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1) Die Quellen über More's Proceß und Hinrichtung siehe in der Literatur. C., Coaevi et Suppares. I. des Erasmus große Correspondenz. II. die Schriftsteller von Polyd. Vergil., bis Sanders und Rishton. Hieher gehören ferner:

a) More's leßter Brief mit Kohle geschrieben an seine Tochter Margarethe; bei Lewis Nro. XII. p. 145. 146. (Siehe Beilage D.)

b) More's Attainder. (Siehe Beilage C.)

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c) Stat of the Realm. III. p. 629., Chaptes LVIII. Acte adnullyng aswell a Dede of Feoffement as also an Indenture fraudeilent'y made by Sir Thomas More Knight of his purchased Londo in Chelseth or ellswhere in the Countye of Midd.,

d) Roper p. 91 — 112.

e) Staplet, das XVIII., XIX., XX. Caput..

f) Hoddesd p. 140-173.

g) More p. 271 — 309.

h) Hall, fol. CCXXVI. b. init.

i) Stow. p. 572., col. 1. init.

k) Burnet I. B. II. p. 158. III. p. 354-356.

1) Collier Vol. II. p. 99. col. 1 et 2.

m) State-Trials I. p. 59. col. 2. n) Biogr. Britan. p. 3165.

o) Brit. Plutarch p. 86-97.

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p. 63., col. 2., in fine.

p) Literar. Conversationsblatt Nro. I. 1. Januar

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Es liefert einen Auszug aus dem Celebrated Trials. etc.

6 Voll. London 1825. 8.

q) Lingard VI. p. 244–248. 2) Lingard V. p. 245.

Der 1. Juni, welcher in Margine

steht, ist irrig. Die Quellen sind alle für den 1. Julius.

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3) Die Stelle aus der Magna Charta lautet:

In primis concessiss) Deo et hac presenti carta nostra confirmass) pro nobis et haeredibus nostris in perpetuum quod Anglica

na ecclesia libera sit et habeat Jura sua integra et liber

tates suas illesas, et ita volumus observari etc. Stat. of the Realm. Vol. I. fol. p. 9. Wo das Facsimile der Magna Charta.

4) More. p. 287. hat St. Gilian.

5) Eine genaue Beschreibung dieser grausenhaften Art der Hinrichtung findet sich in der historia aliquot nostri saeculi MartyLII. Cap. X. fol. L. a. u. b.

rum etc.

6) Sie ward nachmals die Gattin von More's Geheimschreiber, John Harris, und war zur Zeit, als Stapleton schrieb, noch zu Douay. Stapl. p. 67. col. 2. in fine. Margarethe, in deren Diensten sie war, schickte sie oft nach dem Tower zu ihrem Vater.

7) Eine von den Mägden der Roper.

8) St. Thomas von Canterbury, dessen Translatio 7. Julius sonst in England gefeiert wurde. Staplet. p. 69. col. 1.

9) Mararetha Gyge, des John Clemens Frau.
10) Söhne des John More.

Beilagen zum vierten Abschnitt.



1. Die Präamble.

Sie besteht:

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a) im Eingange, welcher die Gründe entwickelt, warum eine Feststellung der Thronfolge nothwendig sey.

b) in der Nullitäts - Erklärung der ersten Ehe.


hier sehr wichtige Text, weil More an dieser Nullitáts - Erklärung sich hauptsächlich stieß, lautet wie folgt:

Statutes of the Realm III. p. 472.

the Nobles and Commons of this Realme


therfore moost humbly beseche your Highness that it may please your Majestie, that it may be enacted by your Highness with the assente of the Lords spiritual and temporall and the Commons in this present parliament assembled and by auctoritie of the same, that the mariage herto fore solempnysed betwene your Highness and the Lady Katheryne being before lawfull wyf to prynce Arthur your elder brother, which by hym was carnally known as doth duely appere by sufficient prove in a lawfull proces had and made before Thomas etc., shalbe by auctoritie of this present parliament diffyntyvly clerely and absolutely declared demed, adjudged to be a gaynst the Lawes of Almyghty God, and also accepted reputed and taken of noo value ne effecte, but utterlie voyde and adnychyled, and the separacion therof etc. Shalbe good and effectuall to all intentes

and purposes etc. »


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c) In der Successions - Ordnung, deren Hauptpunkte bereits im Terte gegeben sind.

d) In der Bekanntmachung dieser Akte.

e) In Bestimmung der Strafen, welche die dawider Handelnden treffen, so wie

f) der Bestimmung, daß diese Akte von allen Unterthanen des Königs beschworen werden solle.

