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Images from the John Foxe"s Acts and Monuments (the "Book of Martyrs"), Ninth Edition (1684)

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  • “The burning of Dr. Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, in y [the] Towne ditch at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into y [the] fire, wherewith he subscribed before.” Cranmer is fully clothed and chained to the stake. The execution takes placed outside of Oxford. Cranmer, ("Lord receive my Spirit") has both arms outstretched and has his right hand placed in the fire that engulfs him. Cranmer is surrounded by a large group of onlookers that mostly consists of soldiers. Several of the soldiers tend to the fire and adjust the faggots below Cranmer. In the foreground of the image is a man who appears to be a civilian and has his arms outstretched toward Cranmer. Revised version of Luborsky and Ingram 11222/44 and 11223/88, which appear in all four early English editions (1563, 1570, 1576, 1583). JPEG file (519 KB).
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