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John Foxe

Author Code: EJFO

Born: (?) 1517 - Boston, Lincolnshire, England

Died: Apr. 18, 1587 - Cripplegate, London, England

Educated at Brasenose College, Oxford and Magdalen College School, Foxe graduated with a BA in 1537. He became a fellow in 1539 and received his master's degree in 1543. From 1539 to 1540 he lectured in logic. He resigned from the college in 1545 following his becoming a Protestant and thus being in conflict with the Church of England under Henry VIII. He then spent some time as a tutor until the accession of Edward VI in 1547 when he moved to London. He then tutored the family of the Duchess of Richmond. Foxe was ordained a deacon in 1550 and produced a number of tracts, but when Mary I acceded to the throne, Foxe lost his tutor position and was eventually forced to flee to Holland. He travelled through Germany to Strasbourg where, in 1554, he published a Latin history of the persecution of Christians. He moved to Frankfurt later that year and became involved in the John Knox/Richard Cox theological conflict in which he favored John Knox. When Knox was expelled, Foxe left for Basel and worked as a proofreader while producing his religious verse drama Christus Triumphans (1556). He returned to England in 1558 under the new reign of Elizabeth I and spent ten years living in Aldgate and working on his monumental Actes and Monuments. Published in 1563, the huge volume quickly became known as The Book of Martyrs. Needless to say, the work was controversial and was attacked by many leading Catholics. In response to the criticism he published a second edition in 1570 which was even larger, but which did result in some passages considered offensive to be removed. A third edition appeared in 1576 and a fourth in 1583. A huge volume, nearly four times the size of the Bible, the work was a tremendous success. Foxe eventually became a favorite of Queen Elizabeth. Foxe died at his home in Cripplegate in 1587, with his work being a national institution. His other works include Commentarii Rerum in Ecclesia Gestarum (1540), A Brief Exhortation....in This Heavy tyme of God's Visitation on London (1563) and Sermon of Christ Crucified (1570).

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