Rewritten and updated by Harold J. Chadwick to include recent accounts from the 160,000 martyred in 2001.
In 1563, John Foxe began a memorial of martyrs starting with Stephen, the first to die for the cause of Christ, and ending with the most recent martyrs of his day: those killed during Bloody Mary's reign. He knew that danger lies in forgetting the martyrs—in being insensitive to their struggles.
Martyrdom is not a thing of the past; every day the Christian Church is persecuted in countries all over the world. More Christians were afflicted in the 1900s than in all the past centuries combined.
A color timeline
Sensitively revised in modern English
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