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Lost at Sea

Tools for Navigation: Sermons and Prayers, cont'd

John Frith. Vox piscis. London, 1627

Preachers often sought to reveal the secrets of the deep, and this anonymously published volume took the claim literally. Vox Piscis, or The Book-Fish consists of three theological treatises supposedly discovered in the belly of a recently-caught codfish. The tracts were reprints of radical writings by the sixteenth-century martyr John Frith.  Placing Frith’s words in the fish’s belly transformed them into divine wisdom from the bottom of the sea. From the belly of the cod came a nonhuman voice proclaiming God’s will to an England that was again becoming divided by religion.


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John Frith. Vox piscis. London, 1627

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