I. Ross Bartlett (essay date 1995)
SOURCE: Bartlett, I. Ross. “John Foxe as Hagiographer: The Question Revisited.” Sixteenth Century Journal, 26, no. 4 (winter 1995): 771-89.
[In the following essay, Bartlett examines the motivations and purposes behind Foxe's writing of Acts and Monuments.]
By using modified forms of the analysis categories developed by hagiographic scholars we can demonstrate that John Foxe shares the twofold purpose of all authors in the genre, especially within the portions of Acts and Monuments that address the reign of Mary Tudor. First, he bore witness to the truth as he understood it; second, he sought to do some eternal spiritual good for the...
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