Foxe's Book of Martyrs -- 244. DEPOSED BISHOPS RE-APPOINTED, AND APPOINTED BISHOPS DEPOSED.

244. DEPOSED BISHOPS RE-APPOINTED, AND APPOINTED BISHOPS DEPOSED.

            In the days of King Henry, and also King Edward reigning after him, divers noblemen, bishops, and others, were cast into the Tower, some charged with treason, as Lord Courtney, and the duke of Norfolk -- whose son, Lord Henry, earl of Surrey, had been the same time beheaded, a worthy and ingenuous gentleman, for what cause, or by whom, I have not here to deal: this is certain, that not many years after his death followed the beheading of both the Lord Seymours, and at last of the duke of Northumberland also -- some for the pope's supremacy, and suspicious letters tending to sedition, (as Tonstal, bishop of Durham,) and others for other things, all which continued there prisoners till Queen Mary's coming-in: unto whom the said queen eftsoons granted their pardon, and restored them to their former dignities; amongst whom, also, was Gardiner, bishop of Winchester, whom she not only freed out of captivity, but also advanced him to be high chancellor of England. Furthermore, to the Lord Courtney she showed such favour, that she made him earl of Devonshire, insomuch that there was a suspicion amongst many, that she would marry him; but that proved otherwise.

            The same time Bonner, also, had been prisoner in the Marshalsea; whom likewise Queen Mary delivered, and restored to the bishopric of London again, displacing Dr. Ridley, with divers other good bishops more, as is above mentioned: as Cranmer from Canterbury, the archbishop of York likewise, Poynet from Winchester, John Hooper from Worcester, Barlow from Bath, Harley from Hereford, Taylor from Lincoln, Ferrar from St. David's, Coverdale from Exeter, Scorry from Chichester, &c., with a great number of archdeacons, deans, and briefly, all such beneficed men, who either were married, or would constantly adhere to their profession. All which were removed from their livings, and others of the contrary sect set in the same, as Cardinal Pole, (who was then sent for,) Gardiner, Heath, White, Day, Tubervill, etc.

            And as touching Cranmer, of whom mention was made before, forasmuch as there was rumour spread of him the same time in London, that he had recanted, and caused mass to be said at Canterbury, for purging of himself he published abroad a declaration of his truth and constancy in that behalf, protesting that he neither had so done, nor minded so to do: adding moreover, that if it would so please the queen, he, with Peter Martyr, and certain others whom he would choose, would, in open disputation, sustain the cause of the doctrine taught and set forth before in the time of King Edward, against all persons whomsoever. But while he was in expectation to have this disputation obtained, he, with other bishops, was laid fast in the Tower, and Peter Martyr permitted to depart the realm; and so went he to Strasburg.

            After this, in the month of November, the Archbishop Cranmer, notwithstanding he had earnestly refused to subscribe to the king's will in disinheriting his sister Mary, alleging many grave and pithy reasons for her legitimation, was, in Guildhall of London, arraigned and attainted of treason, with the Lady Jane, and three of the duke of Northumberland's sons, who, at the entreaty of certain persons, were had again to the Tower, and there kept for a time. All which notwithstanding, Cranmer, being pardoned of treason, stood only in the action and case of doctrine, which they called heresy, whereof he was right glad and joyful.

            This being done in November, the people, and especially the churchmen, perceiving the queen so eagerly set upon her old religion, they likewise, for their parts, to show themselves no less forward to serve the queens appetite, (as the manner is, of the multitude, commonly to frame themselves after the humour of the prince and time present,) began in their choirs to set up the pageant of St. Katharine, and of St. Nicholas, and of their processions in Latin, after all their old solemnity, with their gay gardeviance, and grey amices.

            And when the month of December was come, the parliament brake up; but first of all such statutes were repealed, which were made either of prĉmunire, or touched any alteration of religion and administration of sacraments under King Edward: in the which parliament, also, communication was moved of the queen's marriage with King Philip, the emperor's son.

 

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