Calendar of State Papers, Spain (Simancas), Volume 1, 1558-1567. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1892.
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Simancas, B. M. MS., Add. 26,056a.
250. Luis Roman to Cardinal De Granvelle.
Three days ago they brought the good bishop of London out of prison (fn. 1) to take the oath before the bishop of Winchester. He was very firm in his refusal to swear against his conscience and said he would give ample good reasons why they could not press him to do so. The Queen in her absolute power could do as she liked, but nothing would move him from his purpose.
They took him to prison again accompanied by a large crowd of heretics and boys who kept shouting out insults to him, of which he took no notice.
It is impossible to say how it will all end, but it is thought that this has been to encourage the heretics, and there is some fear that now that peace has been made in France, if affairs in Flanders turn out as they hope, some general action may be taken this winter against the Catholic Bishops whereat the Catholics are much troubled and very discontented at seeing that all the hopes they had placed in his Majesty have resulted in not the slightest sign being made of an attempt to remedy so much evil.—London, 29th April 1564.