Foxe's Book of Martyrs


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History Today
Vol. 55, no. 12 (December 2005), p. 40-49


John Foxe's graphic and angry work depicting the persecutions inflicted by the Roman Catholic Church, was partly a response to the rising tide of intolerance across Europe in the mid-sixteenth century, but more specifically to the recent persecution of Protestants in England. Catholic Mary died in 1558, and was succeeded by the Protestant Elizabeth. The 'Acts and Monuments', published in 1563, was an attempt to exploit the situation, and to support the new and fragile regime. David Loades describes the impact of one of the most significant books of its time