"No book ever inflicted a wound so deep and incurable on the Romish system of superstition and bloody persecution. It was placed in all churches and chapels throughout the kingdom, by order of Queen Elizabeth." (Smith, Select Memoirs, p. 245).
The complete 8 volume edition contains much information not found in any of the liberally edited and severely shortened versions of this classic work which are in print today -- in fact, most of the modern editions have left out over 6000 pages. Covering martyrs from the early church through to Foxe's day, it was one of the most influential books of the sixteenth century!
"The testimony of the martyrs was extraordinary. Their impact was greatly increased through the industrious writing of John Foxe... Never before had such a work on such a scale appeared in English, certainly never at such a moment... Along with the Bible, Foxe's Book of Martyrs became a family book in many homes... it was the principal practical means of turning England to Protestantism" (Who are the Puritans?, pp. 35-36).
This set is part SWRB's Rare Hardcover Photocopy Collection. It is also available in a rare cerlox bound photocopy edition at a lower price for $C99.98.