John Foxe's Book of Martyrs
FOX'S BOOK OF MARTYRS
Edited by William Byron ForbushThis is a book that will never die--one of the great English classics. Interesting as fiction, becauseit is written with both passion and tenderness, it tells the dramatic story of some of the mostthrilling periods in Christian history.Reprinted here in its most complete form, it brings to life the days when "a noble army, menand boys, the matron and the maid," "climbed the steep ascent of heaven, 'mid peril, toil, andpain.""
After the Bible itself, no book so profoundly influenced early Protestant sentiment as theBook of Martyrs. Even in our time it is still a living force. It is more than a record ofpersecution. It is an arsenal of controversy, a storehouse of romance, as well as a source ofedification
." -- James Miller Dodds, English Prose.FOX'S BOOK OF MARTYRSA HISTORY OF THE LIVES, SUFFERINGS AND TRIUMPHANT DEATHS OF THE EARLYCHRISTIAN AND THE PROTESTANT MARTYRSFOX'S BOOK OF MARTYRS"When one recollects that until the appearance of the Pilgrim's Progress the common people hadalmost no other reading matter except the Bible and Fox's Book of Martyrs, we can understandthe deep impression that this book produced; and how it served to mold the national character.Those who could read for themselves learned the full details of all the atrocities performed onthe Protestant reformers; the illiterate could see the rude illustrations of the various instrumentsof torture, the rack, the gridiron, the boiling oil, and then the holy ones breathing out their soulsamid the flames. Take a people just awakening to a new intellectual and religious life; let severalgenerations of them, from childhood to old age, pore over such a book, and its stories becometraditions as individual and almost as potent as songs and customs on a nation's life." -- DouglasCampbell, "The Puritan in Holland, England, and America""
If we divest the book of its accidental character of feud between churches, it yet stands, in
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