Crasset, Jean (1618-1692)
The history of the Church of Japan.1705-1707. 2 vols.
THE HISTORY OF THE Church of Japan. Written Originally in FRENCH By Monsieur L'ABBE de T. AND NOW Translated into ENGLISH. By N. N. Volume I [-II].
LONDON, Printed in the Year MDCCV[-MDCCVII] [1705-1707].
Volume I. , , 544,  p. 23 cm.
Volume II. , , 549,  p. 23 cm.
THE PREFACE. Touching the Credibility of this History, and why no mention is made of Miracles.
The Heads of the Books contain'd in this First Volume.
A Description of Japan, wherein is an account of the manners and customs of the Country.
The First Book.
The CONTENTS. Certain Portugueze Merchants bring to St. Francis Xaverius a Japonian, sore tormented in Conscience. The Father resolves to go and Preach the Gospel in his Country. He arrives there in despite of all opposition both from men and Devils. He's favourably receiv'd by the King of Saxuma, but afterwards by the Bonzies Persecution, is forced to leave the Country, and retire to Firando, where he Preaches with good success. He disputes with the Bonzies, in presence of the King of Amanguchi and his Court. He goes to Meaco, the Seat of the Empire, to obtain leave to Preach through all Japan. He travels on foot, and suffers extreamly on the way. Noc being able to obtain Audience of the Emperor, he returns to Amanguchi, and renews his Disputes with the Bonzies before the King, touching the Articles of our Belief. Difficulties against Religion propos'd to St. Francis Xaverius. Why the Saint set not down his Answers in Writing.
The Second Book.
The CONTENTS. St. Francis Xaverius leaves Amanguchi, and goes for Bungo. The Portugueze perswade him to make a Glorious appearance before the King. His march and publick entrance into the Palace. The King receives him with great Honour, and makes him eat with him at his own Table. The Father studies to Convert him. He makes him a discourse in favour of the Poor, and Preaches in publick places. The Conversion of a famous Bonzie. The Learnedest of those Schools Disputes with him before the King, and is Baffl'd. A tumult against the Saint. The Portuguezes save themselves in their Ships, and labour in vain to rescue the Father out of the Danger. The Captain of the Ship returns again to the Town, and resolves to die with him. The Sedition appeas'd, the St. renews his disputes with the Bonzies. He answers their difficulties and proves the principal Mysteries of our Faith. A discourse about the Existence and Unity of a God. Why he permitted the first Angel, and first Man to Fall. That it was convenient he shou'd become Man, and Die on a Cross for our Salvation. Why he left Japan so long in darkness. Questions propos'd by the Bonzies of Amanguchi, to Father Cosmus de Torres, Companion to St. Francis Xaverius. Of the Nature of a Soul, of the Existence and Unity of God; what the Devil is, why God permits him to tempt us, why Man is subject to so many Miseries, of the Eternity of the Pains of Hell. The King of Amanguchi's death, and desolation of the Town. The Jesuites sav'd in the slaughter. The King of Bungo's Brother chosen King of Amanguchi. St. Francis Xaverius takes leave of the King of Bungo, and returns to the Indies.
The Third Book.
The CONTENTS. The King of Bungo's good and ill qualities. In his Youth he does a good Office to the Portugueze. He favours the Christians but will not be one himself. He puts himself under the conduct of the Bonzies, but is not satisfy'd. St. Francis Xaverius sends some Religious of his own order to Japan. They repair to Amanguchi, and appoint rules for the new Converts. The King of Bungo gives the Fathers leave to build a Church, and Preach through all his States. The Church of Amanguchi more flourishing than that of Bungo. The Governor of Amanguchi, together with two of his Children receive Baptism. A memorable Conversion of two Bonzies. New troubles at Bungo. Several Lords take up Arms against the King. The Rebels taken and put to death. A second desolation of the City of Amanguchi. It's Besieg'd and the King Slain. Disturbances in Bungo. Father Provincial of the Indies imbarks for Japan. He receives Letters from the King of Firando. He waits on the King of Bungo, but his Infirmities oblige him to return again to the Indies. The King of Bungo revenges his Brother the King of Amanguchi's death. Three Hospitals founded in Funay. The state and condition of the Church at Firando. The Fathers persecuted by the Bonzies. Father Gaspar Villela obliged to quit Firando, and return to Bungo. The Proto-Martyr of Japan. Facata Besieged. What dangers the Fathers were in there. The Mission of Meaco. The Bonzies Letter to Father Torres. Father Villela goes to Meaco. He visits Mount Frenoxama, inhabited by the Bonzies; from thence he goes to the Royal City and Preaches in the Market-place. He's opposed by the Bonzies. Several of these are converted. He's obliged by the Persecution to leave Meaco.
