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Beginning with the story of Stephen from the book of Acts, considered the first Christian martyr, the drama builds to the passion of the early Church's persecution under the Roman Empire. The hardy and radical faith of those first believers spawned medieval missionary movements that spread the gospel across Europe and into England, Scotland, and Ireland. As the story continues, it places a significant emphasis on the sufferings of the early Protestants during the Reformation. As a vicar in the Church of England, author John Foxe strongly identified with the Protestant sects throughout Europe, and his loyalty to their cause comes through in his descriptions of many early clashes between Catholic and Protestant believers. Listeners are given an opportunity to experience the storytelling that incited several wars between Catholic and Protestant forces. The political and personal passion of the Reformation continues with the stories of the French Protestants during and after the French Revolution.
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By Stephen on 08-11-10

How much pain can you take?

Great book, about people who were willing to be tortured to stay in God's will. Very inspiring, I hope to meet everyone of these people after I die. Excellent naration. Recommended :)

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By Randol on 05-19-10

a primer on humility

This is a quality recording of the Book of Martyrs. It is a hard story to listen to when considering the price that these folks paid to keep faith with Christ. I need to listen again and again

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By Mary Carnegie on 10-10-17

A book of its time of historical significance

The attitudes of the Protestant and Anglican churches of post-Reformation Europe are clear in this comprehensive account of the persecutions of dissenters from the Catholic Church, first published in the 16th century when all was still raw and evolving.
There could be no question of an impartial account, unless an extraterrestrial historian had visited.
There are, of course, Catholic martyrologies of similar date, presenting a diametrically opposed version of events!
The interest is, in both cases, in understanding the mindset of that era in the words of that time - it’s generally not “fake news” in the case of a scholar like Foxe, or his Catholic counterparts, though that did exist, but a question of viewpoint and a large degree of selectivity - rather like the Daily Telegraph and The Guardian today.
As a Presbyterian turned Catholic, I tend to see both sides- not the brutality or intolerance, but the courage in affirming one’s faith.

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