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Martyrs and Martyrdom in England, c.1400-1700 (Studies in Modern British Religious History) (Studies in Modern British Religious History) Hardcover – April 19, 2007


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Adds to existing scholarship as its authors collectively study the early-modern narrowing of martyrdom's definition to mean specifically violent deaths for religion, the various polemical and controversial conflicts in which martyrological writing participated, and the extension of martyrdom's crown to political martyrs over the course of the seventeenth century. (...) This volume has a high degree of consistency and coherence (not always the case with essay collections).The contributors' emphases on the polemical, generic, political, and doctrinal aspects of the making of martyrs should be a welcome addition to early-modern scholarship. CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEW Opens up suggestive new avenues for future enquiry (and) deserves to be recognized as a significant intervention in debates about religious persecution and its implications in the era of the long Reformation. HISTORICAL JOURNAL The diverse articles in this volume give an important insight onto the conflicting discourse of early modern martyrdom. SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNALThe essays in this collection provide a wealth of references for scholars who wish to pursue the study of individual martyrs or the development of an English martyrological tradition. RENAISSANCE QUARTERLYRepresents the present state of affairs in writing about early modern martyrs; as such it provides a good overview. (...) an effective overview, reiterating ten years of excellent scholarship - but scholarship that calls for new critical approaches toward a subject that need not be as reverent as martyrs, and martyrologists, took themselves to be. JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES

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