John Foxe

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Foxe, John,

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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at the end of Elizabeth I's reign, and they are always viewed in relation to the contemporary Protestant martyrologists, especially John Bale and John Foxe.
This collection of essays is derived from papers presented at "John Foxe and His World: An Interdisciplinary Colloquium" (Ohio State University, 1999) and inspired by the John Foxe project, which aims to produce a modern critical edition of the Acts and Monuments.
They move from the providential writings of John Foxe to the critical analyses of the Protestant James Froude and of the Catholic John Lingard to the work of Levin, herself, who has contributed an important gender dimension to these interpretations.
A result of these fruitful discoveries has been the John Foxe Project directed by David Loades, who has overseen the release of a new edition of the Acts and Monuments on CD-ROM, while also editing two separate volumes of essays on the subject of Foxe.
Seven years have passed since the inception of the John Foxe Project--a long-term plan to produce a critical edition of the Acts and Monuments, funded by the British Academy.
Wall, "Editing Anne Askew's Examinations: John Bale, John Foxe, and Early Modern Textual Practices"; Deborah Burks, "Polemical Potency: The Witness of Word and Woodcut"; and David Loades, "Afterword: John Foxe in the Twenty-First Century.
Protestant apologists argued that England was destined to lead the world back to a primitive, pre-Roman-Catholic, Christian religion -- the true faith early brought to Britain - as John Foxe asserted -- by Joseph of Arimathea.
John Foxe, decades later, combined the thrust of the Pentecost service with Tyndale's rejection of charges of barbarism.
In contrast, the reprinting of her text by John Foxe, in his "Book of Martyrs," has been commended for its lack of editorial intervention.
Some of Rustici's claims are problematic: his argument that popess treatises were censored during Elizabeth's reign might explain the relative lack of texts published, yet John Foxe had much to say about Joan (for that matter, Rustici would have benefited from examining all four editions of the Acts and Monuments published in Foxe's lifetime, as opposed to the highly problematic Townsend edition of 1965).
Contrary to being simple polemical tracts, the works of John Foxe or Robert Persons "helped to produce, not merely to record, religious divisions" (3), while on a literary level, Monta writes, martyrologists, in their intense awareness of the interlap between their claims and others "foster[ed] particular methods of reading and interpretation" (5) in order to guide their audience to the proper understanding necessary to salvation.
Andrew Escobedo's "The Millennial Border Between Tradition and Innovation," puts Elizabethan martyrologist John Foxe alongside poet John Milton.