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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,805 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Foxe Narrator: Nadia May Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN:
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Beginning with the story of Stephen from the book of Acts, considered the first Christian martyr, the drama builds to the passion of the early Church's persecution under the Roman Empire. The hardy and radical faith of those first believers spawned medieval missionary movements that spread the gospel across Europe and into England, Scotland, and Ireland. As the story continues, it places a significant emphasis on the sufferings of the early Protestants during the Reformation. As a vicar in the Church of England, author John Foxe strongly identified with the Protestant sects throughout Europe, and his loyalty to their cause comes through in his descriptions of many early clashes between Catholic and Protestant believers. Listeners are given an opportunity to experience the storytelling that incited several wars between Catholic and Protestant forces. The political and personal passion of the Reformation continues with the stories of the French Protestants during and after the French Revolution. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail | 2/19/2014

    " I would have liked this book quite a bit more if it weren't so descriptive with the tortures and stuff like that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 2/9/2014

    " A great book to encourage your faith. A story of people who were truly looking toward their "heavenly" home and rejoiced to be counted worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus Christ. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beka | 2/8/2014

    " Though it's not what I expected, it was definitely a worthy read. Amazing stories of selfless devotion to the Lord and of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Jackson | 2/8/2014

    " I am amazed at the power of conviction in the face of every conceivable vile and horrific thing the degraded human mind can conceive of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 2/8/2014

    " Gruesome yet inspiring, Foxe's Book of Martyrs demands that we take Christianity seriously. So many people were burned, branded, blown up, sliced through, stretched, and torn for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and their adherence to the Bible. The accounts range from the persecutions faced by the early Church to those suffered by Protestants before and during the Reformation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 1/24/2014

    " Eye-opening record of Catholic church's persecution of believers who rejected the Catholic's false teaching. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Don Popham | 1/15/2014

    " If you want to read a book that will make you look for a knife to slit your wrists this is the book. Very depressing account of what a people endured for their faith. Not for the weak of stomach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 viktor palenyy | 1/14/2014

    " one caution for the reader: this is not a history book, but a book of sketches. read accordingly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebekah | 11/27/2013

    " Although very gruesome, this book was a great reference for all the martyrs who had great faith and trust. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 11/15/2013

    " Every Christian should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 11/14/2013

    " This book is amazing!! It teaches so much about having faith. I read this for my very last thing for personal progress. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda Newman | 11/7/2013

    " Wow,I sure do have it easy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 10/20/2013

    " When I purchased it, I mistook this book for Foxes Book of Martyrs, a book written in the 1800's I think. Misleading, but still a good book. Updates with some martyrs through this century, specifically those known by the organization "Voices of Martyrs" or VOM. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 10/16/2013

    " Classic book on those who have suffered and paid the ultimate price for following Christ. Excellent reading the story of those who showed courage and conviction for our Lord. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 10/4/2013

    " It is hard to read some of the things that people went through on account of their faith. It's really quite inspirational and makes one look more closely at their own life and faith - what are we willing to suffer for our faith? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean O'Brien | 7/11/2013

    " I read this today. It is interesting and has a lot of good history on the Martyrdom of Christians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah H. | 6/9/2013

    " As much as you can "like" this book. I found it inspiring and convicting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 9/28/2012

    " What can I say? It is humbling reading. So glad I read it finally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalya | 9/28/2012

    " Really inspiring. Found it a little hard to get through because of his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Selah Bell | 7/12/2012

    " This book was a book about Christians who died because of their faith. It is thought-provoking, and teaches some lessons that need to be taught. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 6/30/2012

    " A long but interesting account of many, many, many martyrs - mainly in England during the 1600s under the reign of "Bloody Mary". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. Alfred | 4/12/2012

    " Written in a sober, readable style, this is interesting both from a historical and a devotional standpoint. From such notables as Anne Askew and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer to anonymous little kids, this is chock-full of powerful stories of people who suffered for their faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Hoke | 3/30/2012

    " Very good book. Must say it is from a protestant perspective. I do wish he had more on the earlier church. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Colegrove | 11/24/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas | 11/20/2011

    " Provides insights into the persecution of Christians mainly in Britain and Ireland in the 16th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thebarrys10 | 8/18/2011

    " Challenging read but stregthening too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 5/15/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karyn | 3/14/2011

    " Only read the abridged version - very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/10/2011

    " 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!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 3/10/2011

    " We have not resisted unto death - seeing such a cloud of witnesses that have gone before us whom have died for the faith, how can we not serve our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 3/6/2011

    " Classic book on those who have suffered and paid the ultimate price for following Christ. Excellent reading the story of those who showed courage and conviction for our Lord. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/11/2011

    " A must read for every Christian! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karyn | 1/4/2011

    " Only read the abridged version - very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 11/20/2010

    " Read during late 1980s/early 1990s. Inspiring and often graphic account of those who died for the cause of Christ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryon | 11/7/2010

    " I give it a 5 because it is such an emotional book but yet encouraging in your relationship with God. This is sad, encouraging, incredible. The only down side is some of the dryness of the read itself but still deserves a 5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beka | 9/6/2010

    " Though it's not what I expected, it was definitely a worthy read. Amazing stories of selfless devotion to the Lord and of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 8/28/2010

    " A great book to encourage your faith. A story of people who were truly looking toward their "heavenly" home and rejoiced to be counted worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus Christ. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalya | 8/27/2010

    " Really inspiring. Found it a little hard to get through because of his writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 6/27/2010

    " Ok so I didn't read it all because it makes me sad, but it's amazing what people will do for faith - I wish I could only be that strong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 5/24/2010

    " Excellent choice of a great book & excellent writer "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 1/25/2010

    " I read this today. It is interesting and has a lot of good history on the Martyrdom of Christians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 12/16/2009

    " A long but interesting account of many, many, many martyrs - mainly in England during the 1600s under the reign of "Bloody Mary". "

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About the Author
Author John Foxe

JOHN FOXE (1516–1587), the martyrologist, was born at Boston, Lincolnshire, and was educated at Oxford, where he became a fellow of Magdalen College but resigned his fellowship in 1545, being unwilling to conform to the statutes in religious matters. In 1554 he retired to the Continent, and issued at Strasburg his Commentarii (the earliest draft of his Actes and Monuments).

From 1555 to 1559 he was employed at Basle as readcer of the press by Oporinus (Herbst), who published Foxe’s verse drama Christus Triumphans in 1556, his appeal to the English nobility on toleration in 1557, and the first issue of his Rerum in ecclesia gestarum…commentarii in 1559.

On his return to England he was ordained priest by Grindal in 1560, and in 1564 he joined John Day, the printer, who in 1563 had issued the English version of the Rerum in ecclesia gestarum…commentarii as Actes and Monuments, popularly known as the Book of Martyrs. He became a canon of Salisbury in 1563, but objected to the use of the surplice and to contributing to the repairs of the cathedral. He preached at Paul’s Cross a famous sermon, ‘Of Christ Crucified’, in 1570. His edition of the canon laws Reformatio Legum appeared in 1571.

He was buried in St. Giles’ Church, Cripplegate. Four editions of the Actes and Monuments (1563, 1570, 1576, and 1583) appeared in the author’s lifetime; of the posthumous issues, that of 1641 contains a memoir of Foxe, attributed to his son.