The Fourth Book.
The CONTENTS. Father Baltazar Gago returns to the Indies. Brother Almeida visits the Churches, and Converts abundance of Idolaters. The fervour of the Christians at Bungo. Father Villela makes an excursion to Sacay, where he Preach'd and Converted the chief inhabitants of the Town. Troubles at Meaco. Father Villela returns thither, and Preaches with his Brethren, who were lately sent to his aid. A Persecution raised by the Bonzies against the Christians of Meaco. A memorable Conversion of three Powerfull Lords. Father Villela visits Mioxindono. Brother Almeida goes to the Kingdom of Cangaxima. He visits the Fortress of Hexandono, and waits on the King of Saxuma. The King of Omura demands some Preachers, and how he came to the Crown. Father Torres goes to Firando, and what he did there. The King of Omura professes himself a Christian. The King of Arima his Brother, orders the Gospel to be Preached through all his States. The King of Omura Baptized. His zeal after Baptism, a solemn Feast amongst the Heathens in Memory of the Dead. A strange Revolution in the Kingdoms of Arima, and Omura. The City of Omura burnt and the King narrowly escap'd. The King of Arima Banish'd out of his Kingdom. The Fathers save themselves in the Ships. The King of Omura Besieg'd in his Fortress. He subdues his Enemies. Brother Edward Sylva's Death. The King of Arima sends for Father Torres. The Church and House of the Jesuits burnt. Father Villela returns to Meaco with Father Froes. The inomparable resolution of a Lady of Quality. Father Froes after many dangers arrives at Meaco. The Cubo's Father-in-Law Visits the Fathers and eats with them.
The Fifth Book.
The CONTENTS. The Lords of Japan visit the Cubo in the beginning of every Year. What Honour they pay him, and how they are receiv'd. Father Villela and Father Froes go to pay him their respects. They are kindly entertain'd. Two Ministers of State revolt from the Cubo. Mioxindono's Treason. The Cubo flies and returns afterwards to his Palace. He's kill'd by the Rebels. The Empress his Lady beheaded, her Letter to the Rebels before her Death. The Jesuits banish'd from Meaco, and retire to Sacay. Father Villela call'd back to Bungo. Nobunanga's Character. He raises an Army to establish the Cubo's Brother on the Throne. He creates Vatadono his Lieutenant General. His, and the Rebels Army meet before Sacay. An admirable effect of Christian Charity. Vatadono fights and cuts off the Rebels. Nobunanga makes himself Master of Meaco, and rebuilds the Palace. Vatadono labours to re-establish Father Froes at Meaco. The same Father visits Nobunanga, and bids all the Bonzies defiance. He obtains Letters from the Cubo, to Re-establish the Father. He disputes with a Bonzie in presence of Nobunanga. A discourse about the Immortality of the Soul. The Bonzie's Second attempt against Father Froes. He writes an insolent Letter to Vatadono. The Father's obliged to make his complaints to Nobunanga, in the Kingdom of Mino. The King receives him very honourably, but Vatadono by the Bonzies Malice is disgrac'd. The truth comes out and he returns again into favour. The two Rebels renew the War against Nobunanga, and are defeated. Vatadono's deplorable death. Nobunanga Murthers all the Bonzies of Frenoxama, and burns their Monasteries. The State of the Church at Bungo and Firando. A Sea fight. Brother Fernandez's death. The Fathers Mission into the Kingdom of Gotto. Brother Almeida and Brother Laurence Preach before the King, and Almeida cures him of a dangerous distemper. Several Persons of Quality Converted. One of the Lords revolts from the King. The Christians distinguish themselves in the combate, and gain the Victory. The King of Gotto's Son receives Baptism. The Jesuits hold a Provincial Congregation. Father Torres's Death and Elogium. The Bonzies level at Don Lewis's life. The admirable resolution of a young child. Brother Lewis Almeida forced by the Persecution to leave the Istands of Amacusa. The great constancy of Don Lewis, Son to the King of Gotto. All the Christians (the Children not excepted) desire to die for the Faith. Father Valignan
s generous resolution. Father Cabral visits Nobunanga, he sends back Father Lopes to the Indies. The wonderfull Conversion of a wicked Bonzie.
