MARTYRS MIRROR is a record of the path of the early
martyrs. The price of their own life, limbs, and blood was a gift
they gladly gave to preserve what they believed to be a pure faith and
the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Tortures, persecutions, and suffering
were endured with a fortitude and heroism that is unparalleled in
Here is a collection of accounts of more than 4,011 people burned at
the stake, of countless bodies torn on the rack, torn tongues, ears,
hands, feet; gouged eyes, people buried alive, crucifixions, beheadings,
stonings, drownings, smotherings whippings, and of people dying in
dungeons; stories of songs, letters, prayers, and confessions, of many
who were willing to bear the cross of persecution and death for a faith
which followed the New Testament teachings.
A Worth Heritage
Van Braght collected the accounts of martyrdom in MARTYRS MIRROR with the
hope that they would inspire the reader to hold as tenaciously to the faith
as did the martyrs of whom he wrote. The heritage of bloodshed and
persecution for the sake of a clear conscience and a pure faith grounded in
the Word of God is the heritage of the Christian church. Such a faith,
worthy of so dear a price, is worthy of perpetuation and should serve to
challenge its descendants even today to a greater loyalty to biblical
MARTYRS MIRROR has a timeless value in teaching of the position of
Christians in human conflict today. When Christians sincerely want to know
their responsibility in world conflagrations, this book presents an answer
based on the life of Christ. An overflowing heart is greater than an
exciting mind. The testimonies of these thousands of martyrs disclose a
heart in likeness of our Savior. MARTYRS MIRROR is for today!
to read these accounts of court trials and martyrdoms of a people who
expressed supreme allegiance to their Lord and Master is to learn that,
come what may, the Christian life is one of supreme discipleship, of strict
adherence to the way of life as expressed by Jesus and his apostles.
The first American edition of MARTYRS MIRROR was a translation from the
Dutch into German and was printed at the Ephrata Cloisters, at Ephrata,
Pennsylvania, in 1745.
The first English edition, translated from the German, was published at
Lampeter Square, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in 1837. The second
English Edition was published in 1853 in London, England. The third
English edition, published in 1886 in Elkhart, Indiana, was a translation
from the original Dutch language edition of 1660.
A reprint of the third English edition was published in 1938 at
Scottdale, Pennsylvania. Reprints were released in 1950, 1951, 1964,
1968, 1972 and 1975.
The eleventh English printing, 1977, and subsequent prints, include
reproductions of the engravings.