John Foxe

John Foxe, 1516–87, English clergyman, author of the noted Book of Martyrs. He early became a Protestant and, when Mary Tudor became queen, he fled from England to Strasbourg. There was printed (1554), in Latin, the first part of his history of the persecution of Protestant reformers. Foxe moved to Basel and had published (1559) the first complete edition, in Latin, of his history. After Elizabeth's accession, an expanded English edition appeared (1563) entitled The Actes and Monuments of These Latter and Perilous Dayes. The work was commonly known as the Book of Martyrs, and its chief purpose was to praise the heroism and piety of the Protestant martyrs of Mary's reign. The book was widely read, and its influence was extensive, although as history it is highly prejudiced and not altogether trustworthy.

See J. F. Mozley, John Foxe and His Book (1940).

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The Elect Nation: The Meaning and Relevance of Foxe's Book of Martyrs
William Haller.
Harper & Row, 1963
Reformation Views of Church History
Glanmor Williams.
John Knox Press, 1970
Librarian’s tip: Chap. IV "The Consummation: John Foxe"
Staging Reform, Reforming the Stage: Protestantism and Popular Theater in Early Modern England
Huston Diehl.
Cornell University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "John Foxe's Book of Martyrs and the Dialectics of Reform" begins on p. 22
Foxes' Book of Martyrs and the Face of England
Loades, David.
History Today, Vol. 55, No. 12, December 2005
Racking the Body, Shaping the Text: The Account of Anne Askew in Foxe's "Book of Martyrs" (*)
Freeman, Thomas S.; Wall, Sarah Elizabeth.
Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 54, No. 4, Winter 2001
Historical Dictionary of the Elizabethan World: Britain, Ireland, Europe, and America
John A. Wagner.
Oryx Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Foxe, John (1516-1587)" begins on p. 115
John Foxe and the Jews [*]
Achinstein, Sharon.
Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 54, No. 1, Spring 2001
John Foxe: Exorcist
Sands, Kathleen R.
History Today, Vol. 51, No. 2, February 2001
"The Light of Printing": William Tyndale, John Foxe, John Day, and Early Modern Print Culture [*]
King, John N.
Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 54, No. 1, Spring 2001
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