The Sixth Book.
The CONTENTS. The Cubo at variance with Nobunanga; he prepares for War, and rejects all terms of Accommodation. Nobunanga comes before Meaco with a puisant Army, takes and plunders the Town. The Cubo degraded. What danger Father Froes was in, during these Troubles. Troubles at Omura. Don Bartholomew Besieg'd. He beats the Enemy, and roots Idolatry out of his States. The King of Bungo's second Son Baptiz'd; he pulls down the Idols, and mortifies the Bonzies. A memorable History of the Conversion of Chicatora, Nephew to the Queen of Bungo. She resolves to put the Fathers to death. Don Sebastian Son to the King of Bungo, with abundance of other Gentry and Ladies, go to the Church to die with them. The King declares his esteem for the Fathers, and threatens their Enemies with his just indignation. He turns over the Government to his Son, and withdraws to solitude. Chicatora Banish'd from Court. The King Revenges his Quarrel, and divorces his Wife. He Marries another, and receives Baptism. The Prince his Son favours the Fathers, and had a mind to turn Christian. The King of Saxuma declares War against him, and defeats him in Battle. Chicatora kill'd in the Combat. The Kings of Tosa and Arima Baptiz'd. The latter dies soon after Baptism. The Island of Amacusa entirely Converted. The new King of Arima becomes Christian. He founds the Jesuites a College. The State of the Church at Meaco. Nobunanga still favourable to the Fathers, and severe to the Bonzies. He holds a private Conference with the Fathers about Religion. Father Organtin's Christian Protestation. Nobunanga's Pride. A League against him. Justo Ucondono reduc'd to great extremity. What he did to save his Honour, and Conscience. New disturbances in Bungo. The new King betrays his Conscience, and is punish'd for his Apostacy. The constancy of Don Francis his Father. He makes three Vows touching Religion. A College and Noviceship founded in his Kingdom. He is forc'd to take upon him the Administration of the Government. His third Son becomes Christian. The Queen of Finga Baptiz'd with her Children. Don Anthony dies, and God protects Don Bartholomew. A disorder at Nangasaqui, and the delinquents punish'd. Father Valignan goes to Meaco, and is kindly receiv'd. by Nobunanga. A noble Carousal of this Prince. He gives leave to Erect a Seminary at Anzuquiama. Father Organtin Preaches there with good success. The Precept of Chastity, appears harsh to the Infidels, and hinders the great ones from receiving the Faith. The Martyrdom of a young Japonian. The posture of Religion in Japan.
The Seventh Book.
The CONTENTS. Three Kings of Japan send Embassadours to the Pope, to render him Obedience in their Names. They Embark at Nangasaqui, and narrowly escape drowning in a terrible Storm. They Arrive at Goa, thence to St. Helen's, and so to Lisbon. Their Entrance into Lisbon. They are receiv'd at Ebora by the Arch-bishop, and Arrive at Madrid, where the King of Spain did them extraordinary Honours. They pass into Italy, and Arrive at Rome, where they make a publick Entrance, and are Conducted to Audience of the Pope. The Letters of the three Kings of Japan are read publickly in the Consistory. The Harangue of Father Gaspar Gonzalez pronounc'd in the Consistory, in the Name of the three Kings and their Embassadours. The Answer of Monsieur Bocapaduli in the Name of the Pope to the Embassadours. Honours done them by the City of Rome. The death of Pope Gregory the XIII. Sixtus Quintus succeeds him, and expresses great tenderness to the Japonian Lords. They take leave of the Pope, and go to Venice. The Republick Treats them with great Magnificence. They pass thro' Mantua and Milan, and Embark at Genoa. Being Arriv'd at Madrid, they took leave of the King of Spain, and so repair'd to Lisbon, whence they parted to the Indies. They Arrive at Goa, and so at Japan. The fruits of this Embassy.
