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Original name book: Foxe's Book of Martyrs: Select Narratives (Oxford World's Classics)

Pages: 336

Language: English

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (June 15, 2009)


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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 an influence 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. Based on a new transcription of the last edition overseen by John Foxe, this new edition includes a full introduction to Foxe and his times, the religious conflicts, and the nature of martyrological narratives. The text is further enhanced by 21 of the original woodcut illustrations, glossaries of people, places, and words, a general index, and notes explaining allusions and identifying scriptural quotations.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

John N. King is Distinguished University Professor and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies at Ohio State University.

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Customer Reviews
  • By B. Marold on February 19, 2013

    For 300 years, from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century, this was perhaps the second most popular book in England on religion, next to the Bible. The Book of Martyrs is an abridgment, which contains primarily those Protestant martyrs of the Catholic reigns in England in the 16th century, mostly at the behest of Queen Mary, "Bloody Mary."It is not impossible that we may be surprised that many of the events recorded in these stories is factual; however it is best to treat all the stories much like we might treat the first six chapters of Daniel. They are literally "stories" about martyrs, not a history. But there is much lore, probably "made up" which does ont appear, as with the story of George Marsh who stamped his foot so hard it made an impression in the stone.From what I can see, this is not the most expensive Kindle edition; however this edition, published by Oxford, limits itself to the English martyrs of the 16th century, while the longer edition has few of these, preferring to bring in information which John Fox would have only in second and third hand accounts. In fact, the overlap between these two editions may be so small that it is worth having both.But, if what you want is Anglican history, this is the one you want.

  • By HOTSHOT on May 17, 2014

    There seem to be MANY editions of Foxe's Book of Martyrs. But, so far, this is the only one I found up to date that has "the wood cut drawings" in it showing the original woodcuts as published by Foxe in the 1500's. I do LIKE the SEE THE FLAMES...AND SEE THE EXPRESSION OF THE VICTIMS FACE....AND SEE THE ARTISTS CONCEPTION OF THE ATMOSPHERE....I CAN ALMOST SMELL THE FIRE BURNING!!! So, if you're as ghoulish (or curious) as I am....maybe get this edition. On the negative side, the English might be a bit "off" from the standpoint of modern language. Maybe do as I did, get TWO editions..this one and a modern one. They aren't that expensive so you could afford to buy two of 'em, I think? :o)

  • By LeeRoy Jenkins on May 27, 2016

    Are you tired of sparkling vampires or wizards with glasses? Do you ever think that Protestants (or Catholics) are from the Devil and need to burn? Then you have the right book right here! Read of the evil deeds of the group you hate and the Saintly, humble final words from the people you love.Punching babies? Exploding pregnant women! Read about all the glorious details here and cherish the Saintly sacrifices these wonderful people made in behalf of their God.

  • By Ralph Strickland on February 3, 2013

    My youngest daughter - in college - seems very well pleased with this selection... like the professor gave her a choice, right?

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