By A. G. Dickens
This special neighborhood historical past examines the effect of the Lollards and the Reformation at the society, neighborhood govt and church of York.
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Arrested in the inn yard, he was imprisoned in Fulham Palace along with other Essex Protestants and, alleges Foxe, fed with bread made partly of sawdust. His wife, while attempting to enter the palace to see him, was kicked by the porter and, being pregnant, died. Edward Freez was subsequently removed to the Lollards' Tower and manacled, so that his flesh 'grew higher than his irons' and his hair became matted together. When his brother Valentine sued to the king on his behalf, Edward was kept 'without meat' for three days before the hearing, and coming to court in a demented state, could say nothing but 'my Lord is a good man1.
Burnett nevertheless convinced the judges that he had done nothing very serious, since he escaped without punishment. 1 At least two of his friends from Hull fell into trouble in the diocese of York. Roger Danyell lost his copy of Tyndale's New Testament, which he may have bought on the Continent, and which fell into the hands of the Dean of York. This latter dignitary would receive the offensive volume by virtue of the other important office which he held, for at this date he was Brian Higden, who happened also to be vicargeneral of the diocese.
7 Defamed of heresy, he was arrested there on 4 August 1537, together with Thomas Frauncys and John Padley, and taken before George, fourth Earl of Shrewsbury. , fos. I25v-i26. , fo. 127. The spellings Sennes, Senoose, Symmez, Senvys all occur, but there can be no doubt in any of the references below that the same man is intended. 4 5 6 L. & P. xii (2), 436. Ibid. 436 (2). Ibid. 925. 7 Valor Eccles. v. 45; the indictment also describes him thus. As will appear, he was not in priest's orders. 8 He was born in 1468 and died in July 1538.