The Eighth Book.
The CONTENTS. Nobunanga would be Ador'd as a God. He builds a Temple, and sets his own Statue in it, and Commanded all his Subjects to Adore it. A Conspiracy is form'd against him, where of Aquechi was head. Nobunanga and his Eldest Son are kill'd. His City of Anzuquiama is Pillag'd. A League against Aquechi. He's Defeated and Slain. Faxiba declares himself Governour of the Empire. He favours the Christians. The State of Bungo. The Tyrant Riozogi makes War against the Kings of Arima, and Omura. He's Kill'd in the Combat. The Piety of Don Protase King of Arima. The inviolable Fidelity of Don Bartholomew's three Children. The favour of Don Pantalion, third Son to the King of Bungo. The death of Brother Lewis Almeida, and his Labours. Justo Ucondono's Zeal. Faxiba Besieges Nobunanga's third Son, and pardons him. His Power and Ambition. He calls himself Cambacundono. Father Provincial makes him a Visit, and is well receiv'd. He discourses familiarly with the Fathers, and discovers his designs, he grants them very favourable Letters. The King of Amanguchi acknowledges Cambacundono for his Soveraign, and permits the Fathers to Preach in his Kingdom. A terrible Earthquake. Don Francis's Retreat. The King of Saxuma makes War against his Son. He enters Bungo, and wasts the Country. The Towns of Vosuqui and Funay taken and Pillag'd. Don Simon Condera comes to the King of Bungo's Assistance. He receives Baptism. He recovers his Kingdom. But Cambacundono makes himself Master of all Ximo. All the Kings submit to his Power, and he disposes of their Kingdoms. The death of Don Bartholomew King of Omura, as also of Don Francis King of Bungo. Their Funerals and Elegies.
The Ninth Book.
The CONTENTS. The State of Religion in the Year 1587. The Occasion of the Persecution. Cambacundono turns suddainly against the Christians, and the reasons for his change. Justo Ucondono, and his Family Banish'd for the Faith. Don Austin retires into his Government. The Emperour's Edict against the Fathers, and Christians. The Provincial Assembles his Religious at Firando, and what is there resolv'd on. Don Austin does great service to the Church. The constancy of some Christian Ladies. The admirable Conversion of the Queen of Tango. She steals out of the Palace in disguise to hear the Fathers Preach. Seventeen Ladies of the Court become Christians. The Fathers being Banish'd, she's Baptiz'd by one of the Maids of Honour. The King her Husband treats her hardly. She remains constant to Death. The King of Bungo persecutes the Christians. The constancy of Don Paul, a Captain in great Repute. A Conspiracy against him. He becomes greater than before. The Emperour makes him Eat with him at his own Table, and discards the King of Bungo from Court, who had endeavour'd to render him odious. A new Conspiracy against him, but without effect. The Martyrdom of an Ancient Christian. Cambacundono pulls down the Churches. The admirable Zeal of Don Protase. The Fathers resolve to lie bid for a time. The fervour of the Christians in time of Persecution. The posture of Affairs in Gotto. The Martyrdom of a Christian Woman devoted to the Holy Cross. Don Protase under hard circumstances. Cambacundono oblig'd all the Kings to come and pay him Homage. He lays a design of Conquering China. His Policy to keep his Government quiet. A miraculous Cross found in the Kingdom of Arima. Father Cuello's death. Father Valignan Arrives at Japan with the four Embassadours. He sends Advice of it to the Emperour. Cambacundono makes himself Master of Nangasaqui. The Island of Amacusa revolts from him. Tondo Besieg'd. Three Hundred Women fight on the breach, and repulse the Enemy. They're all cut to pieces, and the Town taken by Assault. Constantine King of Bungo becomes Penitent, and acknowledges his fault. The State of Religion at Meaco, and thereabouts. A young Christian disputes with a Bonzie. The State of the Society of Jesus in Japan. Reasons to think the Emperour won'd revoke his Edict.
