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Foxe's Book of Martyrs : Select Narratives



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'Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man: we shall this day light such a candle by God's grace in England, as, I trust, shall never be put out.'Hugh Latimer's famous words of consolation to Nicholas Ridley as they are both about to be burnt alive for heresy come from John Foxe's magisterial Acts and Monuments, popularly known as the Book of Martyrs. This vast collection of unforgettable accounts of religious persecution exerted as great aninfluence on early modern England and New England as the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer. It contains many stirring stories of the apprehension, interrogation, imprisonment, and execution of alleged heretics. The narratives not only attest to the fortitude of individuals who suffered for theirfaith not many years before the birth of Shakespeare, but they also constitute exciting tales filled with graphic details and verbal wit.This modernized selection also includes some of the famous woodcuts that illustrated the original text, as well as providing a comprehensive introduction to Foxe's life and times and the martyrology narrative.

Author Biography

John N. King is editor of Reformation and co-editor of Literature and History. His publications include English Reformation History: The Tudor Origins of the Protestant Tradition (Princeton UP, 1982), Milton and Religious Controversy: Satire and Polemic in Paradise Lost (CUP, 2000), and Foxe's Book of Martyrs and Early Modern Print Culture (CUP, 2006).

Table of Contents

Select Bibliography
Chronology of Foxe's Life and Times
Select Narratives
Thomas Bilney
William Tyndale
Anne Askew
John Roger
Lawrence Sanders
John Hooper
Rowland Taylor
Thomas Tomkins
William Hunter
Rawlins White
George Marsh
Thomas Haukes
John Bradford and John Leaf
Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley
Stephen Gardiner
John Philpot
Bartlett Green
Thomas Cranmer
The Guernsey Martyrs
Joan Waste
William Dangerfield
Richard Woodman
Rose Allin and other Colchester Martyrs
George Eagles
The Islington Martyrs
Prest's Wife
Edwin Sandys
Lady Elizabeth
Judgement Tales
Explanatory Notes
Glossary of Persons
Glossary of Places
Glossary of Words and Terms
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