gland and the Reformation. The troops of Charles V. were in motion, and people expected to hea
r every moment that war had broken out between the emperor and the king. On arriving at Brussels the young Englishman appeared at court and waited on the government: he declared that he was a Roman catholic disgusted with the religious reforms in England and devoted to the cause of Catherine. He explained to the ministers of Charles V. that they had in the Low Countries the man who was poisoni
ng the kingdom; and that if they put Tyndale to death, they would save the papacy in England. The emperor's ministers, delighted to see Englishmen making common cause with them against Henry VIII., conceded to Gardiner's delegate all
that he asked. Philips, sparing no expense to attain his end,[
accompanied by the imperial prosecutor and other officers of the emperor.
as important to arrest Tyndale without having recourse to the city authorities, and even without their knowledge. Had not the hanseatic judges the strange audacity to declare, in Harman's case, that they could not condemn a man without positive proof? Th
e monk, who probably had not gone to Brussels, undertook to reconnoitre the ground. One day, when Poyntz was sitting at his door, Gabriel went up to him and said: 'Is Master Tyndale at home? My master desires to call upon him.' They entered into conversation. Everything seemed to favor the monk's designs: he learnt that in three or four days Poyntz would be going to Bar-le-Duc, where he would remain about six weeks. It was just what Gabriel wanted, for he dreaded the piercing eye of the English merchant.
=TREACHERY OF PHILIPS.=
Shortly after this, Philips arrived in Antwerp with the prosecutor and h
is officers. The former went immediately to Poyntz's house, wh
the wife at home. 'Does Master Tyndale dine at home to-day?' he said. 'I have a great desire t
o dine with him. Have you anything good to give us?' 'What we can get in the market,' she replied laconically. 'Good, good,' said the perfidious papist as he turned away.
The new Judas hurried to meet the officers, and agreed with them upon the cour
se to be adopted. When the dinner-hour drew near, he said: 'Come along, I will deliver him to you.' The imperial prosecutor and his followers, with Philips and the monk, proceeded towards Poyntz's house, carefully noting everything and taking the necessary measures not to attract observation. The entrance to the house was by a long narrow passage. Philips placed some of the agents a little way down the
street; others, near the entrance of the alley. 'I shall come out with Tyndale,' he told the agents; 'and the man I point out with my finger, is the one you will seize.' With these words Philips ent
ered the house; it was about noon.
The creature was exceeding