The Tenth Book.
The CONTENTS. Father Valignan goes to Court with the four Embassadors. Constantine King of Bungo reconcil'd to the Church. The Emperour speaks slightingly of the Embassy. The Father makes a most solemn entrance into Meaco. He waits on the Emperour with his retinue, and is kindly receiv'd. He desires to keep Don Mancio in his service, but the young man excuses himself. The Father is visited by all the Great ones of the Empire. He leaves Meaco and Arrives at Firando, where he is visited by the Princess, Daughter to Don Bartholomew. Don Protase King of Arima receives the Popes presents with a profound respect. A new persecution against the Christians. The four Embassadors enter into the Society of Jesus. The Emperors Answer to the Vice-Roy of the Indies. The Embassy still suspected, but afterwards receiv'd. The Governour of Meaco favours the Fathers and procures the letters to be changed, as dishonourable to the Vice-Roy. Cambacundono lays a design of conquering China. He leaves the Government of Japan to his Nephew. He declares War against the King of Corea, and creates Don Austin his Lieutenant General. Don Austin penetrates into the Country, and gains signal Victories. Justo Ucondono restored to the Emperor's favour. Don Austin conquers the Capital City of the Kingdom. The Emperour's Treachery towards him. A Persecution raised against the Christians by a Spaniard. Father Valignan returns to the Indies, and Baptizes the King of Juga before his departure. The War in Corea fatal to Japan. Peace concluded betwixt them and the Coreans. The Church of Nangasaqui Re-establish'd. A new Embassy from the Governour of the Philippines, by four Religious of St. Francis's Order. The Emperour forbids them to Preach in Japan, and permits Father Organtin to settle at Meaco. He grows jealous of his Nephew. The Fathers of St. Francis build a Convent and Church at Meaco, and Ozaca. They attempt to build a third at Nangasaqui, and are Banish'd. The good and ill qualities of Cambacundono, Nephew to the Emperour Taycosama. What occasion'd mis-understandings betwixt them. The Emperour and Empress go to Visit him. A Description of their publick Entrance. What happen'd at Meaco during their stay. The Emperour returns to Fuximi, and Invites his Nephew to a Ball. He summons him to a personal Appearance. He Banishes him into a Monastery of the Bonzies. The Tragical end of Cambacundono, and his followers. The barbarous cruelty of the Emperour. The posture of Religion in Omura and Corea. The fervour of the Christians at Arima. A Conspiracy against Don Austin, but without effect.
The Heads of the Books contain'd in this Second Volume.
The Eleventh Book.
The CONTENTS. The Bishop of Japan arrives at Nangasaqui, and goes to Court. An Embassy from the Emperour of China. One of the Chineze Embassadors makes his Escape. Preparations to receive the other with great Honour. A horrible Earthquake. The Chineze Embassador ill treated by Taycosama, and the War in Corey renew'd. The Death of Princess Maxenca, Sister to King of Arima. A bloody Persecution rais'd against three Christians. The Causes of this Persecution. The Religious of St. Francis accus'd by a Traytor. The vain Imprudence of a Spanish Captain. The Religious imprison'd. Father Organtin desires to be of that Number. The Jesuits under Guard. All the Christians prepare for Martyrdom. Father Baptist's and Father Organtin's edifying Letters. Justo Vcondono prepares himself to die. The admirable Fervour of the Governour of Meaco's two Sons, and other Christians. The heroical Courage of some Christian Ladies, and several young Children. Taycosama declares he did not comprehend the Jesuites in the Sentence of Death. Six Religious of St. Francis, Three Jesuites, and Thirteen Christians condemn'd to be crucifi'd. Orders are given to the Governour of Nangasaqui to crucify the Prisoners. They cut off the Ends of their Ears, and drag them ignominiously thro' the Streets of Meaco, Ozaca, and Sacay, and so conduct them to Nangasaqui. Father Comissary writes to the Rector of the College. Two Fathers of the Society visit the Prisoners. The Discourse between Father Commissary and Father Rodriguez. The Twenty Six Prisoners led to the Place of Execution and crucified. Brother James Kissai's Devotion. Brother Paul Michi's Zeal, Birth, Manners, and Harrangue from the Cross. The rare Qualities of Brother John de Gotto. The admirable Constancy of some young Children. The Death of Father Commissary and his Companions.
