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n. pl. mar·tyr·ol·o·gies
1. An official list or catalog of religious martyrs, especially of Christian martyrs.
2. An account of the life and manner of death of a martyr.
3. The branch of ecclesiastical history or hagiography that deals with martyrs.

mar′tyr·ol′o·gist n.
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In keeping with this line of thought, the English Protestant martyrologist John Foxe depicted martyrs who resisted feelings of pain and felt only "mild" deaths, because their virtuous reformed spirits had triumphed over bodily pain through faith and piety.
(16) See table 2 under the heading, "The Brussels Narrative," for the title of a Latin manuscript, now missing, recorded by the seventeenth-century Jesuit martyrologist Philippe Alegambe, SJ, discussed further below.
He de-emphasises the moral idealism of the Protestant sacred biography that had been reported popularly by those such as the martyrologist Foxe, or the bishop Godwin, even as he anticipates the exemplary lives (his own included) that would be reported later by writers such as Fuller and John Aubrey.
Roger Hieron was a schoolmaster who was convinced by the martyrologist John Foxe to leave teaching and become a clergyman.
The Protestant martyrologist, John Foxe, admits in his Acts and Monuments of 1583 that More is "in wit and learning singular" but adds that More "dallieth out the matter, thinking to jest poor simple truth out of countenance." (7) More's jests form part of his poetical and therefore imaginative vision of Catholic doctrine.
Lutherans were also represented by the martyrologist Ludwig Rabus--whose Historien der Heyligen AuBerwolten Gottes Zetigen, Bekennern und Martyrern (1552-1558) contained woodcuts (10)--and Calvinists in France by the largely unillustrated works of the martyrologist Jean Crespin.
Foxe, Titus et Gesippus in Two Latin Comedies by John Foxe the Martyrologist: Titus et Gesippus; Christus Triumphans, ed.
The detail of plots against her may have been exaggerated by the martyrologist John Foxe (1517-87), but there were rumours i picked up by the diplomatic community of Henry's displeasure at her childlessness.
(10) The martyrologist John Foxe was one of countless evangelicals to reciprocate in kind: in interpreting scripture, the Catholic clergy were said in his Actes and Monuments (1570) to "darken the right sense with the mist of their sophistry [...] wresting the Scripture unto their own purpose, contrary unto the process, order, and meaning of the text [...]" (1226).
Two decades later martyrologist John Foxe, in his Actes and Monuments, claimed that in 1541 in Shoreditch, 'Shermons, Keeper of the Carpenter's Hall in Christ's parish, was presented for procuring an interlude to be openly played, wherein priests were railed on and called knaves'.
According to Shepardson, martyrologist Jean Crespin recorded the deaths of seven French women put to death by the Parlement of Paris, as compared with 157 men (120).
In 1563, Protestant martyrologist John Foxe published his Acts and Monuments chronicling the suffering of the victims of persecution during the Marian Counter Reformation.