John Foxe (1516/17–1587)

Verse

Ad Iesum Christum Filium Dei: Carmen Eucharisticon (‘Christe. aeterna Dei progenies patris’)

First published in John Hazel Smith, ‘Notes on Two Renaissance Authors’, in Brandeis Essays in Literature, ed. John Hazel Smith (Waltham, Mass., 1983), pp. 25-36 (pp. 25-9).

FxJ 0.3

Fragment of a two-line unfinished autograph rough draft of early Latin verses written by Foxe at Magdalen College, Oxford. c.1545.

In: A folio composite volume of papers. A composite volume of papers, including a life of Foxe by his son Samuel Foxe (ff. 2-52), Foxe's autograph drafts of letters and other writings composed while he was a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford [1544-5] (ff. 53v-148), Foxe's autograph extracts from a book by John Purvey on the Eucharist (ff. 166-75), and letters and exercises by Samuel Foxe (ff. 184-250).

Formerly owned by John Strype.

This MS analysed in A Catalogue of the Lansdowne Manuscripts in the British Museum, Part II (London, 1819), pp. 112-13. For individual works see FxJ 2, FxJ 4-6, FxJ 8, FxJ 17, and FxJ 20.

Edited from this MS in Hazel Smith.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 388, f. 78r.

‘Integer mentis fide fultus alta’

Six Horation quatrains. First published in John Hazel Smith, ‘Notes on Two Renaissance Authors’, in Brandeis Essays in Literature, ed. John Hazel Smith (Waltham, Mass., 1983), pp. 25-36 (pp. 25-9).

*FxJ 0.5

Autograph rough draft of early Latin verses written at Magdalen College, Oxford. c.1545.

In: the MS described under FxJ 0.3.

Edited from this MS in Hazel Smith.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 388, f. 79r.

‘Maximus Aurorae custos lectique relictor’

A fourteen-line epigram about the schoolmaster John Harley. First published in John Hazel Smith, ‘Notes on Two Renaissance Authors’, in Brandeis Essays in Literature, ed. John Hazel Smith (Waltham, Mass., 1983), pp. 25-36 (pp. 25-9).

*FxJ 0.8

Autograph rough draft of early Latin verses written at Magdalen College, Oxford. c.1545.

In: the MS described under FxJ 0.3.

Edited from this MS in Hazel Smith.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 388, ff. 59r.

Prose

Actes and Monuments

First published (complete) in London, 1563. Edited by Josiah Pratt, 8 vols (London, 1853-70).

FxJ 1

Copy of an abbreviated version, closely written in a single cursive predominantly secretary hand, transcribed from a printed edition, imperfect, lacking the beginning and end, c.240 folio leaves, in vellum boards, inscribed on the cover in red ink ‘Acts and Monuments of the Christian Martrs’. Early 17th century.

Coppenheim & Co., sale catalogue No. II (1924), item 160.

University of Chicago, MS 115.

FxJ 1.1

Extracts, relating to the reign of Edward III.

In: A folio composite volume of antiquarian tracts, letters and notes, in various hands and paper sizes, 111 leaves.

Bodleian, MS Ashmole 1139, f. 106r-v.

FxJ 1.12

A volume comprising last speeches and prayers of martyrs as extracted from Foxe and others, inscribed ‘finished by Elizabeth Curtis, March 20th, 1699-1700’. c.1700.

Durham Cathedral Library, Hunter MS 112.

FxJ 1.125

An extensive series of extracts.

In: A large folio volume of prose tracts, verse, and devotional material, in a single secretary hand but for a series of engrossed indentures in a formal professional hand on ff. 3r-17v, written from both ends (ff. 1r-84v and ff. 1ar-51av respectively), 134 leaves in all. c.1603.

Inscribed names ‘Gilbert Rye’ and ‘William Norris’ and a reference (on f. 6av) to ‘Doctor Gylbart’.

The entries were at one time given separate library EL numbers ranging (intermittently) from EL 1183c to EL 6172 at one end and from EL 1183a to EL 6206 from the reverse end.

Separately categorised as EL 2033-2047, 2049-2063, 2067.

Huntington, EL 6162, passim.

FxJ 1.13

Extracts.

In: A folio volume of state papers, 298 leaves, in modern red morocco gilt.

Inner Temple Library, Petyt MS 533, Vol. 5, f. 19r et passim.

