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FOXE'S BOOK OF MARTYRS V1 From the Death of Jesus Christ to Frederic Barbarossa

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THE ACTS AND MONUMENTS OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

by

JOHN FOXE

Commonly known as

FOXE'S BOOK OF MARTYRS

Volume 1

From the Death of Jesus Christ to Frederic Barbarossa

Published by the Ex-classics Project, 2009

http://www.exclassics.com

Public Domain

The emperor Commodus casting a dart at the wild beasts

- "had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; of whom the world was not worthy." - HEB. xi 36-38.

- "their blood is shed

in confirmation of the noblest claim

Our claim to feed upon immortal truth,

To walk with God, to be divinely free,

To soar, and to anticipate the skies." - COWPER.

CONTENTS

Introduction to the Ex-Classics Edition 5

Bibliographic Note 8

Editor's Introduction. 9

THE FIRST BOOK THE ACTS AND MONUMENTS, CONTAINING THE THREE HUNDRED YEARS NEXT AFTER CHRIST, WITH THE TEN PERSECUTIONS OF THE PRIMITIVE CHURCH. 29

1. Foreword 30

2. The Early Persecution of the Apostles 36

3. The First Persecution under Nero 42

4. The Second Persecution under Domitian 46

7. The Fifth Persecution under Severus 92

8. The Sixth Persecution under Maximinus 105

9. The Seventh Persecution under Decius 108

10. The Eighth Persecution under Valerian 129

11. The Tenth Persecution under Dioclesian 150

12. The Persecution under Licinius 175

13. Persecutions in Persia 198

15. Persecution under Julian the Apostate 204

16. Constantine the Great 206

THE SECOND BOOK CONTAINING THE NEXT THREE HUNDRED YEARS FOLLOWING WITH SUCH THINGS SPECIALLY TOUCHED AS HAVE HAPPENED IN ENGLAND FROM THE TIME OF KING LUCIUS TO GREGORIUS, AND SO AFTER TO THE TIME OF KING EGBERT. 217

17. The Church in Britain before the Coming of the Saxons 218

18. The Entering and Reigning of the Saxons in the Realm of England. 224

19. The Coming of Austin 226

20. The Conversion of the Saxons 236

21. From the Conversion of the Saxons to the Coming of the Danes 248

THE THIRD BOOK. FROM THE REIGN OF KING EGBERTUS UNTO THE TIME OF WILLIAM CONQUEROR. 269

22. The Coming of the Danes 270

23. Alfred the Great 280

23. King Edward the Elder 290

24. King Ethelstan 293

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