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Martin Marprelate was the name used by the anonymous author or authors of the Marprelate tracts. These were raffishly satirical anti-episcopal pamphlets circulated illegally in Elizabethan England in 1588-89. Who 'Martin' really was, no one knows. Suspicion cost a Welshman, John Penry, his life: he was hanged in 1593; other suspects included Edward de Vere and Christopher Marlowe.
Men when commonly they dedicate bookes vnto any / enter into commendations of those vnto whom they write. But I care not an I owe you my cleargie masters a commendations / and pay you when you better deserue it. In stead thereof / I will giue you some good counsel & aduice / which if you followe / I assure you it will be the better for you.
The Marprelate tracts are available, original spelling and all, here.