The Book of Martyrs (Foxe)

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The Book of Martyrs
by John Foxe
The Book of Martyrs, by John Foxe (first published by John Day in 1563, with many subsequent editions, also by Day), is an apocalyptically oriented English Protestant account of the persecutions of Protestants, mainly in England, and other groups from former centuries who were deemed by Foxe and others of his contemporaries, such as John Bale, to be forerunners of the Protestant Reformation through whom the lineage of the true church could be traced. Though the work is commonly known as Foxe's Book of Martyrs, the full title is Actes and Monuments of these Latter and Perillous Days, touching Matters of the Church. The work was lavishly produced and illustrated with a large number of woodcuts.
— Excerpted from Foxe's Book of Martyrs on Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia.

This is not the complete original version of the book. This edition of Foxe's Book of Martyrs was abridged by William Byron Forbush, and is much shorter than Foxe's original version which contained over 1800 folio pages.

Table of contents[edit]

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Frontispiece to 1761 Edition
  • Preface
  • Chapter I. History of Christian Martyrs to the First General Persecutions Under Nero
  • Chapter II. The Ten Primitive Persecutions
  • Chapter III. Persecutions in the 4th to 11th centuries
  • Chapter IV. Papal persecutions
  • Chapter V. An Account of the Cruel Handling and Burning of Nicholas Burton, an English Merchant, in Spain
  • Chapter VI. An Account of the Persecutions in Italy, Under the Papacy
  • Chapter VII. An Account of the Life and Persecutions of John Wickliffe
  • Chapter VIII. An Account of the Persecutions in Bohemia Under the Papacy
  • Chapter IX. An Account of the Life and Persecutions of Martin Luther
  • Chapter X. General Persecutions in Germany
  • Chapter XI. An Account of the Persecutions in the Netherlands
  • Chapter XII. The Life and Story of the True Servant and Martyr of God, William Tyndale
  • Chapter XIII. An Account of the Life of John Calvin
  • Chapter XIV. An Account of the Persecutions in Great Britain and Ireland, Prior to the Reign of Queen Mary I
  • Chapter XV. An Account of the Persecutions in Scotland During the Reign of King Henry VIII
  • Chapter XVI. Persecutions in England During the Reign of Queen Mary
  • Chapter XVII. Rise and Progress of the Protestant Religion in Ireland; with an Account of the Barbarous Massacre of 1641
  • Chapter XVIII. The Rise, Progress, Persecutions, and Sufferings of the Quakers
  • Chapter XIX. An Account of the Life and Persecutions of John Bunyan
  • Chapter XX. An Account of the Life of John Wesley
  • Chapter XXI. Persecutions of the French Protestants in the South of France, During the Years 1814 and 1820
  • Chapter XXII. The Beginnings of American Foreign Missions
  • Epilogue to the original edition
This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.