FxJ 1.135

Extracts, in a professional mixed hand, untitled, comprising the Bishop of Winchester's letter to the Lord Protector. Early-mid 17th century.

In: A folio composite volume of state letters, papers and proceedings in Parliament, in various hands, 570 leaves, in red morocco gilt.

Inner Temple Library, Petyt MS 538, Vol. 17, ff. 80r-4v.

FxJ 1.14

Extracts, in a mixed hand, with inscriptions in the margin ‘Apud Foxum vol 3 fo 977’ and ‘vol 3 fo 542 Ao 1555’.

In: the MS described under FxJ 1.135.

Inner Temple Library, Petyt MS 538, Vol. 17, ff. 534r-8r.

FxJ 1.145

Extracts.

In: A folio composite volume of state tracts and papers, in various hands, over 500 leaves.

Formerly belonging to Sir Andrew Fountaine of Narford. Among the manuscripts of the Coke family, Earls of Leicester, including collections of Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634), lawyer and politician.

Recorded in HMC, 9th Report (1883), Appendix, pp. 364-7.

The Earl of Leicester, Holkham Hall, MS 677, ff. 496r-8r.

FxJ 1.15

Various extracts.

In: A folio volume of state tracts, speeches, and verse, closely written from both ends in a single hand, 260 pages, lacking a number of pages and some fragments (pp. 25-38, 48-64) now removed to MS Gg. 4. 13*, in quarter-calf. Mid-17th century.

Cambridge University Library, MS Gg. 4. 13, pp. 157-205 passim.

FxJ 1.153

An alphabetical index to part of Foxe's work, in a secretary hand with engrossed lettering, inscribed ‘1632. John foxe: Vol: i. fol: 337 et 338’, seven + i small folio leaves, unbound. 1632.

Northamptonshire Record Office, FH 4218.

FxJ 1.155

Extracts.

In: An octavo volume of extracts chiefly from classical and Renaissance historical works, in vellum boards. Mid-17th century.

University College London, MS Ogden 7/24, passim.

FxJ 1.16

A book of sayings of 16th-century English martyrs, much taken from Foxe. 17th century.

University of Birmingham, MS 13/i/19.

FxJ 1.165

Manuscript of a paraphrase of the work, entitled ‘The Lives of the English Martyrs epitomized’, 317 leaves. c.1750.

University of California at Los Angeles, 170/439.

FxJ 1.17

A MS abridgement, predominantly in a single hand, with additions in a subsequent hand, dated 23-30 March 1668, on 42 folio leaves (rectos only), in later boards. Headed ‘a Short epitomy of the first Booke of Martyrs’, with references to ‘Halsted in Kent’ and, on the last page, to an incident in Oxford. March 1668.

Yale, Osborn MS b 274.

FxJ 1.175

Extracts, headed ‘Book of Martyrs. Henry ye 8th: 1509’.

In: An octavo commonplace book of extracts from religious texts under headings, in English and Latin, 91 leaves (including blanks), now disbound in folders. c.1630.

Inscribed (p. 1) ‘Ex do: p: G.C. By: 1630’: i.e. George Coke, rector of Bygrave (in 1608-36). The name ‘John Coke’ among scribbling on f. 91v, and ‘Ex libris Gab: Barrevi [? or Barron ?]. July 1964’ on front flyleaf.

Yale, Osborn MS b 387, ff. 75r-84v.

FxJ 1.18

Extracts.

In: A folio volume relating to Chester. 17th century?

Formerly owned by G.F. Wilbraham, of Delamere House.

Recorded in HMC, 4th Report (1874), Appendix, p. 416.

Untraced, [Chester MS], [unspecified page numbers].

FxJ 1.2

Extracts, together with extracts from Holinshed's Chronicles, with a preliminary table of contents.

In: A folio volume of historical material relating to London, iv + 112 leaves. Late 16th century.

Bodleian, MS Gough London 8, f. 13v et seq.

FxJ 1.3

Extracts.

In: MS of An Essay towards the Recovery of the Four Great Roman Ways by Roger Gale (1672-1744). Early 18th century.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 400, ff. 99r-100r.

FxJ 1.4

Extracts. Early 18th century.

In: A folio composite volume of tracts and miscellaneous collections, in various hands, 383 leaves, in contemporary reversed calf.

