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This EnglandEssays on the English Nation and Commonwealth in the Sixteenth Century$
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Patrick Collinson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719084423

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719084423.001.0001

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John Foxe and national consciousness

John Foxe and national consciousness

(p.193) Chapter 7 John Foxe and national consciousness
This England

Patrick Collinson

Manchester University Press

William Haller wrote about John Foxe and national consciousness in The Elect Nation, 36 years ago. There were also arguments deployed against his thesis by Katherine Firth, V. Norskov Olsen, and others. Firth believed that Haller had virtually invented an ‘apocalyptic nationalism’ which she nowhere found in Foxe or in any of his near contemporaries. Olsen insists that Foxe's Book of Martyrs is about that Church, not about the nation. Although the Book of Martyrs was its commonest designation, its status as either a ‘book of credit, next to the Bible’, or a great farrago of lies from start to finish, was bound up with the person of Foxe himself.

Keywords:   The Elect Nation, Katherine Firth, William Haller, Book of Martyrs, V. Norskov Olsen, multiple authorship

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