This book is scholarship at its worst.
Notice below the obvious bias in the text of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs below. In chapter 6 we read how the Catholics were, “being naturally of a savage and cruel disposition,” and compare **how the Irish **must react to the quote in chapter 17 when they were introduced to the, “sweets of English society,” whereas in fact, they were so badly treated by the English invaders. It is hard to imagine the Englishmen’s cruelty which was inflicted upon the Irish.
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
Edited by William Byron Forbush
Chapter 6“… … … One of the monks who attended the cardinal, being naturally of a savage and cruel disposition, requested of him that he might shed some of the blood of these poor people with his own hands”
Chapter 17“… … … The Irish, who formerly led an unsettled and roving life, in the woods, bogs, and mountains, and lived on the depredation of their neighbors, they who, in the morning seized the prey, and at night divided the spoil, have, for many years past, become quiet and civilized. They taste the sweets of English society, and the advantages of civil government.”
Here is how a modern history book characterizes this time period and Foxe’s book.[INDENT]Then she Queen Mary Tudor] arrested Cranmer and the other Protestant leaders who had tried to keep her off the throne. She had them tried for treason and executed. These executions are the source of the “Bloody Mary” legend which has made Mary one of history’s most maligned persons.
The source of the propaganda is a book by a rabid anti-Catholic, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, written five years after Mary’s death. In his book, Foxe purported to tell the tales of 273 people “martyred” by Mary for their religious beliefs. A careful study of the book, however, shows that 169 of the persons in it are listed only by name and were most probably criminals who would have been executed no matter who was ruling. That leaves 104 names of persons who were executed by Mary for a religion-related reason.
However, it is important to realize that Protestant leaders tried to keep Mary off the throne and were plotting against her once she came to the throne. They were guilty of treason, a capital offense in any country. Furthermore, the 104 executions were fewer than the martyrdoms under her father or her sister, Elizabeth. Henry executed 150 people after the Pilgrimage of Grace alone, after having promised them amnesty; his total number of victims was 649. Elizabeth martyred 189 in England and was responsible for the deaths of many more in Ireland, as we shall see. Thus Mary Tudor has been unfairly named “Bloody Mary.” “Bloody Henry” or “Bloody Elizabeth” would be much more accurate names.
[CHRIST THE KING, LORD OF HISTORY, by Anne W. Carroll, Tan Books, page 235.]
In his book, John Fox related that a Catholic by the name of Grimwood of Hitcham had been a great enemy of the protestant revolutionaries, and was punished “by a judgment of God,” and “his bowels fell out of his body.” Whereas, the protestant Anthony Wood relates that, during the reign of Elizabeth I, a certain Protestant minister related in a sermon the account of Grimwood’s death, using Fox as his authority. But, unfortunately for the parson, not only was Grimwood alive at the time when the sermon was preached, but happened to be present in the church to hear the sermon, and brought an action of defamation against the preacher. (3)
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