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This is a bibliography page, concerning a work to which reference is made elsewhere in this guide.


Foxe's Book of Martyrs is a key text in understanding the religious conflicts of the Tudor period. It is a record of those protestants who suffered for their faith, principally in the reign of Mary I (1553-1558). As a work of propaganda, it was popular through the next 300 years, and its publishing history is confused. It has always normally been referred to as Foxe's Book of Martyrs, or, more simply, as Foxe's Martyrs. More properly, it is Foxe's Acts and Monuments. It was first published as
Foxe, John, (1563) Actes and monuments of these latter and perillous dayes, touching matters of the Church, wherein ar comprehended and described the great persecutions horrible troubles, that have bene wrought and practised by the Romishe prelates, speciallye in this Realme of England and Scotlande, from the yeare of our Lorde, a thousande, unto the tyme nowe present. Gathered and collected according to the true copies  wrytinges certificatorie. John Day: London.
Foxe, John, (1570) Actes and monuments of these latter and perillous dayes, touching matters of the Church, wherein ar comprehended and described the great persecutions, horrible troubles, that have bene wrought and practised by the Romishe prelates, speciallye in this Realme of England and Scotlande, from the yeare of our Lorde, a thousande, unto the tyme nowe present. Gathered and collected according to the true copies, wrytinges certificatorie. (2nd edition, the first in 2 vols.) Newly ... inlarged by the author, [n.p.] London
After the second edition (1570), it was ordered that a copy should be available in every cathedral.
Editions continued to be produced until the twentieth century, some with considerable embellishment by more or less reputable editors (often anonymous). There are also many abridged versions.