Whomever put together this book did it in such a way as to deceive. How incredibly annoying. I just wanted FOX's text -- not the words of some unnamed author inserting his own words in the middle of the book. Mid-book there is a section about how an "older" manuscript of the Bible was found at a Buddhist monastery (known at the Sinaiticus). Said "discovery" was in the late 19th century, whereas Fox lived in and died hundreds of years BEFORE that. It is propaganda to insert such into this book that was supposedly written over 400 years ago. It has NOT been scientifically proven to be the oldest, it had more corrections in it than any other biblical manuscript, it was "found" by a "Protestant" who very suspiciously had audience with the Catholic Pope before "discovering" it -- and then edges of the manuscript were burned here and there, the person who "found" it saying that it was because it was being used as tinder for a fireplace or stove in the monastery. In fact, it was burned in parts to erase any indication of the true author of the supposed ancient manuscript, as pointed out by the man from Greece (who was not even a Christian) who claimed authorship of the same. It's a whole story that I cannot lay out the whole case here, but anyone who is interested should watch the excellent documentary entitled TARES AMONG THE WHEAT. Last I checked it is available to watch for free on YouTube. This book of Fox's also hails the "Codex Vaticanus," which by its name you may already guess was "found" in the Vatican as yet another "original" manuscript.
Those two manuscripts -- the Sinaiticus and the Vaticanus -- are what has been used in nearly every new translation of the Bible since the Geneva 1599 and the King James Bibles. The Geneva Bible, initially published in 1560 was translated by the early Reformers who were being persecuted by the English monarchy and the Pope. King James did not like some of the footnotes in the Geneva Bible which had become so popular among the people, and he commissioned his own Bible to be translated. A worthy group of translators it was -- but with a list of something like a dozen or more rules of what they must or must not do in the translation, under orders of the King. Even so, at least the King was not working under the orders of the Pope. The Geneva 1599 was translated by Tolle Lege Press in 2006 from Olde English to modern English in 2006. They updated only the spellings of words to modern spellings -- and the letterings to modern letters (so that for instance the Olde English J in Jesus no longer looks like a lower case f, etc.) I am very grateful to be able to read the Geneva Bible, which was the first English translation of the Bible to be translated from the original languages by men whose very lives were in danger for their efforts.
Fox would "turn over in his grave" to see his book about Christians being persecuted used as a propaganda tool for the Enemy, but that is just what is happening. Please pardon me for reviewing another book or two here as well, but the way the "Christian Library" messed with this book really brought out my passionate feelings about this. I will be throwing this book in the trash and seeking a REAL copy of Fox's book about the Martyrs.
After checking out some other reviews of other copies of Fox's Book of Martyrs I have discovered that the best way to ascertain you have the ORIGINAL book by John Fox (or Foxe) is to make sure you are getting a copy edited by or "with" William Forbush or William Byron Forbush.