The Twelfth Book.
The CONTENTS. Taycosama renews the War in Corey. A new Embassy from the Philippins. The Governour's Edict against the Jesuites. The Bishop of Japan and some other Fathers die. The Christians Churches demolish'd. Eleven Jesuites sent to China. Two Recollects arrive at Japan from the Philippins. Taycosama falls sick. He studies to secure the Empire for his Son. He commands to rank him amongst the Gods. His Death and Funerals. A Division happens amongst the Regents of the Empire. The Jesuites persecuted at Nangasaqui and Firando. They convert several thousand Idolaters. Taycosama rank'd amongst the Gods. The Queen of Omura's Death. A League amongst the nine Governours against Dayfusama. Troubles in the Kingdom of Ximo. What Danger the Jesuites were in. Don Austin's tragical End. His Elogium and Funerals. They put to Death his only Son. Dafusama distributes the Kingdoms amongst the Lords of his Party. New troubles in Ximo. The Christians persecuted at Fingo. Dayfusama takes the name of Cubosama and begins a new Persecution. The State of the Society in Japan. The two noble Japonians Don John and Don Simon both martyr'd. The Lady Jane Don Simon's Mother, Agnes his Spouse, Magdalen Don John's Lady, and Lewis his Son all martyr'd. The Cavalier that beheaded Don John converted.
The Thirteenth Book.
The CONTENTS. The Posture of the Church and State in Japan. New Persecutions rais'd by Tarazaba Governour of Nangasaqui. The admirable Constancy of a young Christian Gentleman. A memorable Example of Piety in three Children to their Mother. The Cubo makes himself Master of the Empire. The flourishing Condition of the Church in Japan. The indiscreet Vanity of some Spaniards. Great Honour paid to the Blessed Sacrament at Nangasaqui. The three Gifiacques put in Prison. Their Letter to the Provincial of the Jesuites. Joachim and blind Damien die. The Life and Death of Princess Maxenca. The Bishop of Japan visits the Cubo. Troubles at Meaco and Ozaca. Father Alexander Valignan dies. A Tempest laid by a Vow to the blessed Virgin. Father Provincial visits the Emperour, and is kindly receiv'd. A Description of Jedo the Capital of the Empire. The Father goes thither to visit the Xogune. The Gifiacques Prison. The Constancy of a Christian burnt alive. A Strife between two who should suffer Death. The Japonians ridiculous Superstitions. The Martyrdom of a brave Cavalier call'd Leo. The Gifiacques and their Children put to Death. Three other Prisoners of Quality put to Death for the Faith. A Sea Battle between the Portuguese and Japonians. The Cubo and Prince Fideyori have an Interview. The Zeal of a little Child of four Years of Age. Father Ito Mantio Head of the Japonian Embassy to Rome, dies.
The Fourteenth Book.
The CONTENTS. The Occasions of this new Persecution against the Christians, and how the Emperour banish'd them from his Court. The admirable Constancy of some great Lords banish'd for their Faith. Two Brothers desire extremely to suffer Martyrdom. The invincible Courage of some Christian Ladies. Prince John's Death. The Kind of Arima his Son barbarously persecutes the poor Christians. He banishes the Jesuites out of his Dominions. The admirable Resolution of the Christians of Arima, and particularly in some Children. They erect a Confraternity of Martyrs. The famous Captain Thomas with his Wife and Children put to Death for the Faith. The perfidious King of Arima having procur'd his Father's Death, murthers his two Brothers. The admirable Constancy of Princess Justa Mother to these two Children. The Christians persecuted at Arima and Jedo. Eight Christians condemn'd by the King of Arima to be burnt by a slow Fire for the Faith. All Religious banish'd from Meaco, Fuximi, and Ozaca. The Christians of Meaco's noble Resolutions. The Emperour's Edict against the Christians. Martyrs of the Church of Firoxima, Bungo, Facata, Chicugen, and Fingo. The Persecution renew'd in Arima. Father Lewis Cerqueria Bishop of Japan dies. The great Fervour of the Christians at Nangasaqui. All Christians banish'd out of Japan, and amongst the Rest, Justo Vcondono and his Family. He arrives at Manila, and is honourably receiv'd by the Governour. His Death and Funerals. New Tortures invented against the Christians of Arima and Chuquinozu. The Persecution ceases for a Time.
