John Foxe's <i>Acts and Monuments</i>

Andrew Escobedo

in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199205882
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 John Foxe's Acts and Monuments

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John Foxe produced a great deal of non-narrative writing throughout his lifetime, much of which influenced or was shaped by his massive narrative Acts and Monuments, popularly known by readers, then and now, as The Book of Martyrs. In Acts and Monuments, Foxe is a storyteller first and foremost; he regularly refers to the polemical or theological sections of his book as ‘digressions’ from his narrative. This article focuses on two central narrative concerns in Foxe's book: the attempt to reconstruct the ancient past of his nation, and the effort to fine-tune the presentation of pain suffered by martyrs in his own time. But first, because the material shape of his book is so bound up with its content, the printing history of the martyrology is discussed.

Keywords: non-narrative writing; narrative; ancient past; martyrs; printing history

Article.  8530 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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