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Martyrs' Mirror: Persecution and Holiness in Early New England

Adrian Chastain Weimer


This book examines the folklore of martyrdom in seventeenth-century Protestant culture, exploring how Congregationalists, Separatists, Antinomians, Baptists, and Quakers imagined themselves within biblical and historical narratives of persecution. Memories of martyrdom, especially John Foxe’s stories of the Protestants killed during the reign of Queen Mary in the mid-sixteenth century, were central to a model of holiness and political legitimacy. This examination of the notions of persecution and martyrdom as they move in and out of the sermons, letters, diaries, and poetry of the period revea ... More

Keywords: martyrdom, persecution, tolerance, holiness, New England, Native American, historical imagination, suffering, religious liberty, John Foxe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199743117
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743117.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrian Chastain Weimer, author
University of Mississippi