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after the matter fell not out to his purpose, and being returned to Walker's House, he rebuked Arthington's over-much forwardness, for calling him there (openly before others) the King of the Earth , and excused this in him, by his great Zeal. That he lily avoided the questions which the Minister of thai Parish did ask him, touching those things which Arthington attributed unto him. That he used at his Examinations many crafty Evasions, when any question of capital danger to him was asked. That he constantly at all his Examinations persifted in denying, and said he did not remember that A&ion which seemed most odioully Traiterous, touching the piercing that part of the Picture which represented her Majesty's Royal Heart. That he denied also to have sent them to publish as they did. That he did answer lo doggedly and (in truth ) knavishly, to the question of defacing the Lion and Dragon in her Majesty's Arms. That to a question (of molt importance) whether her Majesty were lawful Queen of England? he refused to answer. That he fubtilly anfwercd (albeit not to the Lawfulness of her being Queen ) yer she was ( in fact ) Queen as yet, if she had not forfeited it. That when he was tortured, he revoked his Treasons, and sorrowfully submitted himself; a course which by the extremity of Pain (at the firft asfaying of it) doth drive a man ( being indeed mad ) into a far greater rage and impatience than he was afore. That till he
eft imparft villanous ag cod) yet he
was tortured, he would not appeach any other his Complices in the Treasons. That being not willing to plead directly to his second Indictment, he drave off the time with cunning Answers, indeed importing nothing less than madness. That being in good Temper, and ( as feemed ) well dispołed in mind both the Night before, and the Wednesday morning, until he saw no remedy, but that he was presently to be executed, he burst not forth into his horrible Blasphemies. And that at the very Execution, in his greatest impatience pretended, (albeit his Speeches were most villanous against the Queen, and blasphemous towards God) yet he underftood what was said and done; his Words had Sense, and his Prayer was coherent to. gether, one part with another. None of all which things premised, can happen or be found in him that is indeed furious and distracted of his Wits; such as the Laws not only do pity, but also spare and protect from all Punishment. ! If any man now shall marvel how such vain and foolish Conceits could so deeply poffefs men of any consideration, let him remember what Lutber writ against certain
like Phanátical Persons, the Anabaptists in , Germany; who pretended like Purity, and
intended also a dangerous Reformation : There is ( faith he ) none Error fo abfurd, but ( when God's Wrath is once kindled') the Devil is able to persuade it.
barilened of paying any Timbes 10 Ecclefiafticat Persons, but only Corn. And a Fourth, Tbat
obey might also prescribe how these T1: bes should Luther calls be better employed. Luther in an Answer that ibis Sedition « he made to that Book of theirs, saich, he Stratagem of conceived that this Sedition was a very StraSaian,
tagem of Satan; to the intent that the Devii might destroy and kill him, and other true and sound Preachers of the Gofpel, by men making outward fhew and profeffion of the same Religion, because he saw he could not effect it, nor so far prévail by open Adversaries, such as the Pope was and his
Adherents. For these Rebels called cheniThey call ther- felves a Christian Congregation, and bragged Jelves a Chris much char they wow
prie much that they would (in all their actions) fian Congre.
on a follow the precise Rule of God's Word. pretend to fol. And whereas ( under the pretence of detelow the precije station of fin, and of their own great finceRule of God's ricy and good lives ) there Traiterous ReWord.
bels noted many Faulis in all other forts and ftares of men, and prorefted also great Loyalty and Fidelicy to the Persons of their
Princes, so they might but have things amiss Luther minds reformed; he freely and truly purreth them them of their in mird, That whiles they pried thus nar
rowly into other mens faults, the Devil had pocrif.
so blinded them (thiough Pride and Hypocrisy ) that they could not fee cheir own decettable Treasons, with other their Sins and Impieries: Adding also, That such as wrest away or abate Princes Swords and Jurisdiitions, will ( upon any fit opportunity offered ) no doubt take away their Lives also;
which is chiefly maintained by their Sove reign Jurisdiction, and by Power of the Sword.
Amongst others, Carol.aft adius a Preacher, Carolaftadius profefsing the Gospel, but fallen into discon- one of their tentments and emulous oppositions against Encouragers. Lutber, gave no small advancement to this fearful Commotion. This man attributed much to Cabinet Teachers in private Conventicles, and unto Vifions, and pretended Conferences with God. But of all ocher Preachers that pretended Enmity boch to the Pope and unto Lutber, one Thomas Mun- Muncer the cer was the hottest and chiefest Boutifeu and hottest and Bellows of this Sedicion. At first he urged and exhorced men ( in his teaching by a good them to greas
He exhorts fpace together ) and chat with great vehe- ftritness of mency, unto a singular, ftrait, precise, and Life. holy course of life; namely, to fly all, even the least shew of actual lin; to fast much, ro array themselves with mean and base Rayment, to retain a settled Austerity in Countenance, co fpeak feldom, and fuch like; which he called the bearing of the Cross, Mortification, and Discipline. Now when as hereby he had procured unto himfelf a great Opinion of Holiness, and Reputation with the common People, he proceeded fur- ,
He broacketta ther unto strange and very dangerous Opi- dangerous Opie nions: For then he began to reach men, in rions. their Prayers to ask a Sign of God, Whe- Teacherb mente ther they held the Truth in Religion, or nor to pray for That if he gave not a Sign, they might im- pet miliona
Signs, and exi portune him, and expoftulate with him, that from God.
he dealt not well with them in not giving a Sign to them who ( in this sort ) begged but true knowledge of him; saying, that to fhew fuch Anger in Prayer, was acceptable unto God, for that hereby men did shew their fervency in Zeal. He taught also, that God ( even in these days ) did reveal his Will by Dreams and Visions: That all Judgments civil must be by the Bible, or Revelation from God: That all in dignity must be
equal. He railed against Princes, and impuces,
ted many faults unto them, and namely this, That they suffered the Ecclesiastical State with great Impiery. This Opinion of Equality of Authority and Dignity, made the common people fall from their work, and beginning to gad idly up and down, they took away (by violence ) such things as they had need of, from those that were more
wealthy. They enter into Muncer ( in this sort ) winning many Leagues to root unto him, they entred from time to time out wicked Mac giftrates.
into secret Leagues together, upon mutual Oaths given, to help to root out and kill all wicked Magistrates, to the intent new that were more godly, might be set in their places ; for so. ( he said ) God had given in commandment unto him. According to which Plots (by a Tumult of the People ) at Mulbusin, he procured the old Officer to be deposed, and a new Magistrate to be set up
in his place, and himself to be chosen a Sei n ator of that City,albeit he was still a Preachhow er, and seemed to mislike this course in other