Foxe's Book of Martyrs

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“I picked up this book soon after making a commitment to Christ. At first I was shocked by the images of Christians suffering and dying for their faith. But soon I was drawn into the accounts of how these ordinary men and women—no different from you or me—could face every kind of opposition rather than deny their Lord. Reading their stories marked me and helped me resolve to follow Christ no matter what the cost.”
—Mark Mittelberg, Executive Director of Evangelism for the Willow Creek Association and author of Becoming a Contagious Church

From the first-century stoning of Stephen through his own perilous time—Reformation-era England—John Foxe recounts the lives, sufferings, and triumphant deaths of dozens of Christian martyrs. [Some were people of rank and influence. Some were ordinary folk. Some were his friends.] Four centuries later, these deeply moving accounts of faith and courage mark a path for modern Christians to measure the depth of their commitment.

This edition, edited by William Byron Forbush (1868-1927), contains Foxes original material as well as some later additions (see chapters 5 , 6, & 10 particularly).

Hendrickson Christian Classics is planned to include all the timeless books that generations of believers have treasured. Each volume in the series is freshly retypeset, while thoughtful new prefaces explore their spiritual and historical contexts. For contemporary readers, here is an essential library of Christian wisdom through the ages.
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565635043
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Series: Hendrickson Christian Classics
  • Edition description: Value Price
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

John Foxe (1516-87) was a professor at Oxford, then a minister in London before being forced to flee to Europe when Queen Mary came to power. While in Europe he wrote this classic and published it after returning to England when Queen Elizabeth took the throne.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface

Biographical Sketch

The Early Christians

The Story of Constantine the Great

John Wickliff, the Morning Star of the Reformation

The Leader of the Lollards: The Trouble and Persecution of the Most Valiant and Worthy Martyr of Christ, Sir John Oldcastle, Knight Lord Cobham

The History of Master John Huss

The Life and Story of the True Servant and Martyr of God, William Tyndale

The History of Doctor Martin Luther

The Story, Life, and Martyrdom of Master John Hooper, Bishop of Worcester and Gloucester

A Faithful Parish Clergyman: The History of Dr. Rowland Taylor

The Martyrs of Scotland

The Story and Life of Master Latimer

The Story of Bishop Ridley

The Trial, Condemnation, and Martyrdom of Ridley and Latimer

The Fires of Smithfield

The Life, State, and Story of the Reverend Pastor and Prelate, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury

Anecdotes and Sayings of Other Martyrs

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First Chapter

Chapter 1 THE EARLY CHRISTIANS

CHRIST our Saviour, in the Gospel of St Matthew, hearing the confession of Simon Peter, who, first of all other, openly acknowledged Him to be the Son of God, and perceiving the secret hand of His Father therein, called him (alluding to his name) a rock, upon which rock He would build His Church so strong, that the gates of hell should not prevail against it. In which words three things are to be noted: First, that Christ will have a Church in this world. Secondly, that the same Church should mightily be impugned, not only by the world, but also by the uttermost strength and powers of all hell. And, thirdly, that the same Church, notwithstanding the uttermost of the devil and all his malice, should continue.

Which prophecy of Christ we see wonderfully to be verified, insomuch that the whole course of the Church to this day may seem nothing else but a verifying of the said prophecy. First, that Christ hath set up a Church, needeth no declaration. Secondly, what force of princes, kings, monarchs, governors, and rulers of this world, with their subjects, publicly and privately, with all their strength and cunning, have bent themselves against this Church! And, thirdly, how the said Church, all this notwithstanding, hath yet endured and holden its ,own! What storms and tempests it hath overpast, wondrous it is to behold: for the more evident declaration whereof, I have addressed this present history, to the end, first, that the wonderful works of God in His Church might appear to His glory; also that, the continuance and proceedings of the Church, from time to time, being set forth, more knowledge and experience may redound thereby, to the profit of the reader and edification of Christian faith.

At the first preaching of Christ, and coming of the Gospel, who should rather have known and received him than the Pharisees and Scribes of that people which had His law? and yet who persecuted and rejected Him more than they themselves? What followed? They, in refusing Christ to be their King, and choosing rather to be subject unto Caesar, were by the said Caesar at length destroyed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2007

    Wow. I knew there were many martyrs but not that this many were so well documented!

    It is very eye opening to read about the martyrdom of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. It affirms Jesus's word about how the servent will be called from the house of satan even more than He was! It seems like the Roman Catholic Church spent more time murdering Protestants than studying the Word. My prayer is for Catholics to read the Bible for themselves and become true Christians, and realize that the RCC is not trying to teach them salvation, but slavery. Religion and spirituality are not the same thing. May God reveal Himself to our Catholic brothers! (and may we not need to print more and bigger volumes of this book!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2005

    A darn good book

    This book is a well written piece. This book seperates the Catholic Sect from the christian sect very well. It starts with the death and synompis of the 12 Apostles and goes well into early 18th Century. Well writte nand backed this book has bee na source of history for many years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Crucial Addition to a Believer's Library

    I can't say enough about this work. John Foxe, over years of research and compiling history, legend, and the early Church Father's writing, produced a timeless text for the ages. This particular version is uniquely formatted for ease of reading on the Nook platform. Section three gets into martyrs of the 20th century. An absolutely compelling and challenging book that should question your devotion to following the Lord. "During this century alone, more Christians have been killed for their faith than in all the previous centuries combined." Educators - if you were to use this text in the classroom, there is a convenient study guide integrated into the back of the book that you may find useful for your objectives. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2003

    A Must Have for any Christian Reader

    I thought that this book was fantastic! It beautifully shows the persecution of early Chrisians, from the time of Jesus of Nazareth to the days of the Catholic Church's terror. With such sories as the lives of Constantine, Ignatious, William Tyndale, and Martin Luther, John Foxe correctly documents their lives. It shows anyone who thinks that Christians have no faith that countless numbers were willing to die for their beliefs. From the Roman persecutions to the Catholic 'heresys' , Foxe describes (according to historical documents) each of the great martyrs deaths. From being thrown to the lions, to being burned at the stake, Foxe accounts every word or action they did while dying. On the run from persecution himself, Foxe knew first-hand what it was like to be persecuted. John Foxe brought many unknown acts of the Romans and Catholic church to light, and thus furthered Christianity in all its true glory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2002

    Definitive evidence as to why Catholicism should not be confused with Christianity

    A common misconception today is that Catholics are Christians. This book outlines hundreds of cases to evidence why they are not the same, or even closely related. If you have a friend who is confused about where Catholicism came from or how it developed, get them this book. Aside from law books, I have yet to find a book so conentrated in content and account, even to the point of making one pause after each one. It is a long read to all but the hardest conscience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2005

    Take this book with a grain of salt

    The historical impact of this book is considerable: it was almost single-handedly responsible for the rise of anti-Catholicism in England. The accounts contained in this book are not intended so much to educate, as to raise the fury of the reader against the Roman Catholic Church. As an account of Protestant Reformation thought, this book is very valuable, but historical scholarship has somewhat improved since 1563, when it was first published. This book is certainly an exciting read, but think critically about it before accepting all its claims at face value.

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