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Foxe's Book of Martyrs: Select Narratives (Oxford World's Classics) [Kindle Edition]

John Foxe , John N. King
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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. The narratives not only attest to the fortitude of individuals who suffered for their faith not many years before the birth of Shakespeare, but they also constitute exciting tales filled with graphic details and verbal wit.

This modernized selection also includes some of the famous woodcuts that illustrated the original text, as well as providing a comprehensive introduction to Foxe's life and times and the martyrology narrative.
ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range 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, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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John N. King is editor of Reformation and co-editor of Literature and History. His publications include English Reformation History: The Tudor Origins of the Protestant Tradition (Princeton UP, 1982), Milton and Religious Controversy: Satire and Polemic in Paradise Lost (CUP, 2000), and Foxe's Book of Martyrs and Early Modern Print Culture (CUP, 2006).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8761 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reprint edition (12 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WSNLYC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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A neat summary.
I have read other reviews that bemoan the fact that the Oxford World's Classics edition of selected narratives from "Foxe's Book of Martyrs" is just that; Selected Narratives, but for a book that in it's final incarnation ran to four times the length of the King James Bible, this is as much as I want on my book shelf. It contains all the famous martyrdoms, Thomas Cranmer, William Tyndale, Hugh Latimer & Anne Askew (featured in the opening scenes of the film "Elizabeth"), & retains the language that makes it so engaging, plus many of the woodcut illustrations that made it a best seller in its day. It is not written in the archaic, poetic style of the King James Bible, or indeed the florid dramatics of Shakespeare, but in a straightforward way that makes the tortures & the flames seem desperately horrific (which, of course, they were). One cannot help but be inspired by these men & women of conscience who were prepared to die for the right to read the bible in their own language, & make up their own minds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 12 Jun. 2013
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I was impressed with the the various stories in this book and at times felt the pain and anguish of those who stood for the right even though it was unpopular.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An illumination of dark religious history 18 April 2012
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Hard reading but all believers and doubters of religion should read this account of many villainous actions taken in the name of the christian religion, even though they took place some time ago. Present public arguments should remember these matters with due criticism.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read but ... 6 Feb. 2013
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This is very much a slimmed down edition of the original and as a result probably doesn't do justice to Foxe's intention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An important book for Anglicans 20 Feb. 2013
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS THE ONE TO GET, I THINK 17 May 2014
By boland7214@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
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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 woodcuts...to 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)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Sacrifice 3 Feb. 2013
By Ralph Strickland - Published on Amazon.com
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My youngest daughter - in college - seems very well pleased with this selection... like the professor gave her a choice, right?
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