John Foxe and national consciousness

Patrick Collinson

in This England

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780719084423
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702031 | DOI:
John Foxe and national consciousness

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William Haller wrote about John Foxe and national consciousness in The Elect Nation, 36 years ago. There were also arguments deployed against his thesis by Katherine Firth, V. Norskov Olsen, and others. Firth believed that Haller had virtually invented an ‘apocalyptic nationalism’ which she nowhere found in Foxe or in any of his near contemporaries. Olsen insists that Foxe's Book of Martyrs is about that Church, not about the nation. Although the Book of Martyrs was its commonest designation, its status as either a ‘book of credit, next to the Bible’, or a great farrago of lies from start to finish, was bound up with the person of Foxe himself.

Keywords: The Elect Nation; Katherine Firth; William Haller; Book of Martyrs; V. Norskov Olsen; multiple authorship

Chapter.  11602 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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