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Fox's Book Of Martyrs

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  9,279 ratings  ·  189 reviews
A great Christian classic, this book describes the heroism and martyrdom of countless believers. It has been an unparalleled volume since its 16th-century origin.
Published June 1st 1978 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published 1563)
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I'm learning what it means to truly stand for what you believe in, and that Christianity will not die no matter what. Many men of power have hated true christianity and all those who followed Jesus Christ and His principles. And they tried in vain to use their power and influence to erase christianity and the memory of it from the earth. Men of power even today try to get rid of christianity through many means. Some may use the means of execution and physical torture for any captured followers o ...more
Every Christian should read this book.
The Renaissance of the fifteenth through sixteenth centuries, generally thought of in glowing terms of cultural and artistic re-birth, had its dark side. The development of political absolutism, which Niccolo Machiavelli prescribed in The Prince, combined with the crisis of the Reformation led to many shameful episodes of religious intolerance and butchery. The Inquisition, the Thirty Years War, the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre, the anti-popes, and England's Marian Persecutions have tainted, ...more
Mary A
Whoa. This book blew my mind, in the best way possible. Normally I am very disturbed by scary or gruesome details, but for some reason this book did not bother me in that way and I was able to go on reading, and in fact, be incredibly edified by the stories. I suppose that in my mind, if suffering is explicitly for the gospel it feels different. And indeed I felt strengthened by the stories of those saints who have gone before me. I truly had no idea of the extent of the persecution for a thousa ...more
Well, if you ever want to know the depths of cruelty that humans can sink to, when people don't think the way they want you to, this is the book for you. At least 9 of the original 12 apostles were martyred, beheaded, stoned, crucified, and worse, for their faith, and it only goes downhill from there.
This follows history throughout the ages, as the church absconds, (for lack of a better word ) with lands, money, and titles by accusing anyone, albeit, rich or poor of not being part of the church
Randy Alcorn
As a new Christian, a teenager, in 1969 I read Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. Those powerful stories ignited me, raised the bar of my commitment to Christ, and gave me a love for persecuted Christians. I pray this wonderful book from Voice of the Martyrs will do the same for countless readers. Hebrews 11 is still being written throughout the world—may we learn from those stories. And, empowered by Christ, may we live in such a way that our own stories might one day be worth telling.
I've read this so many times now I have lost count. You wouldn't think a book with the word "martyr" in it would be uplifting, but it really is. When you seem people who are so sold out in whom they believe they would give their life, it helps life seem more black and white than it usually seems.
Michael Pate
How can we not continue to serve Him, with so great a cloud of witnesses that have gone before us. We have not resisted unto death, but many hero's of the faith have done so! Jesus Christ is worth it all!!!
Mom 2
Jul 21, 2008 Mom 2 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every follower of Jesus
Sorry everthing I write is long - I'm a very fast typist. We often don't want to hear about the sufferings of the followers of Jesus, or be found reading about them because someone might think we're obsessing. In any case, I look through this book every few years to remind myself how good I have it in America and that we may be losing our freedom of speech, we still can worship God openly with a congregation. We can still talk about HIm to our friends without the threat of open persecution. This ...more
This was a very interesting book. It is probably more of a reference book than a piece of non-fiction to pick up and read, but I really learned tons. Since I don't own it (yet), I wanted the read the entire thing before returning it.

This book recounts the lives, sufferings and violent deaths of all martyrs from Stephen (in the New Testiment) to Reformation England. It is written by John Foxe during the reign of Elisabeth, so he know many of these events first or second hand. He writes of the Sp
This book gets no stars. It started out interesting before suddenly turning into a long, hateful, anti-Catholic tirade. Admittedly, I stopped reading this book a quarter of the way through when I reached the words, '...the great Antichrist of Europe, or Pope of Rome, and his diversely disguised host of anointed hypocrites...'

At this point I started flipping pages to random places in the rest of the book looking for any reason to continue reading. I came across claims that called the entire book'
Some day, I really will finish this book. Really, I will. I think i've started it 3, maybe 4, times. I think the caustic combination for me is the ancient language combined with the heart wrenching subject matter. I usually scorn the adaptations (for the modern reader) and have thousands of pages in the original works (Les Miserables, Shakespeare, and The Counte of Monte Cristo come immediately to mind) but this is one work I would recommend a modern adaptation...
Mike (the Paladin)
I held off on reviewing this book in that I haven't "sat down" and read it through. I have read in it. This book can be a bit much if one simply sets out to read through it. I rate it highly for those who have suffered, those who still suffer (Google Voice of the Martyrs) and their witness. This is probably another book that should transcend the "good or bad" , "enjoyable or not" label.
These are people whose faith supersedes pride, who willingly accept the literal fire in the name of God. I may never have faith like that. It's frightening to think of a world in the near past that people had to make a choice between death and lies, between telling the Truth and submitting to a false religion. This stuff is real. Christians now don't think of this often enough.
This book was required reading at the private high school I attended. I have absolutely no interest in re-reading it. I can still remember the overwhelming sense of guilt I felt as a teenager because I'd rather pretend to be a heathen than stand up and get my head chopped off for Jesus.
Christopher Colegrove
One of the top three books everyone should read: The Bible, Foxe's Book of Martyrs, and The Pilgrim's Progress. One doesn't even need to be a "reformed" protestant to read it. Story of Rogers is striking. All true stories that have implications today in our lives.
This book is true history and inspirational. Gives clear understanding to the apostles letters in the bible and Jesus' words about persecution and foresaking all for the Love of Christ. This is a must read
So far, I'm blown away by what people are willing to endure for something they truly believe in and the horror others are willing to put upon others for their refusal to assimilate.
Tough to wade through but definitely worth the time, especially if you are feeling sorry for yourself in your walk with the Lord!
David Sarkies
Nov 14, 2012 David Sarkies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians and Historians
Recommended to David by: My Church
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This is a book that is all about Christian martyrs and it makes pretty grim reading namely because it is all about people who are being persecuted for their faith and undergo incredible suffering and hardship and end up dying in some of the most gruesome manners possible. In fact it is an incredibly depressing book and one that as a Christian I found to be very hard to read. Mind you, it is not something that we of any faith or persuasion should ignore, especially if we live in relative securit ...more
Mark Uncommon Valor
During the passover, the scribes and Pharisees put the Apostle James on top of the temple, calling out to him, " You just man, whom we all ought to obey, this people is going astray after Jesus, who was crucified."

