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"Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction and of patience."...James 5:10

"These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues (a place where people met, today called a church or synagogue). Yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me."...John 16:1-3

"But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me."...John 15:21
 
 

Fox's Book of Martyrs (published 1563 A.D.)
A history of the lives, sufferings and triumphant deaths of the early Christian and the Protestant martyrs from about 36 A.D
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Original book edited by William Byron Forbush

Reprinted here in its most complete form,-Fox's Book of Martyrs-brings to life the days when "a noble army, men and boys, the matron and the maid," "climbed the steep ascent of heaven 'mid peril, toil and pain."-...James Miller Dodds, English Prose

Revelation 13:7 "And it was given unto him to make war with the saints and to overcome them and power was given him over all kindreds and tongues and nations."-"When one recollects that until the appearance of the-Pilgrim’s Progress, the common people had almost no other reading matter except the-Bible-and-Fox’s Book of Martyrs, we can understand the deep impression that this book produced and how it served to mold the national character.
    Those who could read for themselves learned the full details of all the atrocities performed on the Protestant reformers; the illiterate could see the rude illustrations of the various instruments of torture, the rack, the gridiron, the boiling oil and then the holy ones breathing out their souls amid the flames. Take a people just awakening to a new intellectual and religious life; let several generations of them, from childhood to old age, pore over such a book, and its stories become traditions as individual and almost as potent as songs and customs on a nation's life." ...Douglas Campbell-The Puritan in Holland, England and America

"If we divest the book of its accidental character of feud between churches, it yet stands, in the first years of Elizabeth's reign, a monument that marks the growing strength of a desire for spiritual freedom, defiance of those forms that seek to stifle.conscience and fetter thought." ...Henry Morley-English Writers

The Author
John Fox.(or Foxe) (1516-87).was born at Boston, in Lincolnshire, in 1517.(some say this year), where his parents are stated to have lived in respectable circumstances. He was deprived of his father at an early age and notwithstanding, his mother soon married again, he still remained under the parental roof. From an early display of talents and inclination to learning, his friends were induced to send him to Oxford in order to cultivate and bring them to maturity. During his residence at this place, he was distinguished for the excellence and acuteness of his intellect, which was improved by the emulation of his fellow collegians, united to an indefatigable-zeal and industry on his part. These qualities soon gained him the admiration of all. Fox died when Shakespeare was three years old. Before he had attained his thirtieth year, Fox studied the Greek and Latin fathers and other learned authors, the transactions of the Councils and decrees of the consistories (governing bodies) and had acquired a very competent skill in the Hebrew language. With the accession to the English throne of the Roman Catholic Mary I, he left the country, remaining on the Continent until 1559, after Elizabeth I became Queen of England. While in exile he had begun to work on a Latin history of Christian persecutions, Rerum in Ecclesia Gestarum .... Commentarii. He completed this work in 1559, having included in it much material from the Roman Catholic persecutions of the Protestants in England. An English translation, Acts and Monuments of These Latter and Perilous Dayes ..., was published in 1563 and became popularly known as The Book of Martyrs.
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