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The Acts and Monuments of John Foxe

1838 - 1841 Edition in 8 Volumes
Originally published in 1563

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EXCERPT: "Parsons observes, - 'John Tudson, falling to be a ghospeller, was so obstinate and arrogant as the bishop of London was forced at length to condemne and burne him, under queen Mary.' And of another poor victim he says, - 'being obstinate in divers hereticall opinions, but especially about the sacrament of the altar, he was burnt also for the same, in Smithfield, after many means first used to reclayme him.' And again, - 'a poor labouringe man, borne at Histon, ... becoming a ghospeller, fell to be so forward in sowing and defending Calvinian opinions, as lastly he was burnt for the same, in Smithfield.' And again, we read of 'a poor woman burned at Canterbury, under queen Mary;' the next were 'two willfull poore women, also burned at Canterbury.' Of other victims, 'the first was an artificer, the second a poore ignorant woman, and burned for like opinions with the former.' And so we might go on, page after page, noticing the poor ignorant men and women put to death. No fact recorded by Foxe is denied. The victims are ridiculed and despised, because they were poor, vulgar, mean, and low. The wretched bigot could not see, that whom the world most scorns, God most honours; whom the world most hates, Christ most loves."

Acts and Monuments by John Foxe

"The Acts and Monuments"
of John Foxe

Originally published in 1563 under the title:

"Acts and Monuments of these latter and perillous days, touching matters of the Church, wherein are comprephended and described the great persecutions and horrible troubles, that have been wrought and practised by the Romish Prelates, specially in this Realm of England and Scotland, from the year of our Lord a thousand, unto the time now present. Gathered and collected according to the true copies and writings certificatory as well of the parties themselves that suffered, as also out of the Bishops Registers, which were the doers thereof. by John Foxe. Imprinted at London by John Day, dwelling over Aldersgate. Cum privilegio Regie Majestatis."

A New and Complete Edition: with a Preliminary Dissertation, by the Rev. George Townsend, M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge, Prebendary of Durham, and Vicar of Northallerton, Yorkshire. Edited by the Rev. Stephen Reed Cattley, M.A. of Queen's College, Cambridge, Rector of Bagthorp, Norfolk, and Chaplain to the Right Honourable the Earl of Scarbrough.

by John Foxe

1517-1587ad, English Protestant and Martyrologist

1838 - 1841 Edition in 8 Volumes
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Dedication to His Majesty William the Fourth ... v

Preliminary Dissertation by the Rev. George Townsend ... 1

Reply to Attacks on the Present Edition by the Editor ... 483

Ad Dominum Jesum Christum, Servatorem clementissimum, Eucharisticon Johannis Foxi ... 499

To the right virtuous, most excellent, and noble Princess, Queen Elizabeth ... 502

Ad Doctum Lectorem, Johannes Foxus ... 505

To the Persecutors of God's Truth, commonly called Papists ... 508

To the True and Faithful Congregation of Christ's Universal Church ... 512

Utility of this Story ... 521

To all the professed Friends and Followers of the Pope's Proceedings ... 523

Four Considerations given out to Christian Protestants, Professors of the Gospel; with a brief Exhortation inducing to Reformation of Life ... 530

The Kalender ... 533

Acts and Monuments of Christian Martyrs, and Matters Ecclesiastical passed in the Church of Christ, from the primitive beginning, to these our days, as well in other countries, as, namely, in this realm of England, and also of Scotland, discoursed at large: and first, the Difference between the Church of Rome that Now Is, and the Ancient Church of Rome that Then Was ... 3

Evidences Proving Ecclesiastical Persons to have been Subject to their Magistrates in Causes both Ecclesiastical and Temporal ... 14

The Letter of Gregory to the Patriarch of Alexandria ... 40

The Sum of St. Paul's Doctrine delivered to the Gentiles ... 62

Another brief Recapitulation, reduced to Five Points ... 61

Certain Principles, or general Verities, grounded upon the truth of God's Word ... 71

A Summary Collection of the Errors, Heresies, and Absurdities contained in the Pope's Doctrine, and the First Institution of the Church of Rome; and first, of Faith and Justification ... 72

Of Works of the Law ... 74

Of Sin ... 76

Of Penance, or Repentance. The Difference between the Law and the Gospel ... 77

Of Free-will: of Invocation and Adoration ... 81

Of Sacraments, Baptism, and the Lord's Supper ... 82

Of Matrimony ... 83

Of Magistrates and Civil Governments: of Purgatory ... 84

A Christian Man, after the Pope's Making, defined ... 86

Containing the Three Hundred Years Next After Christ, with the Ten Persecutions of the Primitive Church.

A.D. 64 to 78.

A Description of the Ten First Persecutions in the Primitive Church, with the Variety of their Torments ... 99

A.D. 95 to 96.

The Second Persecution ... 104

A.D. 98 to 138.

The Third Persecution ... 111

The Epistle of Pliny, the Heathen Philosopher, to Trajan the Emperor ... 115

The Epistle of Trajan to Pliny ... 116

The Letter of Adrain the Emperor to the Proconsul, Minucius Fundanus ... 121

The Epistle of Antoninus Pius to the Commons of Asia ... 126

A.D. 161 to 180.

The Fourth Persecution ... 127

A Letter of the Brethren of France, in the Cities of Vienne and Lyons, to the Brethren of Asia and Phrygia ... 137

A Letter of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus to the Senate and People of Rome ... 145

A.D. 197 to 235.

The Fifth Persecution ... 154

A.D. 235 to 250.

The Sixth Persecution ... 169

A.D. 235 to 250.

The Seventh Persecution ... 172

A.D. 257 to 259.

The Eighth Persecution ... 196

A.D. 275 to 284.

The Ninth Persecution ... 218

A.D. 303 to 313.

The Tenth Persecution ... 223

The Imperial Constitution of Constantine and Licinius, for establishing the free worshipping of God after the Christian Religion ... 250

The most notable Martyrs that suffered in this Tenth Persecution ... 256

The Story of Gordius, a Centurion ... 262

Verses on Cassianus ... 267

The mystical Numbers of the Apocalypse opened ... 290

An Epistle of Constantine sent to his Subjects inhabiting the East ... 294

Containing the Next Three Hundred Years Following, with Such Things Specifically Touched as Have Happened in England from the Time of King Lucius to Gregory, and So After, to the Time of King Egbert.

A.D. 180 to 449.

The Epistle of Eleutherius, Bishop of Rome, sent to King Lucius ... 309

The Entering and Reigning of the Saxons in the Realm of England ... 314

The Questions of Augustine, Archbishop of Canterbury, sent to Gregory, with the Answer of Gregory to the same ... 331

The Letter of Gregory sent to Augustine into England ... 335

The Epistle of Pope Sergius sent to Coelfrid, Abbot of Wiremouth Abbey, requiring Bede to be sent up to him to Rome, for the fame of his worthy learning ... 364

An admonitory Letter of Boniface, Archbishop of Mentz, an Englishman, to Ethelbald, King of Mercia ... 367

A Letter of Charlemagne to King Offa respecting a Treaty of Peace between them ... 374

The Conclusion of the Story precedent; concerning the Seven Kingdoms of the Saxon Kings above-mentioned ... 379

Donations and Privileges given by King Ethelbald to religious Men of the Church ... 382

Tables of Saxon Kings, and of Archbishops of Canterbury, &c. ... 384


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