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Compare 1577 edition: 1 Now was it so deuised by the protector and his councell, that the selfe daie, in which the lord cham|berleine was beheaded in the Tower of London, and about the selfe same houre, was there (not with|out his assent) beheaded at Pomfret, the foreremem|bred lords & knights that were taken from the king at Northampton and Stonie Stratford. Which thing was doone in the presence, and by the order of sir Richard Ratcliffe knight, whose seruice the protec|tor speciallie vsed in that councell,Sir Richard Ratcliffe. and in the executi|on of such lawlesse enterprises, as a man that had béene long secret with him, hauing experience of the world, and a shrewd wit, short & rude in spéech, rough and boisterous of behauiour, bold in mischiefe, as far from pitie as from all feare of God.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 This knight bringing them out of the prison to the scaffold, and shewing to the people about that they were traitors (not suffering them to declare & speake their innocencie, least their words might haue incli|ned men to pitie them, and to hate the protector and his part) caused them hastilie, without iudgement, processe, or maner of order to be beheaded,The lord Ri|uers & other beheaded. and with|out other earthlie gilt, but onelie that they were good men, too true to the king, and too nigh to the quéene. Now when the lord chamberleine & these other lords and knights were thus beheaded, and rid out of the waie: then thought the protector, that when men mu|sed what the matter meant, while the lords of the realme were about him out of their owne strengths, while no man wist what to thinke, nor whom to trust, yer euer they should haue space to dispute and digest the matter and make parties; it were best hastilie to pursue his purpose, and put himselfe in possession of the crowne, yer men could haue time to deuise anie waie to resist.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 3 4 But now was all the studie by what meanes this matter, being of it selfe so heinous, might be first bro|ken to the people, in such wise that it might be well taken. To this councell they tooke diuerse, such as they thought meetlie to be trusted, likelie to be indu|ced to that part, and able to stand them in st [...]ed either by power or policie. Among whome they made of councell Edmund Shaw knight then maior of Lon|don, which vpon trust of his owne aduancement,Edmund Shaw maior of London. whereof he was of a proud heart highlie desirous, should frame the citie to their appetite. Of spirituall men they tooke such as had wit, and were in authori|tie among the people for opinion of their learning, and had no scrupulous conscience. Among these had they Iohn Shaw clearke brother to the maior, and frier Penker, prouinciall of the Augustine friers both doctors of diuinitie, both great preachers, both of more learning than vertue, of more fame than learning. For they were before greatlie estéemed a|mong the people: but after that neuer.

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