[The name libellus has also been applied to another kind of document - to the letters given by confessors, or by those who were about to suffer martyrdom, to persons who had fallen, to be used to secure forgiveness for them from the authorities of the Church.
"You deceived me in saying she was a woman," writes one of her confessors; "she is a bearded man."
First in the period of " enthusiasm," the prophets; then the martyrs and confessors; finally the ascetics.
The first lay ministry since Edward the Confessors time came into office; Sir Thomas More became lord chancellor, and Anne Boleyns father lord privy seal; the only prominent cleric who remained in office was Stephen Gardiner, who succeeded Wolsey as bishop of Winchester.
Gaume's Manual for Confessors, abridged and "adapted to the use of the English Church."