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Foxe's Book of Martyrs, A History of the Lives

Foxe's Book of Martyrs, A History of the Lives by John Foxe

John Foxe's "Foxe's Book of Martyrs, A History of the Lives" is a comprehensive and compelling account of the persecution of Protestants during the reign of Mary I of England. This book provides readers with a detailed look at the lives and deaths of countless individuals who sacrificed everything for their religious beliefs.

Foxe's writing is both informative and emotional, painting a vivid picture of the hardships faced by those who dared to defy the Catholic Church's doctrine. The stories of martyrdom contained in this book are both inspiring and heartbreaking, highlighting the power of faith and the lengths to which some will go to defend their beliefs.

Overall, "Foxe's Book of Martyrs" is a chilling reminder of the dangers of religious intolerance and the importance of standing up for one's convictions. Foxe's work is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of religious persecution and the human cost of standing up for what you believe in.

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The Book of Martyrs, by John Foxe, is an English Protestant account of the persecutions of Protestants, many of whom had died for their beliefs within the decade immediately preceding its first publication. It was first published by John Day, in 1563. Lavishly illustrated with many woodcuts, it was the largest publishing project undertaken in Britain up to that time. Commonly known as, “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs”, the work’s full title begins with “Actes and Monuments of these Latter and Perillous Days, Touching Matters of the Church.” There were many subsequent editions, by Day, and by other editors down through the years. Foxe’s original work was enormous (the second edition filling two heavy folio volumes with a total of 2,300 pages, estimated to be twice as long as Edward Gibbon’s “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.” This edition is much abridged from Foxe’s original.

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