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The Martyrs' Memorial at Oxford

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 May 2003

ANDREW ATHERSTONE
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33 Mattock Way, Abingdon, Oxford OX14 2PQ; e-mail: c&a@atherstone53.freeserve.co.uk

Abstract

The Martyrs' Memorial at Oxford is usually interpreted as an anti-Tractarian statement provoked by the publication of R. H. Froude's notorious Remains. This paper argues, however, that the monument's anti-Catholic nature has been overlooked, largely as a result of interpreting the scheme in the light of subsequent developments. Much of the original polemic surrounding the project was directed exclusively against Roman Catholicism and it won support from a wide theological spectrum within the Church of England. The heated debate over the wording of the inscription is examined, as is the question of whether the memorial should take the form of a Martyrs' Church or a Martyrs' Monument.

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© 2003 Cambridge University Press

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Footnotes

I am grateful to Mark Chapman, Jane Garnett, Hugh McLeod, Judith Maltby and Peter Nockles for their comments on earlier versions of this paper. Thanks are also due to the Birmingham Oratory; the Bodleian Library; the British Library; the Warden and Fellows of Keble College, Oxford; the Trustees of Lambeth Palace Library; and the Principal and Chapter of Pusey House, Oxford, for permission to publish material from their collections.

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