This Day in History: December 18th, 1555
“Martyrdom of John Philpot, archdeacon of Winchester. As he was going to the stake in Smithfield, the sherif’s men offered to carry him over a muddy spot, but Philpot declined, saying “I am content to go to my journeys end on foot.” He knelt and kissed the stake, recited three psalms and then submitted to the flame. Years earlier he had been one of the religious leaders who condemned Joan of Kent to a similar fate.” Source: www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/today/12/18/
These images of John Philpot’s martyrdom come from my original 1732 Fox’s Book of Martyrs.
We have scanned all of the original engravings from our 1732 Fox’s Book of Martyrs. Our original book is about 3 inches thick, 10 inches wide, and 15 inches tall. It must weigh at least 10 pounds. It is full of illustrations of people being tortured to death (mostly burned at the stake). This book contains these thirty one plates that we have scanned and cleaned up. These engravings are sharp because they were scanned from a very large original image, cleaned up, and then shrank down to the smaller book that we are not producing (6 3/4 X 9 ¼) .
“In the time of Elizabeth I, the persecution of the adherents of the Reformed religion, both Anglicans and Protestants alike, which had occurred during the reign of her elder half-sister Queen Mary 1st was used to fuel strong anti-Catholic propaganda in the hugely influential Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. Those who had died in Mary’s reign, under the Marian Persecutions, were effectively canonised by this work of hagiography. In 1571 the Convocation of the Church of England ordered that copies of the Book of Martyrs should be kept for public inspection in all cathedrals and in the houses of church dignitaries. The book was also displayed in many Anglican parish churches alongside the Holy Bible. The passionate intensity of its style and its vivid and picturesque dialogues made the book very popular among Puritan and Low Church families, Anglican and Protestant nonconformist, down to the nineteenth century. In a period of extreme partisanship on all sides of the religious debate, the exaggeratedly partisan church history of the earlier portion of the book, with its grotesque stories of popes and monks, contributed to fuel anti-Catholic prejudices in England, as did the story of the sufferings of several hundred Reformers (both Anglican and Protestant) who had been burnt at the stake under Mary and Bishop Bonner.” Source: Wikipedia