Foxe, John (1517-1587), Church historian, was born at Boston in Lincolnshire. He was entered at Brasenose College, Oxford, and in 1543 .became Fellow of Magdalen, which society expelled him for heresy in 1545. In Queen Mary's reign he went to Basel, and corrected the press for a printer there. In Elizabeth's reign he returned to England, and received a pension from the Duke of Norfolk. He was also a prebendary of Salisbury. In 1575 he pleaded with the queen on behalf of persecuted Dutch Anabaptists. His History of the Acts and Monuments of the Church, commonly called the Book of Martyrs, was first printed in 1563, and has passed through many editions.