Possible errors in Foxe's Book of Martyrs

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Jan Krohn | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Sep 2 2018 9:22 AM

John Foxe died in 1587.

https://biblia.com/books/foxe/offset/173563

How is this possible?

Are the dates in this chapter all typos, or was the Book of Martyrs redacted after Foxe's death with new accounts of more martyrs?

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Adam Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 2 2018 12:57 PM

There are various abridged versions of Foxe's book with additional material. I don't have this resource in Logos, but I do know one common edition of Foxe's Martyrs was edited by William Byron Forbush (1868-1927), and contains a section on William Lithgow, amongst others.

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Jan Krohn | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 2 2018 1:03 PM

That would explain this chapter. According to EBNE, the dates on Lithgow are about correct.

It's not quite obvious from the Logos resource though that it is a redacted edition.

Library of Congress Cataloging–in–Publication Data Foxe, John, 1516–1587.
  [Book of martyrs]
  Foxe’s Book of martyrs / John Foxe.—[Rev. ed.].
      p. cm.
    ISBN 0–7852–4262–7
    1. Christian martyrs—Biography. 2. Persecution—History.
  3. Church history. 4. Christian martyrs—Great Britain—Biography.
  5. Persecution—Great Britain—History. 6. Great Britain—Church
  history. I. Title: Book of martyrs. II. Title.
  BR1601.2.F68 2000
  272—dc21
Foxe, J. (2000). Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

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Adam Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 2 2018 9:48 PM

I agree, the info is unclear. The page should let people know what edition they are buying. 

This version is heavily redacted. The original editions in Foxe's lifetime were thousands of pages across multiple volumes. That would be a Logos bargain at this price! 

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Jerome Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 3 2018 7:38 AM

I have the original print edition of Foxe's Book of Martyrs in eight large volumes of about 700 pages per volume, if I recall correctly. The single-volume editions available today are clearly presenting only some highlights from the original set!

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