A Poena Et Culpa: Penitence, Confidence and the Miserere in Foxe's Actes and Monuments

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John Foxe's Actes and Monuments (popularly called Book of Martyrs) is a distinctly Protestant martyrology. The virtues it extolls are plain, direct, and undemonstrative. Protestants facing decapitation or burning were to disdain the ministrations of priests and demonstrate their direct obedience to God by reciting, in the “plain text and literal sense”, Psalm 51, the Miserere, most often in English.

Keywords: England; Foxe, John (Book of Martyrs); Martyrology; Protestantism; Psalms (psalm 51)

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1477-4658.00091

Publication date: September 1, 1990

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