Martyrs and Martyrdom in England, c. 1400-1700

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Description: Editor Thomas S. Freeman describes this collection as a "series of snapshots of some of the key moments in the process" (34) of the evolution of martyrs and martyrdom from a broad range of late-medieval models to a uniform, passive, stoic, Christ-like model of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries created by martyrs and martyrologists from both Catholic and Protestant camps. Other authors-such as Freeman who, although he describes a blurring of boundaries between religious and political martyrs in the opening essay on "The Politicisation of Martyrdom," discusses the most important shift in early modern martyrdom as "the transference of the veneration and reverence given to those who suffer from religious causes to those who suffered for political causes" (57) and the "secularization of martyrdom" (64)-may wish to tread more lightly.
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