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Traditionally, Christian martyrdom is a repetition of the story of Christ’s suffering and death: the more closely the victim’s narrative replicates the Christological model, the more legible the martyrdom. But if the textual construction of martyrdom depends on the rehearsal of a paradigmatic story, how does the discourse reconcile the broad range of individuals, beliefs, and persecutions seeking legitimation by claims of martyrdom? By observing how martyrdom is constructed through the interplay of historical event and literary form, Alice Dailey explores the development of English martyr discourse through the period of intense religious controversy from the heresy executions of Queen Mary to the regicide of 1649. Through close study of texts ranging from late medieval passion drama and hagiography to John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments, martyrologies of the Counter-Reformation, Charles I’s Eikon Basilike, and John Milton’s Eikonoklastes, The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution considers the shifting religiopolitical rhetoric of Reformation England. By putting history and literary form in dialogue, Dailey describes not only the reformation of one of the oldest, most influential genres of the Christian West but a revolution in the very concept of martyrdom. In England in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, martyrdom develops from medieval notions of strict typological repetition, she argues, into Charles I’s defense of individual conscience—an abstract, figurative form of martyrdom that survives into modernity. Rather than being a static genre, martyrology emerges in Dailey’s study as deeply nuanced and subtly responsive to historical circumstance.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Note on Spelling, Punctuation, and Editions
  2. p. xv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. Chapter 1: Medieval Models
  2. pp. 10-52
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  1. Chapter 2: New Actors in an Old Drama
  2. pp. 53-97
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  1. Chapter 3: Secular Law and Catholic Dissidence
  2. pp. 98-134
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  1. Chapter 4: “The Finger of God Is Heere”
  2. pp. 135-162
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  1. Chapter 5: “This Deceitfull Arte”
  2. pp. 163-206
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  1. Chapter 6: Beyond Typology
  2. pp. 207-245
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  1. Postscript
  2. pp. 246-251
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  1. Appendices
  2. pp. 252-265
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 266-300
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 301-316
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-332
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 333
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268077785
Related ISBN
9780268026127
MARC Record
OCLC
823040710
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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