John Foxe’s seely, poore women

Anderson, R (2015) 'John Foxe’s seely, poore women.' The Downside Review, 133 (467). pp. 4-40. ISSN 0012-5806


John Foxe's Acts and Monuments provides us with more information about the female participants in the English Reformation than any other work of the period and, at the same time, poses the question for historians of why some female martyrs of the Marian period differed so convincingly from the Protestant norm, which saw women subsumed to man. While women’s role in society was not of great import to Protestant reformers, the changes they did advocate had considerable significance for women. There is clearly a difficulty in the message Foxe is giving us about appropriate women’s roles, and the traditionally submissive and sexually chaste role prescribed for women is certainly not the one demonstrated by Foxe’s women.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: John Foxe, Catholic, Protestant, church history, women, martyrs, Reformation, Mary I
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2015 12:04
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 15:51
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