The Fifteenth Book.
The CONTENTS. The Emperour makes War against Prince Fideyori and besieges him in Ozaca. He defends himself and raises the Siege. Cubosama besieges him a second Time and by a tragical Accident makes himself Master of the Place. Prince Fideyori disappears. The Cubosama's Death. Reflexions upon the State of the Church in Japan. The Missioners Employ in Time of Persecution. Paul Tarrosuque and several Religious martyr'd. A Christian disputes against sixty Bonzes. A Christian gives Relations of what Torments he suffer'd for the Faith. Divers Combats on Account of Religion. The Martyrdom of Brother Leonard Quimura Jesuit. Eleven Christians beheaded at Nangasaqui, Brother Ambrose Fernandez's Death, and what the Christians endur'd in Omura Prisons. Two Persons of Quality martyr'd. Fifty two Christians burnt alive at Meaco. The memorable Actions of some of these Martyrs. Ignatius Xiquiemon condemn'd to be burnt. The Missioners Employ in the Persecution. The invincible Courage of a Christian call'd Matthias in his Torments. Five Christians crucify'd in Bugen. Several others martyr'd at Nangasaqui. The Martyrdom of a noble Cavalier call'd Leo Nonda Rifioye. Several Remarkable Effects of Grace in divers Countries. The wonderful Constancy of a Child tormented by his Apostat Father. Joachim and his Wife Ann being far advanc'd in Years are both martyr'd. The Xogune's new Edicts against Christians. Two Religious, the one of St. Francis, the other of St. Dominick's Order both burnt alive and thirteen Christians beheaded.
The Sixteenth Book.
The CONTENTS. Twenty one Religious and thirty Seculars put to Death for the Faith. Father Spinola's Harangue before he was burnt. The admirable Constancy of a young Child of four Years old. An Epitome of Father Spinola and Father Quimuras's Lives. Anthony Sanga and his two Children martyr'd. Eight other Religious and six Seculars put to Death at Omura. The noble Constancy of some Christian Ladies. The Martyrdom of Father Camillus Constantius Jesuite. An Account of several other Martyrs. The strange Courage of a young Child. Father Paul Navar Jesuite put in Prison. His Conference with the Tono. He's Martyr'd with three more Companions. The true State of the Japonian Monarchy. A new Persecution. Fifty Chirstians burnt alive at Jedo. An Epitome of the Lives of Father Jerome de Angelis, and Brother Simon Jempo Jesuits. A Persecution begun in Massamune's Country. The Imprisonment of Father James Caravail Jesuite. His Death and that of his Companions. An Epitome of his Life. The glorious Death of Mr. Francis Joioma Sintaro. His rare Vertues and Constancy. An Embassy from the Governour of the Philippins to the new Xogune. All Strangers banish'd out of Japan. Some Christian Ladies of Figen and Firando tormented and put to Death. A whole Family in the Island of Iquisama put to Death for the Faith. Isabella Damien the Martyrs Mother, Beatrix his Spouse, and their four Children all put to Death. The Passion of Mary Widow to John Sunamote and her Children with several other Persons of Quality. A memorable Action of a young Christian. Another Father Caravaille of the Society and some more Religious put to Death. An Abstract of Father Caravaille's Life. Leo Misaqui and his three Children all put to Death.
The Seventeenth Book.