Owned in 1730, and largely compiled as Vol III of his collections, by the Rev. John Lewis (1675-1747), of Margate. Owned in 1749 by Thomas Lewis. Acquired from Peter Thompson.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 787, f. 319r.

FxJ 1.5

Extracts.

In: A duodecimo notebook of miscellaneous extracts and of memoranda relating to Pembroke College, Cambridge, compiled probably by Nathaniel Gibson. c.1650s.

British Library, Add. MS 21070, f. 37r et seq.

FxJ 1.6

Extracts made by Sir Thomas Tresham, in preparation for his defence in Star Chamber, 1581, and elsewhere. c.1581.

In: A double-folio composite volume of historical and theological tracts and papers, in various hands and paper sizes, 214 leaves, mounted on guards, in half green morocco. Volume III of the papers of Sir Thomas Tresham (1543-1605), of Rushton Hall, Northamptonshire, recusant. c.1600.

Presented by T.B. Clarke-Thornhill.

British Library, Add. MS 39830, passim after f. 49r.

FxJ 1.7

Extracts.

In: A folio composite volume of miscellaneous historical material, in various hands, c.105 leaves.

British Library, Harley MS 785, ff. 76-9v.

FxJ 1.8

Extracts.

In: A duodecimo miscellany principally of ‘pious, holy Godly and Christian Letters’, in a single italic hand, with (ff. 200r-5r) a ‘Table’, 209 leaves, in modern half-crushed morocco on cloth boards gilt. Compiled by Nehemiah Wallington (1598-1658), puritan London turner and diarist. c.1635-58.

Including (ff. 34r-51v) ‘Some Epiesels or Letters of Ios Hall D of Diuinitie and Deane of Worchester in 1620’, transcribed from the edition of Hall's collected works printed in 1620, with a note at the end ‘Their be many more excellent letters in D Halls Booke which I let passe for preuitis sake’.

Inscribed (f. 1v) ‘Nehemiah Wallington his Booke 1650’; (f. 5v) ‘Nehemiah Wallington May 1650’; (f. 205v) ‘1658 Iune ye xxiii By the marcy of God I haue read ouer this my Writing Booke which is Coppies of precious Lettres...’, and (f. 209v) ‘Nehemiah Wallington his Booke 1635’. Also inscribed (f. 1v) by his son-in-law ‘Ionathan Houghton September IX 1658’.

Recorded in Paul S. Seaver, Wallington's World: A Puritan Artisan in Seventeenth-Century London (Stanford, 1985).

British Library, Sloane MS 922, ff. 3r-34r.

FxJ 1.9

Extracts.

In: An octavo notebook of extracts, in a single small mixed hand, written from both ends, 165 leaves, in contemporary calf. Compiled by one William Bright, entitled ‘ffragmenta hic omnigena è varijs excerpta authoribus ad priuatum existunt vsum WB ex anno 1644’. c.1644-76.

Inscribed also inside the lower cover ‘Will: Bright Novemb 12th pretiu 8d 1645’.

Cambridge University Library, MS Add. 6160, f. 50r-v.

An omnis mundi inferioris gubernatio ab influentiis dependent coelestibus

First published, with a translation, in Smith, ELR, 1 (1971), 210-25.

*FxJ 2

Autograph treatise on astrology written while Foxe was a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford; one in a series of ‘Letters & Writings of J. Fox in ye University’.

In: the MS described under FxJ 0.3.

Edited from this MS in Smith.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 388, ff. 62-5.

Book of Martyrs

See FxJ 1-1.9.

Commentarii rerum in ecclesia gestarum

First published in Strasbourg, 1554.

*FxJ 3

Autograph draft of a Latin account of John Wicliffe and his followers, with deletions and revisions, untitled, with his original dedication to a patron (Duke Christopher of Würtemberg), 120 duodecimo leaves, in wrappers from a ?15th-century document, within modern quarter-calf marbled boards. c.1554.

This account first published in Commentarii rerum (1554). It was later translated into English and incorporated in Actes and Monuments.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 335.

De contemnendis opibus

Unpublished.

*FxJ 4

Autograph inspirational piece written while Foxe was a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford; one in a series of ‘Letters & Writings of J. Fox in ye University’.

In: the MS described under FxJ 0.3.

Recorded in Smith, ELR, 1 (1971), 211.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 388, ff. 92v-100.

De re eucharistica

Unpublished. Recorded in John Bale, Scriptorum illustrium (Basle, 1557), p. 733.