And James answered, " Why do you ask me of Jesus the Son of Man ? He sits on the right hand of the Most High and shall come in the clouds of heaven."

Hearing this, many in the crowd were persuaded
and glorified God, crying, " Hosanna to the Son of David !"

Then the scribes and Pharisees
I’m not going to sugar coat it, this book is extremely sad. In the mid-1500’s, John Foxe wrote a detailed account of the entire history of persecution in the church up until that time. This edition was updated through the 21st century. Starting with Jesus, Fox gives details about the deaths of actual martyrs. Did you catch that? This isn’t a made up story. These are real people who gave their lives for Christ. This book might scare you. It might make you cry. But I hope that is not all it does. ...more
V.K. Sansone
I expect to have my eyes opened to the horrors of many Christians brothers and sisters who have been stoned, beheaded, sawed into, boiled alive in oil, flayed and stripped alive, crucified, exiled and many atrocities that have been done to them in years past. As Cain slew
Abel and his blood cried up from the ground for justice
and mercy of GOD to avenge his death, I believe all of these Christian martyrs will also cry for GOD to avenge
their blood that was spilled by the hatred of others agaisnt th
It's an amazing historical account of spiritual giants who sacrificed their lives in defense of their beliefs. After having read this, there's very little legitimacy for latter-day believers to complain.

Just a heads up: This is a fully descriptive narrative of the martyrdoms, and as such it is flat out gruesome. I was continually shocked that persecuting human beings could be so horrible to any other person, especially to women and children. That being said, the violence is in no way gratuitous
Michael Mcdaid

A interesting book on the history of the church and those that died to help bring about needed change. As a book it is interesting but hard to read due to the way it is written. Would recommend Jesus Freaks: DC Talk and The Voice of the Martyrs - Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus, the Ultimate Jesus Freaks or Jesus Freaks, Volume 2: Stories of Revolutionaries Who Changed Their World - Fearing God, Not Man instead.
Brian Eshleman
My experience with this book was that so many brief descriptions on the martyred saints' lives followed by the death that they died actually began to numb the reader to the tragic and heroic nature of each instance. The author's constant railing against "Romish" and "popish" belief systems that led to the martyrdom of Protestants leads one to wonder how many Catholics were martyred by Protestants in later years. The best part of this book was when it went into a little more depth in describing m ...more
This book was an education on the early Christian martyrs. There were more martyrs than I ever realized. Foxe's 16th century prose had a hard time keeping my attention, and for that reason it took me forever to read. After a while it was hard to distinguish from one martyr to another - so and so preached that the sacrament was not the literal body of Christ - they had the opportunity to retract their statements - they didn't, so they were sent to a tower - eventually burned at the stake. Everyon ...more
This was a hard one to rate. It is not pleasant reading. It is not well written. It is rather dry. But it is an important historical book. Foxe's goal was to chronicle the lives of all the martyrs that he discovered from the Disciples through his death in 1587. But someone, and it's not clear who, added to this work and chronicled early missionary efforts through 1819. It covers treatment of Christians under the Romans, to the Inquisition, through the Reformaton, and the beginning of missionary ...more
CJ Bowen
Tremendous and tragic. Foxe's temperament and work on this book gave him a personal distaste for religious violence that does him credit. To be sure, he presents the Anglican side, and the Roman Catholic church bears the brunt of his opprobrium. Some incredible stories; easy to forget that only two hundred years ago, Christians were burning each other to death for religious disagreements. It is horrible to realize how much persecution of Christians is done by Christians. But we must remember tha ...more
Marisa Bennett
This book was one of the last books I happened upon while studying in a Bible College library. It broke my heart, made me filled with wonder at the courage and faithfulness...ever since I have wondered about all the martyrs in world history, AND all of the people in church who I hear say they are being persecuted at work. LOL. Please, give me a break. Try being Polycarp, and then talk about persecution!
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John Foxe was born at Boston, in Lincolnshire, in 1516, and died April 8, 1587. He is most famous for is publication of “Foxe’s Acts and Monuments of the Christian Church” more commonly known as “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs”.

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“Sire—I have received an order, under your majesty's seal, to put to death all the protestants in my province. I have too much respect for your majesty, not to believe the letter a forgery; but if (which God forbid) the order should be genuine, I have too much respect for your majesty to obey it.” 1 likes
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