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Introduction to Shakespeare - Oakland Campus: Foxe's Book of Martyrs

Designed to assist students in ENGLIT 580.

Title page for 1641 edition

About Foxe's Book of Martyrs

Shakespeare apparently consulted Foxe's Book of Martyrs, also known as Actes and Monuments, while writing King John. Published in 1563 and written by historian and martyrologist John Foxe, the book is a survey of Christian martyrs throughout history and is considered the most widely read book in English during the reign of Elizabeth I. The work is an account of the sufferings of protestants under the Catholic Church, with a great focus upon those who had died during the reign of Queen Mary.

At Special Collections you can find the 1641 edition.

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