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A drawing showing the changes to churches which took place in the reign of Edward VI. It comes from a book called 'Actes and monuments of these latter and perilous day's...' by John Foxe. This is usually known as Foxe's Book of Martyrs. It was first published in 1563 and was reprinted many times.

Context
This image shows scenes from the time of Edward VI. Edward VI was keen to make England more Protestant than his father Henry VIII had allowed. For ordinary people it meant that Edward's reign saw new church services. There were also changes to the insides of churches, making them simpler and plainer, with fewer paintings, statues or other images.

Puzzled?
This picture contains lots of smaller images, all of which have a message. At the top, the picture shows the churches being emptied of statues and other images. Catholics felt these things helped their faith and they are shown loading what they can save on to the 'ship of the Romish Church'. Protestants said images were a distraction from listening to the words of God in the Bible. They called them trinkets, meaning just an ornament.

The lower half of the picture shows Edward on his throne as head of the Church and King of England. It also shows a simpler church with people gathered around the pulpit to hear the minister explaining about the Bible.

Taken from: Acts and Monuments of matters most speciall and memorable, happening in the Church, with a universall historie of the same.
Creator: John Fox
Publisher: The Company of Stationers, London
Date created: 1641
Copyright: By permission of the British Library Board
Shelfmark: C.78.i.3 (vol. 2)