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Racking the Body, Shaping the Text: The Account of Anne Askew in Foxe's "Book of Martyrs"

Thomas S. Freeman and Sarah Elizabeth Wall
Renaissance Quarterly
Vol. 54, No. 4, Part 1 (Winter, 2001), pp. 1165-1196
DOI: 10.2307/1261970
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1261970
Page Count: 32
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Abstract

Current scholarship on Anne Askew has tended to disparage the editorial tactics of John Bale, her first editor, as intrusive and distorting. In contrast, the reprinting of her text by John Foxe, in his "Book of Martyrs," has been commended for its lack of editorial intervention. Yet a fresh consideration of Foxe's work with Askew's narrative suggests that Foxe's shaping force in the text was as strong as Bale's, if more subtle. Furthermore, attempts to locate Askew's authorial agency within one text or the other impose modern ideas about authorship on a period in which such ideas were still being formed.

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