John Foxe on CD-ROM
Everyone with an interest in William Tyndale and other early Reformers will know of Foxe's Acts and Monuments. They will have seen references to Foxe in books on Tyndale, and may have read extracts - some have been printed in this Journal. But few will have read Foxe for themselves, and even fewer will own a copy. Now anyone with a computer - PC or Mac - can have a copy of Foxe, because Acts and Monuments has been published on CD-ROM.
It is on the Reformation History Library CD from Ages Software. The edition reproduced is the second nineteenth century one with a 'life of the martyrologist, and vindication of his work' by George Townsend, published 1843-49, but the CD does not give this information. A major advantage of having the work on CD is that it can be easily searched, but sometimes a little ingenuity is called for because of inconsistent or unusual spelling. For example, Robert Pigot in the Kalendar is Pygot in the text, and the Fenland town is spelled Wisbeach.
Of course, a CD-ROM can accommodate much more than Foxe, and this CD is a veritable omnium. gatherum. Merle d'Aubigne's History of the Reformation in the time of Calvin and History of the Reformation of the sixteenth century are here. The latter includes an account of the Reformation in England to the death of Henry VIII and contains a section titled The English New Testament and the Court of Rome.There is a popular book, Heroes of the Reformation,by Gideon and Hilda Hagstotz (1951), which tells the stories of Tyndale, 'Kingpin of the English Reformation', Coverdale, Wycliffe and John Rogers. The story of the English Bible can be read in Christopher Anderson, The annals of the English Bible. There is a fascinating Chronology of biblical Christianity from 4004 BC to AD 1992 by R.C.Wetzel, in which can be found references, for example, to Tyndale, Coverdale and Rogers - and far more notices of Anabaptists and Baptists than normally occur in a history.
And finally I must mention that the Parker Society edition of Tyndale's Doctrinal treatises is included. The current issue of the CD is version 2. Perhaps in version 3 we may have the other two volumes. I have mentioned the items on the CD, which will most interest members of the Tyndale Society. There is much more.
The Reformation History Library CD-ROM is most easily
obtained in Britain from: The Timperley Evangelical Trust, 183 Wythenshawe
Road, Manchester, M23 OAD Fax/phone 0161 374 1089
Website: http://www.tetsystems.co.uk .
The cost is £40.
The address of Ages Software is: PO
Box 216, Rio, WI 53960, USA
The author wishes to point out that this is not a review of the CD-Rom but simply useful information for readers.