Here is a quote from this website debunking the credibility of these anti-Catholic arguments.
… the lack of credibility of John Fox, and his book “Acts and Monuments.” But let us take a few moments and examine a couple of the “Martyrs,” whose deaths were related by Fox.
Latimer and Ridley
Hugh Latimer began his infamous career in England as a Catholic priest, and also as “a most furious assailant of the Reformation religion.” (5) Because of this Henry VIII granted him the bishopric of Worcester.
Latimer, after having obtained this bishopric, then proceeded to change his opinions, but without giving up his Catholic bishopric. Being suspected of heresy, Latimer then abjured his protestant errors, thus keeping his bishopric for an additional twenty years while, inwardly, he despised the principles of the Church, and the bishopric he held in virtue of an oath to oppose to the utmost of his power all dissenters from the Catholic Religion.
During the reigns of Henry and Edward he sent to the stake Catholics and Protestants for holding opinions which he himself had before held openly, or that he held secretly at the time of his so sending them.
Latimer’s character is well-exhibited in his congratulatory letter to Thomas Cromwell on the killing of the family of Cardinal Reginald Pole: “Blessed be the God of England whose minister ye be! I heard you once say you would make him [Pole] eat his own heart, which you have now brought to pass, for he must needs eat his own heart and be as heartless as he is graceless.” (6)
**Ridley **was also a Catholic bishop during the reign of Henry VIII, during which reign he sent to the stake Catholics who denied the king’s supremacy and Protestants who denied the doctrine of transubstantiation. While during the reign of King Edward he was a Protestant bishop, and denied the dogma of transubstantiation himself.
During the reign of Edward VI he was given the bishopric of London, after agreeing to transfer a large portion of its possessions to the ministers and courtiers of that day. And lastly, he is guilty of treason against the then ruling monarch (Queen Mary Tudor) by attempting to stir the people up in rebellion against the Queen, and replace Mary with Lady Jane, in order that he might (by high treason) keep the bishopric which was obtained through perjury and simony.
In fact, Ridley (thinking that Lady Jane’s cause had triumphed) even went so far as to boldly proclaim Mary Tudor a bastard at St. Paul’s Cross; (7)
These are the types of individuals who are described by John Fox as being “Pillars of the Church and accomplished ornaments of human nature, … the admiration of the realm, amiably conspicuous in their lives, and glorious in their deaths.”
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**Foxe’s Book of Martyrs Refuted**