The CONTENTS. The State of the Church and Empire of Japan. James Cairi, Caius a Coreyan, Organtin and his Wife all burnt by a slow Fire. Forty two Christians put in Prison. A Lady of Quality put to Death by her Relations. Thirty two Christians burnt alive. Fifty more beheaded. Nine Religious of the Society taken and burnt by a slow Fire. An Epitome of the Lives of Father Francis Pacieco Provincial of the Jesuits, Father John Baptist Zola, Father Baltazar de Torres and their Companions who were all martyr'd. The Prisoners of Ximabara convert their Guards. The Death and noble Exploits of Father John Baptist Bacza Jesuite. An Epitome of Father Gaspar de Castro's Life. Cruelties us'd to some Christian Women. John Naisen yields to the Tyrant, and afterwards acknowledges his Fault. They search after Religious to put them to Death. A Person of Note burnt for his Faith.
The Eighteenth Book.
The CONTENTS. They invent new Cruelties to exercise on the Christians. The invincible Constancy of two young Christians. They torment them extremely at Ximabara and Chicunozu. Horrible Cruelties us'd to Persons of Quality. New Torments inflicted on the Christians of Aria and Arima. Some memorable Exploits of little Children. The marvelous Constancy of an old Man of Seventy two Years of Age. Fifteen Christians dipp'd in the Sea in the middle of Winter. They carry others to the hot burning Waters of Vngen. Several young Christian Ladies and others horribly tormented. Ten Christians dipp'd in the hot Baths of Vngen. The glorious Combats of Leonard Massudandezo.
The Nineteenth Book.
The CONTENTS. Several Christians of Quality put to Death for the Faith. They behead a Boy of five Years old, and a Girl of one. Simon Jacafuxias's Martyrdom. Some Gentlemen of the Court with their Wives and Children die couragiously for Jesus Christ. A new Persecution rais'd at Nangasaqui against the Christians. Some admirable Examples of Fidelity and Constancy. Father Iscida of the Society and three Religious of St. Austin's Order put in Prison. Father Iscida's Letter of his Imprisonment. Some other Religious taken Prisoners. Father Iscida's Torments and Death. James Macaximi, and Mary his Mother endure the Fire with great Constancy. Agatha his Wife grows disconsolate because she is not condemn'd to the same Torment. Her three Children put to Death with Leo their Grandfather. Seventy three Christians martyr'd at Omura. The Christians of Jacar tormented divers Ways. New Torments invented by the Tyrants. Unheard of Cruelties exercis'd on little Children. Fifty Christians cruelly tormented at Ximabara. Five Apostates acknowledge their Fault and die Martyrs. God's Judgment upon the Tyrant Bugendono.
The Twentieth Book.
The CONTENTS. The Xogune Emperour dies. A new Torment try'd upon the Christians. Father Anthony Giarmon and some other Jesuites put to Death. Several Japonian Jesuites burnt alive, or condemn'd to the Pit. Father Bennet Fernandez and some other Religious hung in the Pit with their Heads downward. The Martyrdom of Father Acosta and two other Jesuits. Father Julian Nicaura of the Society of Jesus, of the Blood Royal, and one of the four Embassadours to Rome, hung in the Pit and dies for the Faith. Four more Jesuites executed with him. The admirable Death of Father Cauros Provincial of the Jesuites, and Administrator of the Bishoprick. The glorious Martyrdom of Father Sebastian Vieira and five more of his Companions. Father Vieira's edifying Letters. The Xogune startled by reading the Father's Writings. Father James Yuqui's Death. An Account of the Life and Death of Father Marcellus Francis Mastrilli. St. Francis Xaverius works a strange Miracle in his Person. The admirable Vertues of Father Cassui a Japonian. A Revolt of the Christians at Arima. Four Portuguese Embassadors beheaded at Nangasaqui. The glorious Martyrdom of Father Anthony Rubins and four more of his Companions. An Epitome of his Life, and that of Father Mecinque a Polonian Father James Morales, Father Anthony Capecy, and Father Francis Marquez. The Martyrdom of an Apostate Priest. Father Marini's Letters to Father Rhodes. The Emperor's Death. The Martyrdom of an Apostate Jesuite. Reflections upon this History.
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CORDIER, col. 400. TENRI I, 173. CHR. MISSIONS II, 179. LAURES, 564. TOYO BUNKO, p. 138. NIPPONALIA I, 1688. BLUM I, 488. YOKOYAMA, 2. TENRI IV, 276.