Except for Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, perhaps no book in the English language has been so widely read and appreciated as the work by John Foxe (sometimes "Fox"). Originally titled Christian Martyrs of the World, it has appeared in many more readable editions simply as Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Three of the best are listed below. The edition edited by William Forbush presents Foxe's history superbly, with very little loss of content. The Abridged Edition contains carefully selected stories and illustrations. One esteemed brother regularly used to give Forbush's edition to newlyweds — presumably because of its sobering view of Christian life.
Paperback, Abridged Edition, 96 pages