1st Edition

The Reformation of England's Past John Foxe and the Revision of History in the Late Sixteenth Century

By Matthew Phillpott Copyright 2018
    244 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is a detailed examination of the sources and protocols John Foxe used to justify the Reformation, and claim that the Church of Rome had fallen into the grip of Antichrist. The focus is on the pre-Lollard, medieval history in the first two editions of the Acts and Monuments. Comparison of the narrative that Foxe writes to the possible sources helps us to better understand what it was that Foxe was trying to do, and how he came to achieve his aims. A focus on sources also highlights the collaborative circle in which Foxe worked, recognizing the essential role of other scholars and clerics such as John Bale and Matthew Parker.

    1. Our History is a Lie

    2. Sources and Evidence

    3. The First Edition

    4. From Christ to Constantine

    5. From King Lucius to Harold Godwinson

    6. From William the Conqueror to Henry II

    7. From Richard Lionheart to Edward III

    8. Our History is the Truth


    Matthew Phillpott is a historian focused on the intellectual history of sixteenth-century Britain, and Digital Projects Officer for the School of Advanced Study (SAS) at the University of London.