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The work comprises five books, first covering the early Christian martyrs, a brief history of the medieval church, and the Wycliffite or Lollard movement. It then examines the reign of Henry VIII during which the dispute with Rome led to the separation of the English Church from papal authority. The final book treats the reign of Queen Mary and the Marian Persecutions. Foxe based his accounts of martyrs before the early modern period on writers such as Eusebius, Bede, Matthew Paris, and others. While critics faulted him for inaccuracies, he did compile his English martyrology (Lollards through the Marian Persecutions) from primary sources such as episcopal registers, trial reports, and eyewitness testimonies.
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