Reforming the Mystical Body: From Mass to Martyr in John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments

  title={Reforming the Mystical Body: From Mass to Martyr in John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments},
  author={Jennifer R. Rust},
  pages={627 - 659}
While John Foxe’s sixteenth-century work Acts and Monuments is recognized as a foundational text for emergent English national identity, I argue that this document of historical progress actually recapitulates rather than discards earlier religious traditions. Acts and Monuments renovates the social and sacramental concept of corpus mysticum, inherited from the Middle Ages, in Protestant martyrological terms. Both textually and visually, Foxe’s work displaces sacramental theology from… Expand
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