Historical Writings

A.D. (Anno Domini)

The Writings of John Foxe

Foxe's "Book of Martyrs"

The Book of Martyrs, by John Foxe, is an account of Christian martyrs throughout Western history from the first century through the early sixteenth centuries, emphasising the sufferings of English Protestants and proto-Protestants from the fourteenth century through the reign of Mary I. First published in 1563 by the Protestant John Day, the book was lavishly produced and illustrated with many woodcuts and was the largest publishing project undertaken in Britain up to that time. Commonly known as Foxe's Book of Martyrs, one fuller title of the work is Actes and Monuments of these Latter and Perillous Days, Touching Matters of the Church. Widely owned and read by English Puritans, the book helped mould British popular opinion about the nature of Catholicism for several centuries.

Chapter 1 — History of Christian Martyrs to the First General Persecutions Under Nero

Chapter 2 — The Ten Primitive Persecutions

Chapter 3 — Persecutions of the Christians in Persia

Chapter 4 — Papal Persecutions

Chapter 5 — An Account of the Inquisition

Chapter 6 — An Account of the Persecutions in Italy, Under the Papacy

Chapter 7 — An Account of the Life and Persecutions of John Wickliffe

Chapter 8 — An Account of the Persecutions in Bohemia Under the Papacy

Chapter 9 — An Account of the Life and Persecutions of Martin Luther

Chapter 10 — General Persecutions in Germany

Chapter 11 — An Account of the Persecutions in the Netherlands

Chapter 12 — The Life and Story of the True Servant and Martyr of God, William Tyndale

Chapter 13 — An Account of the Life of John Calvin

Chapter 14 — An Account of the Persecutions in Great Britain and Ireland, Prior to the Reign of Queen Mary I

Chapter 15 — An Account of the Persecutions in Scotland During the Reign of King Henry VIII

Chapter 16 — Persecutions in England During the Reign of Queen Mary

Chapter 17 — Rise and Progress of the Protestant Religion in Ireland; with an Account of the Barbarous Massacre of 1641

Chapter 18 — The Rise, Progress, Persecutions, and Sufferings of the Quakers

Chapter 19 — An Account of the Life and Persecutions of John Bunyan

Chapter 20 — An Account of the Life of John Wesley

Chapter 21 — Persecutions of the French Protestants in the South of France, During the Years 1814 and 1820

Chapter 22 — The Beginnings of American Foreign Missions