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Brice, Thomas (1535/6–1570/71), martyrologist, was born in the hamlet of Billericay, Essex. His father's name was probably John Bryce. Nothing else is known about his early life until Mary's reign, when he is recorded by Foxe as having smuggled heretical books from Wesel...

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Chauncy, Maurice (c. 1509–1581), prior of Sheen Anglorum and martyrologist, was the eldest son of John Chauncy, esquire, of Pishiobury near Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, and his first wife, Elizabeth, widow of Richard Marfield, and daughter and heir of John Profit of Barcombe, Sussex. Sir Henry Chauncy...

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John Foxe (1516/1717–1587) by unknown artist, 1587 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Foxe, John (1516/17–1587), martyrologist, was born at Boston, Lincolnshire. His father, who may have been related to Henry Foxe, an affluent merchant who became mayor of the town in 1551, died while John Foxe was very young. John's mother subsequently married Richard Melton...