An abridged version of Fox's Acts and Monuments , better known as the Book of Martyrs . After 1550, Fox began a history of persecution in England, which was still incomplete when he fled the country in 1554. A greatly expanded version of the work was published in Basle in 1559; the first edition in English appeared in 1563. Over the years Fox expanded and revised the book numerous times, adding material stretching back to the early days of the Church (taken from Eusebius, Bede, and others). The fourth and final edition was published in 1583. The Book of Martyrs is truly massive, and is often abridged or condensed in print. Throughout his passion for the Christian faith, his devotion to Protestantism, and his detest for persecution and sectarianism is evident. His contemporaneous accounts of the persecutions under Queen Mary are naturally the most compelling and significant portions of this work. A 'continuation' up through the 19th century is appended in this version.