Foxes Book of Martyrs: Select Narratives

Paperback | April 12, 2009

byJohn FoxeEditorJohn N. King

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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.

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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 kno...

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 C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.03 inPublished:April 12, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199236844

ISBN - 13:9780199236848

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IntroductionSelect BibliographyChronology of Foxe's Life and TimesSelect Narratives1. Thomas Bilney2. William Tyndale3. Anne Askew4. John Roger5. Lawrence Sanders6. John Hooper7. Rowland Taylor8. Thomas Tomkins9. William Hunter10. Rawlins White11. George Marsh12. Thomas Haukes13. John Bradford and John Leaf14. Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley15. Stephen Gardiner16. John Philpot17. Bartlett Green18. Thomas Cranmer19. The Guernsey Martyrs20. Joan Waste21. William Dangerfield22. Richard Woodman23. Rose Allin and other Colchester Martyrs24. George Eagles25. The Islington Martyrs26. Prest's Wife27. Edwin Sandys28. Lady Elizabeth29. Judgement TalesExplanatory NotesGlossary of PersonsGlossary of PlacesGlossary of Words and TermsIndex