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1837 Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

  • Version: Ancient Theology Books
  • Age Range: 1800’s Forward
  • Size Range: Standard Quartos (8”-11” Tall)
  • Appraisal Value: $10,000
  • Title Page: 1837
  • Actual Size: 9.25 x 6.5 x 1.5
  • Font: Roman
  • Other Features: 3/4 Calf Binding, End Papers: Marble


John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

COMPLETE AND WELL EDITED UNABRIDGED FOXE. Foxe John (1516-1587): The Acts and Monuments A New and Complete Edition.  George Townsend, …edited by …Stephen Reed Cattley London: R.B. Seeley and W. Burnside, 1841 [1837-1838-1839].   8 vols 8 volumes bound in 3/4 leather, the text is crisp and clean throughout.

In the 1830’s John Foxe’s credibility and integrity were under attack. The Roman Church championed by S. R. Maitland attacked Foxe and his monumental work, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, with the express purpose of denying the claims of his lifetime work of what became the second most, after the Bible in English, important and most widely read book in the English-speaking world in the 16th century.

Maitland’s futile attempt to destroy John Foxe and his great work resulted in the historian Mozley writing a biography of John Foxe with the express purpose of completing and validating Maitlan’s false claims as to the veracity of Foxe’s work.

Mozley became completely convinced of Foxe’s true character after his comprehensive research that initially was undertaken to put to rest Foxe’s credibility as an honest historian was complete. The truth of Foxe’s character was restored after Mozley’s work was finished in spite of the untruthful character assassination that Maitland made to persuade 19th century England of denying Foxe’s extraordinary work.

Maitland’s attempt in 1840 to destroy Foxe’s credibility and honesty was challenged by Protestant scholars who rebutted the Roman Church by reproducing Foxe’s 1583 edition that they reproduced in Roman type.

1840 – Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. Eight volumes bound in exquisite 3/4 calf leather The last edition of the “Complete Works” was produced by the Evangelical Church as a rebuttal to the growing criticism by the Roman Church as to the authenticity of the accounts that John Foxe collected and published. The martyrdoms of the thousands of men and women and children were so horrible and outrageous and evil that as time passed from Foxe’s collected accounts, the Church at Rome denied the “works of Foxe” as dishonest and
without merit.

The evangelical church took up the challenge of revalidating Foxe’s accounts by reprinting in roman type Foxe’s 1583 edition.

John Foxe was a scholar of extraordinary ability. His honesty was impeccable. Foxe corroborated every martyrdom that he recorded. He sought records and eye witness accounts of every martyrdom to ensure that in spite of the horrors inflicted by the established church, the events were faithfully recounted. Every Christian believer should read Foxe’s accounts. Those who remain ignorant of history are destined to be victims of ignorance.