Discourses of Martyrdom in English Literature, 1563-1694 by John R. KnottDiscourses of Martyrdom in English Literature, 1563-1694 by John R. Knott

Discourses of Martyrdom in English Literature, 1563-1694

byJohn R. Knott

Paperback | February 18, 2010

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Representations of persecution and martyrdom in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England helped shape a lasting ideal of Protestant heroism. This book shows how Protestant writers tried to recreate a drama of suffering learned from the Bible and from accounts of the primitive Church. It examines John Foxe's Acts and Monuments (the Book of Martyrs), second only to the Bible in importance for English Protestants of the period, revealing the subversive potential of the work by exploring how it furnished a discourse of martyrdom for those wishing to resist the authority of the Church. Professor Knott also traces Milton's complex negotiations with Foxe and ideas of martyrdom, and engages with the work of the Elizabethan Separatists, William Prynne, John Bunyan, the Quaker leader George Fox, and the hymn-writer Isaac Watts. This is an extensive treatment of the literature of persecution in Renaissance England.
John R. Knott is Professor of English, University of Michigan.
Title:Discourses of Martyrdom in English Literature, 1563-1694Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:February 18, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521131588

ISBN - 13:9780521131582


Table of Contents

1. John Rogers and the drama of martyrdom; 2. Heroic suffering; 3. The holy community; 4. Separatists and factious fellows; 5. Milton and martyrdom; 6. Bunyan and the language of martyrdom; 7. George Fox and Quaker sufferings; Epilogue: The hymns of Isaac Watts.