A Select History of the LIves and Sufferings of the Principal English Protestant Martyrs: Chiefly of those Executed in the Bloody Reign of Queen Mary
London: Printed for the author, by T. Gardner, and sold by him at his Printing-Office at Cowley's Head, opposite St. Clement's Church, in the Strand ; And J. Robinson, in Ludgate-Street, 1746. First Edition Thus. Carefully Extracted from Fox, and other writers: Being designed as a Cheap and Useful Book for Protestant Families of all Denominations. 8vo. , 318 pp. Adorned with 5 copper-plates shewing the different Kinds of Cruelties that were exercised upon them; woodcuts. 19th century black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Front hinge professionally reinforced; smalll bookseller label inside front cover; small waterstain to lower corner tips in first half of book; else a fine copy. Item #21432
John Foxe (1516/1517 – 1587), an English historian and martyrologist, was the author of Actes and Monuments (otherwise Foxe's Book of Martyrs) first published in 1563 by John Day, telling of Christian martyrs throughout Western history, but particularly the sufferings of English Protestants and proto-Protestants from the 14th century and in the reign of Mary I. The book was widely owned and read by English Puritans and helped to mould British opinion on the Catholic Church for several centuries. The book went through four editions in Foxe's lifetime and a number of later editions and abridgements, including some that specifically reduced the text to a "Book of Martyrs"