A Recommended New Book on John Foxe and the ‘Book of Martyrs’


Part of the Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History, this volume attempts to set Foxe’s “Book of Martyrs” in historical context (ch. 1: the printer’s world in early modern Europe — a fascinating chapter for bibliogeeks like me) and subsequently traces two primary trails through the remainder of the book. The relationship between John Foxe and John Day is the focus of three subsequent chapters, and the preparation, illustrations, and history of the Acts and Monuments are the focus of six subsequent chapters. The extremely thorough bibliography is quite well done.

The authors are professional and thorough. This volume is recommended for academic library collections of literary history, English history, Reformation history, and book/printing/publishing history at the university or graduate level. This is a very helpful book that contributes well to the discussion of a much-discussed topic.

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