Tudor Women in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
by Dr Roberta Anderson

Date: Thursday 9 March 2017

What John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs tells us about commemorating religious persecution under Mary I and Tudor women and religion

Tudor Women in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

John Foxe’s famous Book of Martyrs (1563), celebrating 284 persons burned for their beliefs under Mary l (1553-58), included many women. What does it tell us about women in Tudor society and the effects of Protestantism on their lives?

Dr Roberta Anderson was, until her recent retirement, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at Bath Spa University. She remains an Honorary Fellow of the University. Her main research is religious history from the time of the Reformation. She is currently researching an order of Benedictine nuns, founded in Flanders in 1597 by Lady Mary Percy, which flourished for nearly four hundred years until it closed in the mid-1970s.

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