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Foxe's Book of Martyrs -- INTRODUCTION


The Acts and Monuments of the Christian Church by John Foxe (or Fox), better known as Foxe's Book of Martyrs, was first published in Latin in 1550 and subsequently in an English translation, revised and expanded by the author, in 1563, with subsequent versions in 1570, 1576 and 1583. See the Introduction for the detailed publishing history of the early editions. The book was extremely popular and went into very many editions, often abridged and revised almost beyond recognition. There are editions still in print, and available on the internet, which resemble the original so little that one thinks of Robert Bruce's axe which had had two new heads and three new handles since his death.

This version is taken from the edition by John Cumming, published in 1851, which is a slightly abridged reprint of the 1563 edition with the language and spelling modernised.

[Title Page of this edition]

The divisions into parts and chapters have been made by us for the convenience of the readers. The glossary is also our work. Otherwise the text is as close to the original as possible.

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