Religion and the book in early modern England : the making of Foxe's 'Book of martyrs' / Elizabeth Evenden and Thomas S. Freeman.
- Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
- Cambridge studies in early modern British history
Cambridge studies in early modern British history
xiv, 387 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
- Foxe, John, 1516-1587. Actes and monuments.
Christian martyrs -- Biography.
Martyrologies -- History and criticism.
Church history -- Historiography.
Foxe, John, 1516-1587 -- Influence.
Day, John, 1522-1584.
Printing -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Book industries and trade -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Illustrated books -- England -- History -- 15th and 16th centuries.
Reformation -- England.
- "John Foxe's Acts and Monuments - popularly known as the 'Book of Martyrs' - is a milestone in the history of the English book. An essential history of the English Reformation and a seminal product of it, no English book before it had been as long or as lavishly illustrated. Examining the research behind the work and also its financing, printing and dissemination, Elizabeth Evenden and Thomas S. Freeman argue that, apart from Foxe's zeal and industry, the book was only made possible by extensive cooperation between its printer, John Day, and the Elizabethan government. Government patronage, rather than market forces, lay behind the book's success and ensured the triumph of a Protestant interpretation of the Reformation for centuries to come. Based on little-used manuscript sources, this book offers a unique insight not only into the 'Book of Martyrs' and the history of the English book, but into English history itself"-- Provided by publisher.
"The word 'book' incorporates two related but separate concepts. The first is of the book as a text, which embodies the thoughts and attitudes of its author or authors. Thus we speak of the books of Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud, or Karl Marx, when what we really mean are the ideas and concepts presented by these authors, rather than the physical books themselves. Yet a printed book is also a material object, as well as a compendium of ideas and beliefs. Moreover, it is a material object which is only created by means of specialised labour and equipment. The production of printed books in early modern Europe was the result of a complex, cumbersome and costly industrial process. To comprehend fully the contents and influence of an early modern 'book', in the first sense of the word, it is desirable, sometimes even necessary, to understand the physical process by which it was created"-- Provided by publisher.
- Machine generated contents note: Introduction; 1. The text in its context: the printer's world in early modern Europe; 2. Ancient fragments and 'noythy bookes': the early careers of John Foxe and John Day; 3. Adversity and opportunity: Foxe and Day during Mary's reign; 4. The making of the first edition of the Acts and Monuments; 5. Sources and resources: preparing the 1570 edition; 6. 'Fayre pictures and painted pageants': the illustrations of the 'Book of Martyrs'; 7. A Parting of the Ways? Foxe and Day, 1570-76; 8. Fathers, sons and other adversaries: the background to and making of the 1583 edition; Conclusion. Foxe after Foxe: the making of the Acts and Monuments in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
- Includes bibliographical references .
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
- Freeman, Thomas S., 1959-
Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
Horace Howard Furness Memorial Library (University of Pennsylvania)
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