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Chap. III. The HISTORY of the PURITANS. 6t ted, and yet ejected for not appearing. Thofe that quitted their wives, Q Mary, and did penance, were neverthelefs deprived ; which was grounded on the rs> vow, that (as was pretended) they had made. Such was the deplorable condition of the reformed this fummer, and fuch the cruelty of their adverfaries. The queen's fecond parliament met llpril 2d. The court had taken care Queen's 2d r of the elections of the new members by large promifes of money from á diMGr" Stain :. Their defign was to perfuade the parliament to approve of the'riage. Spanifh match; which they accomplith'd, with this provifo, That the queen alone fhould have the government of the kingdom; after which the parliament was prefently diffolved. King Philip arrived in England, 7uly 2oth, and was married to the queen on the 27th, at Winchejler, he being then in the 27th year of his age, and the queen in her 38th. He brought with him a vaft mars of wealth; 27 chefts of bullion, every cheft being above a yard long; and ninety nine horfe loads, and two cart loads of gold and filver cin. The reformers complainingof their ufage, in the late difpute held in con- Difiutation vocation, the court refolved to give them a frefh mortification, by appoint- at Oxford. ing another at Okford, in prefence of the whole univerfity; and becaufe arehbithop Cranmer, bifhop Ridley and Latimer, were the moft celebrated divines of the reformation, they were by warrant from the queen removed from the Tower to Oxford, to manage the difpute. The convocation de- puted their prolocutor and feveral of their members, who arriving on the i3th of 4pril, being Friday, fent for the bifhops on Saturday, and ap- pointed them Monday, Tuefday and Wednefday, every one his day, to de- fend their dottrine. The queftions were, upon tranfubflantiation, and the propitiatory facrifice of the maf. The particulars of the difpute are in Mr. Fox's book of martyrs. The bifhops behaved with great modefty and pre- fence of mind; but their adverfaries infulted and triumphed in amoft bar- barous manner. Bithop Ridley writes, " That there were perpetual`fhout- " ings, tauntings, reproaches, noire and confufion. '' Cranmer and old Latimer were hifs'd and derided; and Ridley was borne down with noife and clamour; " In all my life (fays he) I never faw any thing carried L. of Crate, " more vainly and tumuituoufly; I could not have thought that there P. 33 " could have been found any Englifh man, honoured withdegrees in learn- " ing, that could allow of fuch thrafonical oflentations, mode fit for the " flage than the fchools," On the 28th of April they were fummoned again to St. Mary's, and required by Weflon the prolocutor to fubfcribe, as having been vanquifhed in difputation ; but they all refufing, were decía- red òbfiinate hereticks, and no longer members of the catholick church. It was defigned to- expofe the reformers by another difputation at Gain- bridge ; but the prifoners in. London hearing of it, publifired a paper, deck;- ring