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and four years later was appointed Civil Law Lecturer, becoming Principal of Broadgates Hall (afterwards Pembroke College) in 1537. This post he resigned two years later, but got his D.C.L. degree before doing so. In 1544 he was in Boulogne and rendered great services during the siege in the administration of the Civil Law. As a reward for his services he received a fresh patent for his office at Oxford and ranks as the first Regius Professor of Civil Law at the University. Soon after the boy Edward VI. came to the throne Story recanted his Romanist opinions, but this secession was only temporary. He strongly opposed the Act of Uniformity and caused a great sensation in the House by exclaiming, during the debate, " Woe unto the land whose king is a child! " For this he was thrown into the Tower and thus provided the first known instance of the Commons punishing one of their own members. In time he made submission and was released, but thought it advisable to get out of England, so he retired to Louvain until Mary came to the throne. Lady Jane Grey safe in the Tower he at once came back, was restored to his Professorship and a month later was elected M.P. for East Grinstead. He soon resigned his Oxford appointment and became the most active of all the Queen's agents in bringing heretics to trial and the stake. Foxe, in his " Book of Martyrs," says he " consumed to ashes two or three hundred blessed martyrs," and applies to him some of the strongest epithets which he uses throughout the work, such as "bloody tyrant," "bloody persecutor" and "bloody Nimrod." In 1555 he was appointed Queen's Proctor for the trial of Cranmer. On Elizabeth's accession he renounced all foreign jurisdictions, but in 1559 he made a speech glorying in what he had done during Mary's reign and quickly found himself in the Fleet prison. But only for a time. Liberty, however, was almost as brief and his next compulsory home was the Marshalsea. From here he escaped to the Spanish embassy and was smuggled away to Flanders. Philip II. granted him a pension, the Duke of Alva put him into office and he established the Inquisition in Antwerp.
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