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Seven martyrs await martyrdom in Smithfield

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  • Surrounded by faggots, seven figures stand back to back and against three stakes. The central man is bound at the waist, and the man on his left extends his arm upward. As men on horseback direct the execution from either side, a worker prepares additional faggots and a crowd of soldiers observes. The blank spaces near the martyrs allow for the insertion of drop-in type into the woodblock, but this type was not employed. This woodcut appears in the first through fourth editions (1563, 1570, 1576, and 1583). Luborsky and Ingram 11222/42, 11223/85. JPEG file (1.11 MB).
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