"...Susannah Brietz Monta's book, like all the best recent work on the topic, has progressed past anatomizing and hysteria...her study level-headedly accepts that martyrs tended to behave in an exemplary manner, and sets out to ask how and why." Times Literary Supplement, Alison Shell
"This is a significant contribution to the study of the Protestant and Catholic martyrologies written between 1540 and 1640."
Retha M. Warnicke, Arizona State University, Religious Studies Review
"Monta's innovative, sensitive, and at times brilliant book is to be recommended to scholars and students of literature, religion, and history, for the way in which it treats the fate of truth-claiming texts in a truth-fragmented age, when martyrs abounded and redemption depended (to paraphrase Henry Garnet), on a faith not 'dreamed' but 'trew'" - Sarah Covington, Queens College, City University of New York