his fauour to Gods word, worthy of his vocation and calling. Through the endeuour and industry of which man, first that mōstrous Hidra with six heades, the six articles I meane, (which deuoured vp so many men before) was abolished and taken away. by reasō wherof the counsels and proceadings of Winchester began to decay, who storminge at the same matter, wrot to the Lord Protector in þe cause therof, as by his letters hereafter is to be sene. The holy scriptures restored to the mother toung. Masses extinct and abolished furthermore after softer beginnings, by little and litle greater thinges followed after in reformation of churches. Then such as before were in banishment for the daunger of the truth, were againe receaued to there countre. To be short a new face of thinges began now to appere, as it were a stage, new players comming in, thold being thrust out. For the most part of churches the bishops therof were changed. Such as had bene domme prelates before were compelled to giue place to other thē that would preach and take paynes. Besides also other out of forren coūtries, men of lerning and notable knowledg wer sent for & receiued, emong whome was Petrus Martir, Martine Bucer, and Paulus Phagius: Of whome the first taught at Oxford. Thother. ii. professed at Cambridg, and that with no small commēdation of the whole vniuersitie. Emong the

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