Foxe's Book of Martyrs -- 308. STEPHEN HARWOOD, THOMAS FUST, WILLIAM HALE, GEORGE KING, THOMAS LEYES, JOHN WADE, AND WILLIAM ANDREW.

308. STEPHEN HARWOOD, THOMAS FUST, WILLIAM HALE, GEORGE KING, THOMAS LEYES, JOHN WADE, AND WILLIAM ANDREW.

 

The burning of Stephen Harwood and Thomas Fust, martyred for the testimony of the gospel.

BOUT this time died also bycruel fire these two martyrs of God; that is to say, Stephen Harwood at Stratford, and Thomas Fust at Ware; which both two, as they were about one time burned with the forementioned Robert Smith and George Tankerfield, although in sundry places, so were they also examined and openly condemned together with them. Their process, because it was joined all in one with the process of Robert Smith and others of the said company above mentioned, I thought it superfluous again to repeat the same; save that of Thomas Fust this is to be added, that whereas he, in his last appearing the twelfth of July, was moved by the bishop to revoke his opinion, thus he answered: "No," said he,  "my Lord, for there is no truth cometh out of your mouth, but all lies. Ye condemn men, and will not hear the truth. Where can ye find any anointing or greasing in God's book? I speak nothing but the truth, and I am certain that it is the truth that I speak." This answer of him only I find noted by the registrar; although how slenderly these registrars have dealt in uttering such matters, (that is, in omitting those things which most worthy were to be known,) by their doings it is easy to be seen. But to be short, after their answers made, both he and Thomas Fust were, for their faithful perseverance, condemned together by the bishop in his accustomed pity, as heretics to be burned, and so (as before ye have heard) finished they their martyrdom, the one at Stratford, and the other at Ware, in the month of August and year abovesaid.

 

The constant martyrdom of William Hale, burned at Barnet.

            Of the same company of these ten above recorded, which were sent up to Bishop Bonner by Sir Nicholas Hare and other commissioners, in the company of George Tankerfield and Robert Smith, was also William Hale of Thorp in the county of Essex, who likewise being examined with the rest the twelfth of July, received with them also the sentence of condemnation; giving this exhortation withal to the lookers-on: "Ah, good people," said he, "beware of this idolater, and this antichrist;" pointing unto the bishop of London. And so was he delivered to the sheriffs as a heretic to be burned, who sent him to Barnet, where, about the latter end of August, he most constantly sealed up his faith with the consuming of his body by cruel fire, yielding his soul unto the Lord Jesus, his only and most sure Redeemer.

 

George King, Thomas Leyes, John Wade, and William Andrew, who all sickened in prison, and were buried in the fields.

            Ye heard before of ten sundry persons sent out of Newgate by Master Hare and other commissioners, to be examined of Bonner, bishop of London. Of whom six already have been executed in several places, as hath been showed; whose names were Elizabeth Warne, George Tankerfield, Robert Smith, Stephen Harwood, Thomas Fust, and William Hale. Other three, to wit, George King, Thomas Leyes, and John Wade, sickening in Lollard's Tower, were so weak that they were removed into sundry houses within the city of London, and there departed, and were cast out into the fields, and there buried by night of the faithful brethren, when none in the day durst do it. The last that remained of this foresaid company was Joan Laysh or Layshford, the daughter-in-law to John Warne, and Elizabeth Warne, martyrs: but because she was reprieved to a longer day, her story and martyrdom we will defer till the month of January the next year following.

            The like catholic charity was also showed upon William Andrew of Horsley, in the county of Essex, carpenter, who was brought to Newgate the first day of April, A. D. 1555, by John Motham, constable of Maldon in Essex. The first and principal promoter of him was the Lord Riche, who sent him first to prison. Another great doer against him also seemeth to be Sir Richard Southwell, knight, by a letter written by him to Bonner, as by the copy hereof appeareth.

            "Pleaseth it your Lordship to understand, that the Lord Riche did, about seven or eight weeks past, send up unto the council one William Andrew of Thorp, within the county of Essex, an arrogant heretic. Their pleasure was to command me to commit him unto Newgate, where he remaineth, and, as I am informed, hath infected a number in the prison with his heresy. Your Lordship shall do very well, if it please you to convent him before you, and to take order with him as his case doth require. I know the council meant to have writ herein unto your Lordship, but, by occasion of other business, the thing hath been omitted. Wherefore, knowing their good pleasure, I did advise the keeper of Newgate to wait upon you with these few lines. And so, referring the rest to your virtuous consideration, I remain your good Lordship's to command, this twelfth of June, 1555.
            "RICHARD SOUTHWELL."

            This William Andrew, being twice brought before Bonner to examination, there manfully stood in the defence of his religion. At length, through strait handling in the prison of Newgate, he lost his life there, which else his adversaries would have taken away by fire. And so, after the popish manner, he was cast out into the field, and by night was privily buried by the hands of good men and faithful brethren.

 

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