John Foxe; Paul L Maier; R C Linnenkugel

Foxe's Book of Martyrs (Hardcover)

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Book FormatHardcover
AuthorJohn Foxe; Paul L Maier; R C Linnenkugel
Publication DateJune, 2016
GenreReligion/Christian Church - History

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An updated and modernized edition of the unparalleled classic with resurgent relevance for the twenty-first century

Foxe's Book of Martyrs is one of the most influential and well-known books in history, as well as one of the top-sellers of the past, right up there with the Bible itself. Immensely popular in Foxe's own sixteenth century, its influence has been felt throughout literature. Copies of the original text (Acts and Monuments) were chained beside the Bible in churches of England, and even sailed with English pirates.

This was not a book designed to comfort, but instead to present the truth of the persecution faced by Protestant Christians in hostile environments. The inscription from the 1563 edition--now commonly known as Foxe's Book of Martyrs--indicates the gravity of the task: "[In] latter and perilous days . . . the great persecutions and horrible troubles . . . [are here] gathered and collected according to true copies and writings . . . of the parties themselves that suffered." Foxe was committed to commemorating the ultimate sacrifice of those who gave their lives for the sake of their faith.

Paul L. Maier brings his exceptional mind for history to bear on Foxe's work in this new edition. While abridgement of the original 2,100 pages was necessary, Maier does include every martyr, and text was changed only where modern readers may not readily understand the original archaic wording.

John Foxe (1516-1587) was an academic and zealous student of the Scriptures, leading to his persecution as a Protestant by the Catholic rulers of his day. Beyond his work in pastoral ministry, Foxe continued to work on his martyrology until his death.


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John Foxe; Paul L Maier; R C Linnenkugel
Foxe's Book of Martyrs
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June, 2016
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A classic that should ...

A classic that should be in the library of every believer. These amazing accounts make me both thankful and somewhat ashamed when I consider what our ancestors had to go through for the faith that we take so for granted in the west including the ability to read the Bible in English. It's also interesting to realize as you read this that the primary persecutors of Christians after the fall of the Roman Empire were those who also called themselves Christians (primarily from the church at Rome).

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It took me over a year...

It took me over a year to finish reading this, a little bit at a can only read about people being tortured and killed in every way imaginable (and some not imaginable) for so long at a time. Although it's probably good that this kind of thing got chronicled for history, it is some of the hardest reading I've ever done. Not just because people are getting tortured, maimed, and burned, but he tends to go into a lot of fairly mundane details...and after a few hundred pages, the emotional effect kind of gets lost as well. It starts to sound like you've heard all the stories before, only with different names. If you don't have my dysfunction of feeling unable to just read part of a book, you could read the first 50 pages or so and get pretty much the same effect as reading the whole book.

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Ive heard about this ...

I've heard about this book for years, but never took an opportunity to read it. My impression? "Foxe's [some titles use "Fox's"] Book of Martyrs" is the Christian equivalent to Tolstoy's novel "War and Peace" in terms of tedious reading. "Martyrs" makes compelling examples of the evils of the pagans against early Christians, followed by similar examples of the evils propagated by the Inquisition of the Dark Ages. I waded through about 20% of the narrative before I gave up in frustration over the overly-detailed narrative, the grammatical "noise" of the translation, instances of repetitiveness, and simple boredom. That is not to say that the subject matter is not important and educational; it's just that the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. (Note: This book was the Kindle e-book version, which was not a selection option on librarything.)

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Wow! This is a difficu...

Wow! This is a difficult book to read not because it is hard to understand but due to the suffering that so many endured even to the point of death for the sake of Christ. This book will make you think about your own faith and how deep it runs.

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