*FxJ 5

Autograph; one in a series of ‘Letters & Writings of J. Fox in ye University’.

In: the MS described under FxJ 0.3.

This MS recorded in Mozley, p. 245.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 388, ff. 175-82.

De regno clauuium disputatio adversus perturbatas conscientias

Unpublished.

*FxJ 6

Autograph inspirational piece written while Foxe was a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford; one in a series of ‘Letters & Writings of J. Fox in ye University’.

In: the MS described under FxJ 0.3.

Recorded in Smith, ELR, 1 (1971), 211.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 388, ff. 105-10.

De tota sacramenti eucharistiae causa

Unpublished.

*FxJ 7

Autograph translation into Latin of Thomas Cranmer's Answer unto a Crafty and Sophistical Cavillation. [1556-7].

Discussed in Mozley, p. 56.

British Library, Harley MS 418.

[Digest of Erasmus's Querimonia pacis]

Unpublished.

*FxJ 8

Autograph, written while Foxe was a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford; one in a series of ‘Letters & Writings of J. Fox in ye University’.

In: the MS described under FxJ 0.3.

Recorded in Smith, ELR, 1 (1971), 211.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 388, ff. 66-71.

Expostulatio Jesu Christi cum humano genere

Unpublished. Recorded in John Bale, Scriptorum illustrium (Basle, 1557), p. 733, as ‘Expostulationem Christicum homine’.

*FxJ 9

Autograph.

In: Composite volume of Foxe's papers. c.1550.

This MS recorded in Mozley, p. 243.

British Library, Harley MS 423, ff. 129r-47r.

Pandectae locorum communium

See Introduction.

Papa confutatus

First published in London, 1580.

*FxJ 10

Autograph.

In: Composite volume of theological tracts; imperfect. [1580].

British Library, Lansdowne MS 353, ff. 225-384.

Praefationis operibus D. Johann Chrysostomi praemittendae

First published in Opera D. Ioannis Chrysostomi, Vol. I (Basle, 1557).

*FxJ 11

Autograph Latin preface to an edition of the works of St Chrysostom.

In: A composite folio volume of Foxe's papers. [1557].

British Library, Harley MS 416, ff. 148r-9r.

[Preface]

Unpublished.

FxJ 12

Autograph untitled preface, beginning ‘Although ye studious mynd of thys godly brother coopiler hereof…’, inscribed in a later hand ‘Fox's Preface to a Book’.

In: the MS described under FxJ 11. [1557].

Facsimile in IELM, I.ii (1980), Facsimile XV (p. 95).

British Library, Harley MS 416, f. 145r.

Reformatio legum ecclesiasticarum

First published in London, 1571.

*FxJ 13

Copy of canon laws, formerly belonging to Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, with Foxe's autograph annotations; used for Foxe's edition of the Reformatio. [1571].

This MS discussed in Mozley, p. 80.

British Library, Harley MS 426.

Rerum in ecclesia gestarum commentarii

See FxJ 3.

A Sermon of Christ Crucified

First published in London, 1570.

FxJ 14

Notes of Foxe's sermon on 24 March 1569/70, headed ‘Mr foxe at paules crosse in good frydaye the xxiiii of februari anno 1570’ and inscribed ‘getherde bi the pson of S agnes and corrected by master fox’.

In: A composite folio volume of papers of John Foxe. c.1570.

Partly once owned by John Strype (1643-1737), ecclesiastical historian and biographer.

British Library, Harley MS 425, ff. 131v-3v.

Syllogisticon, hoc est argumenta...de re et materia sacramenti eucharistici &c

First published in London, [1560-4?].

FxJ 15

Copy, as ‘per Jo. Foxum’, in a neat roman hand, with a formal title-page ‘Syllogisticon. hoc est: Argvmenta sev Probationes & Resolutiones...De re materia Sacramenti Eucharistici. Cum Epistola ad Papistas hortatoria’. Mid-16th century.

Christ Church, Oxford, MS 140.

Tables of Grammar

First published in 1552 (no exemplum extant).

*FxJ 16

Autograph page of Latin grammar with an English explanation, probably used in the compilation of Foxe's Table of Grammar.

In: A composite volume of papers relating to Foxe and his descendants. A composite volume of papers collected by John Strype, consisting chiefly of documents relating to Foxe and his descendants, particularly concerning property, from 1584 to 1654, including (f. 95) a list of books and manuscripts belonging to Foxe. c.1551-2.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 819, f. 90.

