John Foxe

(1516—1587) martyrologist

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the martyrologist, became a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, but resigned his fellowship in 1545, being unwilling to conform to the statutes in religious matters. In 1554 he retired to the Continent and issued at Strasburg his Commentarii (the earliest draft of his Actes and Monuments). On his return to England he was ordained priest by Grindal in 1560, and in 1564 joined John Day, the printer, who in 1563 had issued the English version of the Rerum in Ecclesia Gestarum…Commentarii as Actes and Monuments, popularly known as the Book of Martyrs. He preached at Paul's Cross a famous sermon ‘Of Christ Crucified’, in 1570. His edition of the canon laws Reformatio Legum appeared in 1571.

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