Foxe's Book of Martyrs

Foxe's Book of Martyrs

by John Foxe


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Foxe's Book of Martyrs by John Foxe

An early English Protestant, John Foxe fled from England to Strasbourg, France, when Mary Tudor became queen. There, he occupied himself with a Latin history of the Christian persecutions and he printed, in Latin, the first part of his history of the persecution of Protestant reformers. First published under the title “Actes and Monuments” in 1563, “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” is an account of Christian martyrs throughout Western history, emphasizing the sufferings of English Protestants and proto-Protestants from the fourteenth century through the reign of Mary I. The book helped mold British popular opinion about the Catholic Church for several centuries as it was widely owned and read by English Puritans. During Elizabeth’s reign, this book was highly celebrated and even became required reading. It was placed in churches and reprinted in shorter editions so that many households possessed a copy. Expanded extensively over the course of Foxe’s life, “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” is made readily accessible in this 19th century abridgement. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420957235
Publisher: Neeland Media
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Pages: 536
Sales rank: 574,794
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.19(d)

About 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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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.

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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stop cursing !!!!!!!!!!! You read this book and curse GOD!!!!!! Fool!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.