Robert Browne, who then was in his early thirties, lodged in this city of Norwich for a few months during the years 1580- 81. He was soon arrested and jailed, after which, in 1582, he emigrated to Middleburg in the Low Countries, where he published three books. Such are the salient facts about my subject this evening. Not much, is it? End of story? End of paper? Far from it. In 1583 â€“ remember the aforementioned dates, 1580-1582 â€“ in 1583, Elias Thacker and John Coppin were hanged at Bury St Edmunds, hanged with Browneâ€™s books tied about their necks. Their crime? They had read, and led others to read, Browneâ€™s writings.