"We made merry in the little parlour, where the Book of Martyrs, unthumbed since my time, was laid out upon the desk as of old"

The Book of Martyrs (1563) by John Foxe (1517-1587) recounts the stories of Christian martyrs from the first to the early sixteenth century. The work sought to affirm the Protestant Reformation, which had been undermined by the recently deceased Catholic Queen Mary I (1516-1558).