Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

The Book of Martyrs, by John Foxe, documents the persecution and suffering endured by faithful men and women from the 1st to early 16th centuries for their faith in Jesus Christ.  Commonly known as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, one fuller title is Actes and Monuments of these Latter and Perillous Days, Touching Matters of the […]

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Declaration of Arbroath

The Declaration of Arbroath, also known as the Scottish Declaration of Independence was drafted in 1320, the era of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.  It announced the independence of Scotland from England.  Signed by representatives of the people, this document listed crimes and grievances inflicted by the English against the Scottish people and defended […]

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St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

Associated Locations: Paris, France Other multiple locations in France Associated Dates: August 23, 1572 – Born Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. On the twenty second day of August, 1572, commenced this diabolical act of sanguinary brutality. It was intended to destroy at one stroke the root of the Protestant tree, which had only […]

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Christian Persecution under Valerian

Associated Locations: Rome Associated Dates: April, 257 – Oct. 260 – Reign Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. Began under Valerian, in the month of April, 257, and continued for three years and six months. The martyrs that fell in this persecution were innumerable, and their […]

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Christian Persecution under Domitian

Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. The emperor Domitian, who was naturally inclined to cruelty, first slew his brother, and then raised the second persecution against the Christians. In his rage he put to death some of the Roman senators, some through malice; and others to confiscate […]

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Christian Persecution under Aurelian

Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. The principal sufferers were: Felix, bishop of Rome. This prelate was advanced to the Roman see in 274. He was the first martyr to Aurelian’s petulancy, being beheaded on the twenty-second of December, in the same year. Agapetus, a young […]

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Christian Persecution under Decius

Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. This was occasioned partly by the hatred he bore to his predecessor Philip, who was deemed a Christian and was partly by his jealousy concerning the amazing increase of Christianity; for the heathen temples began to be forsaken, and the Christian […]

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French Persecution from 1598 to 1789

Associated Dates: France, 1598-1789 Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. The persecutions occasioned by the revocation of the edict of Nantes took place under Louis XIV. This edict was made by Henry the Great of France in 1598, and secured to the Protestants an equal right in […]

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Christian Persecution under Severus

Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. Severus, having been recovered from a severe fit of sickness by a Christian, became a great favorer of the Christians in general; but the prejudice and fury of the ignorant multitude prevailing, obsolete laws were put in execution against the Christians. […]

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Christian Persecution under Diocletian

Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. Under the Roman emperors, commonly called the Era of the Martyrs, was occasioned partly by the increasing number and luxury of the Christians, and the hatred of Galerius, the adopted son of Diocletian, who, being stimulated by his mother, a […]

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Catholic Persecution in Italy

Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. We shall now enter on an account of the persecutions in Italy, a country which has been, and still is, The center of popery. The seat of the pontiff. The source of the various errors which have spread themselves over other […]

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Christian Persecution in Persia

Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. The Gospel having spread itself into Persia, the pagan priests, who worshipped the sun, were greatly alarmed, and dreaded the loss of that influence they had hitherto maintained over the people’s minds and properties. Hence they thought it expedient to complain […]

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Christian Persecution under Maximinus

Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. A.D. 235, was in the time of Maximinus. In Cappadocia, the president, Seremianus, did all he could to exterminate the Christians from that province. The principal persons who perished under this reign were Pontianus, bishop of Rome; Anteros, a Grecian, his […]

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Christian Persecution under Nero

Life Sketch from Foxes Book of Martyrs Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. Christ our Savior, in the Gospel of St. Matthew, hearing the confession of Simon Peter, who, first of all other, openly acknowledged Him to be the Son of God, and perceiving the secret hand of His Father therein, called him (alluding […]

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Reformation Hymns

The Old 100th: The Thanksgiving Psalm of the Pilgrims Shout to Jehova all the earth, Serve ye Jehova with gladness, Enter his gates with singing mirth, No that Jehova, he God is. It’s He that made us and not we, His folk and sheep of His feeding Oh with confession enter ye His gates, his […]

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Spanish Inquisition

Providential Importance in History Taken from the book Foxes Book of Martyrs. When the reformed religion began to diffuse the Gospel light throughout Europe, Pope Innocent III entertained great fear for the Romish Church. He accordingly instituted a number of inquisitors, or persons who were to make inquiry after, apprehend, and punish, heretics, as the […]

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