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Journal > Volumes > 36 (2005) / 3 (Autumn)
Community of the Texts: Producing the First and Second Editions of Acts and Monuments
Devorah Greenberg
Simon Fraser University

Enacting fourth attitude history, as articulated by Allan Megill, this essay compiles commonplaces and misreadings about the productions of Acts and Monuments (1563 and 1570) to encourage renewed vision of the directorships of Cecil, Parker, Grindal, and others dedicated to the ideological conversion of the English polity and people. Approaching Acts and Monuments as a product of communal and compilare history permits reassessing John Foxe’s relationship to the text, more fully grasping its provenance, and also focuses a mythologization of ‘Foxe’ that had so much obscured his community that its existence appeared to be unknown even among his contemporaries.

Pages: 695 - 715