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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: Robin Lawson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2000 ISBN: 9781455170869
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“This is a book which will never die—one of the greatest Christian classics. As interesting as fiction, it is written with both passion and tenderness, telling the dramatic story of some of the most thrilling periods in Christian history. Presented here in its most complete form, it brings to life the days when ‘a noble army, men and boys, the matron and the maidclimbed the steep ascent of heaven, amid peril, toil, and pain.’

“After the Bible itself, no book so profoundly influenced early Protestant sentiment as the Book of Martyrs. Even in our time it is still a living force. More than a record of persecution, it is an arsenal of controversy, a storehouse of romance, and a source of edification.”—James Miller Dodds, English Prose

This collection includes treatises on the following:

1. The Persecution of the Early Christians
2. Constantine the Great
3. John Wickliff
4. Sir John Oldcaste, Lord Cobham
5. John Huss
6. William Tyndale
7. Martin Luther
8. John Hooper
9. Rowland Taylor
10. The Martyrs of Scotland
11. Hugh Latimer
12. Bishop Ridley
13. The Trial, Condemnation, and Martyrdom of Ridley and Latimer
14. The Fires of Smithfield
15. Thomas Cranmer
16. Anecdotes and Sayings of Other Martyrs

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  • “After the Bible itself, no book so profoundly influenced early Protestant sentiment as the Book of Martyrs. Even in our time it is still a living force. More than a record of persecution, it is an arsenal of controversy, a storehouse of romance, and a source of edification.”

    James Miller Dodds, English Prose

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Hoke | 2/15/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ebookwormy | 2/12/2014

    " 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... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather C. | 2/12/2014

    " What a cool book--it was written hundreds of years ago, and is fairly clinical in the descriptions of the fate of many of the early Christians, but has feeling for sure. It filled in the details of a lot of stories I had heard about these events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/3/2014

    " 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? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa Bennett | 1/31/2014

    " 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virgil | 1/23/2014

    " A must read. Goes through the martyrdom stories of the Christian church. Very emboldening to hear how so many stood in the face of opposition for the sake of the name of Christ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherish | 1/19/2014

    " My copy pre-dates isbn's, printed in London byJ. Nisbet & Co., around the turn of the last century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 1/17/2014

    " So hard to read, but worth the struggle to learn how people suffered to be sure we can read and share the gospel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ogz | 1/16/2014

    " It is amazing to know what the apostles went through for the gospel of Christ. This book is deep and gives you greater insight of the bible. It's a great book for a gift. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 12/21/2013

    " 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 Mike Jackson | 10/22/2013

    " 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 Barry Hosford | 9/11/2013

    " A must have for every Christian's library! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 9/9/2013

    " Excellent choice of a great book & excellent writer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Selah Bell | 9/6/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack Nieporte | 8/20/2013

    " This was an excellent religious historical book on Christian martyrs. It is quoted often by theologians and scholars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Don Popham | 7/27/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Colegrove | 12/24/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Kelly | 11/9/2012

    " Going to blow your mind! Make sure you get an unabridged version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karyn | 11/4/2012

    " Only read the abridged version - very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 9/11/2012

    " Every Christian should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 5/7/2012

    " Another book that I love to read every few years ~ very inspirational! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 4/8/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 1/26/2012

    " Real faith results in real persecution. What these forebears endured speaks volumes to the church today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail | 12/18/2011

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 LaDonna | 10/26/2011

    " I honestly didn't read it. I skimmed a few pages. I decided I didn't need to read about all the bad that has happened to believers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich | 10/15/2011

    " some of the texts used to describe the deaths of the early Christians are gnostic gospels from the 4th-8th centuries. Just sayin' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darrin Niday | 4/29/2011

    " a fun read even though it was written in the 1500's. Didn't know a lot of the people he talked about it was fun to read anyway "

  • 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.