This book was first published in 1563 as
The Acts and Monuments of These Latter and Perilous Days but quickly became known as
The Book of Martyrs It revealed the cruelties of the Papists (Roman Catholics) and their attempts to keep the Gospel hidden from the masses (you and me).
Seven years after the initial publication John Foxe published his second edition which has held up over the centuries under many attempts to disprove his accounts.
Shortly after I was saved in 1993 I received this book from
The Voice of the Martyrs in Bartlesville Oklahoma. At that time Pastor Wurmbrand and his wife, the founders of that ministry were still living. I found no author cited but on the back of the book was the following comment about the people John Foxe wrote about.
They were men that triumphantly donned the armor of God - the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith, the sword of God's Word. They faced torture and death in their fight of faith, willing to stand for their beliefs and the Word of God regardless of the price. The faithfulness of such historical figures as John Huss, Martin Luther, William Tyndale and so many others has given us our rich Christian heritage. The courage and dedication of these men have inspired us to live for Christ today.
Not much I can add to that except to say I am thankful the Lord gave us such brave souls so that we today might know the truth of God's Word. In these days of false doctrines, false Christians, outright hatred of anyone or anything Christian we need such men again (Many women and children were martyred as well as men). Willing to stand at any cost.
Please read this book folks even though parts of it are difficult to bear. We need to know that whatever may come in our lives there are others who have gone before us and that it is possible to bear all things with the help of the Lord.
There is one part in the book where a martyr was to be burned at the stake. With his friends beforehand they agreed that if the flames were tolerable the victim would raise his hands above his head and clap while he was burning. Find out what happened.
John Foxe published four editions of his work during his lifetime. The English editions were in 1563, 1570, 1576 and 1583. Despite what you may read elsewhere John Foxe was a devout Christian man that was careful and factual in his reporting. Of course the Roman Catholic Church would like you to believe otherwise and have employed various means over the centuries in their efforts. Since his death, various authors have continued to add to his work until it has become several volumes and some have so edited the original that it is almost unrecognizable today as the work of John Foxe. The version we have posted here is relatively true to the original as best as we have been able to determine and has been appended with many relatively recent persecutions that all Christians need to be aware of. We would like to thank those who have done the labors of formatting the pages, updating the spelling of many of the words, and making their work available. We plan to post one page highlights from this work in hopes of stimulating interest in a book that EVERY Christian should read.
Our Thanks to Adrian Ebens for his work in 2003 of editing and porting of
Foxe's Book of Martyrs to the PDF format.