The Davenant Press

John Foxe: The Book of Martyrs


By David Loades.

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ISBN 978 1 85944 241 8. Published 2014. In 1571 Convocation decreed that the Acts and Monuments of John Foxe (often referred to now as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs) should be placed in every cathedral church and the houses of cathedral clergy. William Cecil also arranged for it to be placed in every chamber at court. Thus it entered the culture of England and only the English Bible exercised a comparable influence. Foxe was born in Boston Lincolnshire and had strong connections with Magdalen and Brasenose Colleges at Oxford. He may well have been offered the Deanery of Christ Church. He held the Prebendary of Shipton-under-Wychwood near Burford in Oxfordshire. His most powerful patrons were the Dukes of Norfolk.