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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Foxe's Book of Martyrs

In 1563 John Foxe, the Protestant preacher and writer, published The Actes and Monuments of These Latter and Perillous Dayes, which became known as The Book of Martyrs. It was a rather gory account of the lives of Protestant martyrs and their forerunners and such was its scope it was the largest publishing project undertaken in England to that time.

Foxe substantially expanded The Book of Martyrs between 1563 and 1570 with several editions. For a 1583 printing Foxe added a "Discourse of the Bloody Massacre In France [St. Bartholomew's. Day, 1572]" and other short pieces.

After Foxe's death in 1587, The Book of Martyrs continued to be published and in 1610 brought the work "up to the time of King James." Later editions included the 1588 Spanish invasion  and the Gunpowder Plot.. The editor for the 1641 edition brought it to "the time of Charles, now King."

Sir Francis Drake took a copy of Foxe's Book of Martyrs with him on his voyages.

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