NEW

Former Liberal Democrat Leader’s Remarks on the Death of Queen Elizabeth

Former Liberal Democrat Leader’s Remarks on the Death of Queen Elizabeth Tim Farron (Lib-Dem), MP for Westmoreland and Lonsdale spoke from the floor of the House of Commons to express his thoughts on the late Queen Elizabeth. The day after her untimely demise he...

Queen’s Choice of Hymns and Scripture Readings

Queen’s Choice of Hymns & Scripture Readings Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth demonstrated the depth of her faith and understanding of the scriptures and hymnody when planning her funeral.  The hymns were melodic works of substance, truth, and comfort designed for...

Church Leaders and Parliamentarians Pay Tribute

Church Leaders and Parliamentarians Pay Tribute In a statement given shortly after the announcement of the Queen’s death, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby said: “As we grieve together, we know that, in losing our beloved Queen, we have lost the person whose...

Keene Review: God’s Church for God’s World Part One

God’s Church for God’s World Faithful perspectives on mission and ministry Tom Woolford and Adam Young (eds.) IVP, 2022 (ISBN: 9781789742244, 218pp, £19.99) Part One   This is an important book which takes a snapshot of evangelical ministry in 2022. The title and...

The Faith of the Queen; A Cleric’s Reflections

The Faith of the Queen A Cleric’s Reflections As far as we know, Queen Elizabeth II commended only one book published during her long reign. In 2016 she penned the Foreword to a volume produced jointly by the Bible Society, HOPE and the London Institute of...

Collins: The Elizabethan Settlement

The Elizabethan Settlement By Revd Canon Chuck Collins Queen of England for 44 years, Elizabeth died March 24, 1603. She was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, the last of the five monarchs in the House of Tudor. She never married ("Virgin Queen"). Her coffin...

Pilgrim’s Process: Rebuke

Pilgrim’s Process By the Revd Dr Peter Sanlon Rebuke In the fifth century some monks in France realised that Augustine’s theological writings commended a Biblical and God focused vision of the Christian pilgrimage. Augustine has been called the ‘Doctor of grace’ for...

Anglican Bishop of Norwich Joins in Roman Catholic Requiem Mass for The Queen

Anglican Bishop of Norwich Joins in Roman Catholic Requiem Mass for The Queen Church of England Bishop of Norwich, Graham Usher joined in a Roman Catholic Requiem Mass for Her Majesty The Queen at St John’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Norwich on 15 September.   Roman...

The Queen’s Faith in Her Own Words

The Queen’s Faith – in Her Own Words Its formal name was ‘Her Majesty’s Most Gracious Speech’. To the royal household, it was known as the QXB – the Queen’s Christmas broadcast. Queen Elizabeth II spoke about the significance of Christmas to more people than anyone...

Anglican Futures: A Cure for the Lambeth Hangover?

Anglican Futures Commentary A Cure for the Lambeth Hangover? As the bishops of the Anglican Communion disembark from their flights and return to their dioceses, there is a danger that some will rub their eyes, and realise that however great the party was, there has...

Chuck Collins: John Day & Foxe’s Book

John Day & Foxe’s Book

By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins

John Day was the foremost printer/publisher of the English Reformation. He is best known for collaborating with John Foxe in compiling and printing Actes and Monuments of These Latter and Perillous Dayes (Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, publish in Latin in 1554). The first English version was published in 1563 and it went through four editions in Foxe’s lifetime, and many more later editions. It was dedicated to Queen Elizabeth who, after reading it, immediately ordered that Foxe’s Book of Martyrs be in every church, common hall, and college. 

Because of Day (and Foxe!), we know the tragic details of the deaths of the Lollards (followers of John Wycliffe), Thomas Cranmer, Hugh Latimer, and Nicholas Ridley, and many of the other 300 Protestant martyrs who were burned at the stake in the reign of Mary Tudor (Bloody Mary). In the 1570 edition, the scope of the book was expanded to include Christian martyrs from the early church through the Reformation.

John Day began his career at the age of twenty-five at the time the new King Edward VI reversed the English prohibition on expressing unauthorised religious opinions that had been in force since the Act of Six Articles (1539). The vast majority of the books published during Day’s career were in support of the religion of Reformation Anglicanism and Thomas Cranmer’s push towards a new English liturgy. For example, ten of twenty books he published with his partner in 1558 had to do with the debate over eucharistic doctrine. 

 

Day wanted the Bible available for everyone and so printed small versions for the less affluent, and bigger more expensive Bibles for the well-to-do. The death of King Edward triggered the sequence of royal measures forbidding the printing and sale of Reformation literature, that was then followed by public burnings of Protestant books. When the Catholic Queen Mary came to the throne many printers ran for their lives to the continent, but Day stayed behind continuing to publish evangelical works under the pseudonym  “N. Dorcaster of Wittenberg” and “Michael Wood of Rouen.” 

 

He was finally caught and imprisoned for his indiscretions. With the accession of Elizabeth I on November 17, 1558, Day was restored to favour and he quickly rose to prominence in the London book trade. John Day died July 23, 1583 after a long and constant career of promoting the Bible as God’s uniquely inspired Word, “for both in the Old and New Testament everlasting life is offered to Mankind by Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and Man” (Thirty-nine Articles, VII). 

 

The Revd Canon Chuck Collins is the Director for the Center for Reformation Anglicanism.

Previous

Next