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For nearly two-thousand years, courageous men and women have been tortured and killed because of their confessions of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This updated edition of Foxes Book of Martyrs, contains stories of persecution up to 2001. Stories of heroic courage and overcoming faith. Stories of love of God and Christ. Stories of the amazing grace of God that enabled m ...more
Published August 1st 2001 by Bridge-Logos (first published 1563)
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Emyth No, not exactly... Reformed as in "Protestant Reformation" in the broader sense... It is very much a book of its time... 1563 c.e. And was written and…moreNo, not exactly... Reformed as in "Protestant Reformation" in the broader sense... It is very much a book of its time... 1563 c.e. And was written and published for particular political/anti-catholic reasons...
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Natalie Vellacott
There is only one word that springs to mind on concluding a book like this-grateful. I am grateful that none of these terrible things have happened to me.....yet.

This classic book documents Christian martyrs through the centuries. There are some updated chapters running to the publication in 1997. The details are gruesome but factual, they are not sensationalised. They don't need to be as the terrible things that were done to some of these faithful people are shocking enough.

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Jul 31, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk, 16-ce, genocide, religion
Fascinating but slow going. To be sipped a few pages a day. Lots of notes and archaisms, given that the first edition appeared c. 1535. I’m always delighted by stories of Roman Catholic barbarity. Toward that end, I’ve also enjoyed Benzion Netanyahu’s exquisite The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain (yes, he is Bibi’s father); Sir Steven Runciman’s gripping A History of the Crusades in 3 volumes; James Shapiro’s fascinating Oberammergau: The Troubling Story of the World's Most ...more
Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary A
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Mar 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every Christian should read this book.
Michael Pate
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-fact
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!!! ...more
Jan 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christina DeVane
Listening to this book doesn’t do it justice. Hard to listen at times as the stories can be graphic and brutal. The atrocities these Christians faced are truly hard to imagine in our comfort-filled culture. Some Christians face this today. A great reminder of our heritage and true freedom we have today!❤️
Feb 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
David Sarkies
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians and Historians
Recommended to David by: My Church
Shelves: christian
A book about Christians killed for their beliefs
14 November 2012

This is a book all about Christian martyrs and it makes pretty grim reading. Basically, it is all about people who were persecuted for their faith and underwent incredible suffering and hardship before 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 very hard to read. Mind you, it is not something that we of any faith or persuasion should ignore, e
James Holt
I decided to finally read this Christian classic after hearing a lot about the modern day persecuted Church. While the descriptions of the violence believers have faced are disturbing, what struck me even more was how these believers endured it.

The things they said before facing the executioner were epic and poetic. Their confidence in the goodness and faithfulness of God, even in the midst of their suffering, was beyond imagination. And the way their suffering, which was meant to stop the Gosp
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
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. ...more
Oct 16, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, nonfiction
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. ...more
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. ...more
Sharon Connell
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who isn't faint of heart
Great book to familiarize oneself with what our Christian ancestors have gone through for the Word of God. Any time you feel like you are being persecuted, read some of these stories and you'll realize that we have NO persecution today. ...more
My beau and I began reading this book back in the spring and have now finished it. It sparked many amazing discussions and lots of deeper research. This book has made a great impact upon me and upon him.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith, classics
Wow, now I'm kind of sick. Yikes, I'm SO THANKFUL God put me in this place at this time in history because it's absolutely horrifying to hear how Christians were treated! Oh my goodness. This book is not for the faint at heart but definitely every Christian should read it. ...more
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mom 2
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Brian Eshleman
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The repetition of so many horrors consecutively is still deadening, which speaks to how much of my heart has not been quickened yet. Nevertheless, if we can honor surrendered lives by living differently because of them, at the least they offer this in common: (1) a certain holy feistiness which would be most useful in resisting the enemy's devices and GROWING by it rather than growing weary, and (2) a commitment to ingesting God's Word so that Scripture is what came out under stress or when they ...more
Jul 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Brian Kehler
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Persecution porn of the lowest order. As a historical document, it's important. But its anti-Catholic propaganda is an exclusive artifact of the European religious wars of the 17th century. Make no mistake, Protestants engaged in equal portion the lurid atrocities depicted in this book, half of which have little basis in fact, but much in propaganda. ...more
Tough to wade through but definitely worth the time, especially if you are feeling sorry for yourself in your walk with the Lord!
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... ...more
Human could be so creative with their murder methods. Listening to some of the deaths made me sick. It took me such a long time to finish the book because I had to stop a lot after some parts.

Thanks to for the free audio book. Hopefully you guys will release a good mobile app for your service. (I was not paid nor affiliated with this website. Simply giving shout out to them for their monthly free book.)
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 ...more
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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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