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Roman Catholic priest dies while preaching

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  • Nightingall, whom Foxe identifies as a Roman Catholic parson at Crondall in Kent, falls from his pulpit and into his congregation. The death supposedly occurs while the tonsured Nightingall had preached that the pope has authority to pardon sins. According to Foxe, his death demonstrates providential disapproval of papal authority. Individual members of Nightingall's congregation hold rosary beads. (See also the lower right panel on the title page woodcut in this collection.) This woodcut appears in the second (1570), third (1576), and fourth (1583) editions. Luborsky and Ingram 11223/65. JPEG file (4.05 MB).
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