2) Der Successions-Eid.

Journals of the House of Lords 1. p. 82. col. 2 in fine.

Ye shall swear to bear your Faith, Truth, and Obedience, alonely to the King's Majesty, and to the Heirs of his Body, according to the Limitation and Rehearsal within this statute of sucession above specified, and not to any other within this Realm, nor foreign Authority, Prince, or Potentate, and in case any Oath be made, or hath been made, by you, to any other Person or Persons, that then you to repute the same as vain and annihilate, and that, to your Cunning, Wit, and uttermost of your Power, without Guile, Fraud, or other undue Means, ye shall observe, keep, maintain, and defend, this Act above specified, and all the whole Contents and Effects thereof, and all other Statutes made since the Beginning of this present Parliament, in Confirmation or for due Execution of the same, or of any thing therein contained; and thus ye shall do against all Manner of Persons, of what Estate, Dignity, Degree, or Condition soever they be, and in no wise do or attempt, nor to your Power suffer to be done or attempted, directly or indirectly, any Thing or Things, privily or apertly, to the Let, Hindrance, Damage, or Derogation thereof, or of any Part of the same, by any Manner of Means, or for any Manner of Pretence or Cause. »


So help you God and all Saints!,

Vergleiche die Stat. of the Realm III. p. 493. Die Parliam. history III. p. 108 seqq., wo, vorzüglich im erstern Werke, einige Abweichungen vorkommen.


Supremats - Akte.

Stat. of the Realm III. p. 492. chapter I.

An Acte concernynge the Kynges Highnes to be supreme heed of the churche of Englande and to have auctoryte to refourme and redresse all errours and abuses yn the same.

Albeit the Kynges Majestie justly and rightfully is and oweth to be the supreme heed of the churche of England, and so is recognysed by the Clergy of this Realme in theyr convocacions: yet neverthelesse for corroboracion and confirmacion therof, and for increase of vertue in Cristis Religion within this Realme of England, and to represse and extirpe all errours heresies and other enormyties and abuses heretofore used in the same, Be it

enacted by auctoritie of this present Parliament, that the Kyng our Soveraign Lorde his heires and successours Kynges of this Realme shalbe takyn accepted and reputed the onely supreme heed in erthe of the Churche of England callyd Anglicana Ecclesia, and shall have and enjoye annexed and unyted to the Ymperiall Crowne of this Realme aswell the title and style therofore all Honours Dignyties praeemynences jurisdiccions privileges auctorities ymunyties profitis and commodities to the said dignytie of supreme heed of the same Church belongyng and apperteynyng. And that our said Soveraigne Lorde his heires and successours Kynges of this Realme shall have full power and auctoritie frome tyme to tyme to visite represse redresse reforme ordre correct restrayne and amende all suche errours heresies abuses offences contemptes and enormyties what so ever they be, whiche by any maner spirituall auctorytie or jurisdiccion ought or maie lawfullye be reformed, repressyd ordred redressyd correctyd restraynyd or amendyd, moste to the pleasure of Almyghtie God the encrease of vertue yn Chrystis Religion and for the conservacy of the peace unyte and tranquylyte of this Realme: any usage custome foreyne lawes foreyne auctoryte prescripcion or anye other thinge or thinges to the contrarie hereof notwithstandinge.


An Acte concerning the Attaɣnder of Syr Thomas More Knyght.

Stat. of the Realm III. p. 528.

Where the Kyng our Soveraigne Lorde that nowe is by his severall lettres patentes wherof the one bereth date the vIII day of May in the XIIII yere of the reigne of our said Soveraigne Lorde, and the other bereth date the xvj day of January in the xvj yere of the reigne of our said Soveraigne Lorde, for the true and faithfull servyce and counsell whiche our said Soveraigne Lorde ententyd and trusted to be don to his Highnes by Sir Thomas More late of Chelsey in the Countie of Midd. Knyght, of his owne mere mocion and liberalitie did gyve and graunte to the said Sir Thomas More and to his heires dyvers Manours Landes Tenementes and other Hereditamentes conteyned and specified in the same severall lettres patentes, to have and to holde to the same Sir Thomas More and to his heyres accordyng and under such manner and fourme as in the said severall lettres patentes is expressed and declared: And forasmoche as the said Sir Thomas More contrary to the truste and confidence

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