[Tract on Rhetoric and Dialectics]

Unpublished.

*FxJ 17

Autograph, written while Foxe was a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford; one in a series of ‘Letters & Writings of J. Fox in ye University’.

In: the MS described under FxJ 0.3.

Recorded in Smith, ELR, 1 (1971), 211.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 388, ff. 71v-7v.

Dramatic works

Christus triumphans

First published in Basle, 1556. Edited, with a translation, by John Hazel Smith in Two Latin Comedies by John Foxe the Martyrologist (Ithaca & London, 1973), pp. 199-371.

*FxJ 18

Autograph draft, with extensive revisions.

In: Composite volume of MSS. c.1556 or [1658-9].

This MS collated in Smith, with a facsimile of f. 132r on p. 201. Facsimile of f. 132r also in DLB, vol. 132, Sixteenth-Century British Non-Dramatic Writers. First Series, ed. David A. Richardson (Detroit, 1993), p. 138.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 1045, ff. 132r-55.

*FxJ 19

Exemplum of the edition of 1556 containing MS annotations, possibly used as a prompt book for a production (at Oxford or Cambridge?). c.1562?

Formerly *53-1371.

This item collated in Smith, p. 376 et seq.

Harvard, *EC F8364 556c.

Titus et Gesippus

First published, with a translation, in Two Latin Comedies by John Foxe the Martyrologist, ed. John Hazel Smith (Ithaca & London, 1973), pp. 50-197.

*FxJ 20

Autograph draft, with extensive revisions, written while Foxe was a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford; one in a series of ‘Letters & Writings of J. Fox in ye University’.

In: the MS described under FxJ 0.3.

Edited from this MS in Smith, with a facsimile of f. 121r on p. 53.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 388, ff. 121-46, 112-16.

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous Papers

*FxJ 21

A large collection of Foxe's papers. A large collection of Foxe's papers bound in ten volumes, consisting of numerous letters, notes, transcripts and theological tracts, some autograph, some in other hands, many relating to his work as a martyrologist. 16th century.

Once owned by John Strype (1643-1737)

These MSS analysed in A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum (London, 1808), I, 236-50, 359. For individual works see FxJ 9, FxJ 11, FxJ 12, FxJ 14.

British Library, Harley MSS 416-417, 419-425, 590.

*FxJ 22

Copy in: the MS described under FxJ 0.3.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 388.

*FxJ 23

A bound collection of Foxe's papers, consisting of documents and transcripts used in the writing of Actes and Monuments, most of them being Edited in that work. 16th century.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 389.

*FxJ 24

Copy in: the MS described under FxJ 16. c.1551-2.

British Library, Lansdowne MS 819.

FxJ 25

Five items apparently owned and used by Foxe; corresponding to Nos 3, 4, 5, 17 (part), and 18 in a list of 23 ‘Manuscripts out of John Fox his study’ (f. 29r): namely, the historical documents on ff. 389r-90r, 481r-8r, 391r-426r, 4r-13x, and 431r-70v respectively. Mid-late 16th century.

In: A folio composite volume of state letters and tracts, in various hands, 488 leaves (plus blanks), in red morocco gilt.

The list of Foxe's MSS is printed in J. Conway Davies, Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (London, 1972), I, 43-4. The contents of the volume are analysed in this catalogue, Vol. II, 847-57.

Inner Temple Library, Petyt MS 538, Vol. 46, passim.

FxJ 26

Fourteen items owned and used by Foxe; corresponding to Nos 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17 (part), 19 (possibly), and 22 in a list of 23 ‘Manuscripts out of John Fox his study’ (Petyt MS 538, Volume 46, f. 29r): namely, the historical documents on ff. 303-14r, 364x-72v, 392r-3v, 1r-11v, 353r-63r, 394r-5r, 390r, 389r, 415r-16r, 398r-406r, 66r-8r, 410r-14r, 397r (possibly), and 410r respectively.

In: A folio composite volume of state letters and papers, in various hands and paper sizes, 592 leaves, in red morocco gilt.

The list of Foxe's MSS is printed in J. Conway Davies, Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (London, 1972), I, 43-4. The contents of the volume are analysed in this catalogue, Vol. II, 857-83.

Inner Temple Library, Petyt MS 538, Vol. 47, passim.