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Many reviews are not for The New Foxe's Book of Martyrs,
This review is from: Foxe's Book of Martyrs (Pure Gold Classics) (Paperback)As editor of The New Foxes Book of Martyrs, I feel I need to protest Amazon's inclusion of reader's reviews that have absolutely nothing to do with that book and are, therefore, totally misleading. There are reader's comments regarding the inclusion of a chapter about John Calvin, which The New Foxe's Book of Martyrs does NOT have. One reviewer even makes remarks about it being published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, but The New Foxe's Book of Martyrs that you picture on this page was published by Bridge-Logos Publishers. The last reviewer criticizes the The New Foxe's Book of Martyrs strongly for not containing information about William Tyndale and Thomas Cranmer and others, which it clearly and definitely does contain. Another reviewer even says the book lists no editor, and my name is clearly on the cover and on the inside. Perhaps only 3-4 of these reviews are actually about The New Foxe's Book of Martyrs. So obviously Amazon has simply thrown together all reviews of all versions of Foxe's book and not the reviews of only The New Foxe's Book of Martyrs. So I wish to protest strongly Amazon's having done so since they discredit not only my work as editor of The New Foxe's Book of Martyrs, but they obviously harm the potential sales of the book. Harold J. Chadwick 4/12/2005
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Initial post: Jan 9, 2007 11:36:08 AM PST
J. Young says:
The editor makes a good point. There are several different editions of this work in publication, but Amazon does absolutely nothing to help the potential customer sort through the choices - in fact the reviews are just misleading, considering all reviews and (worse) book descriptions relating to any book with Fox, Foxe, and martyr in the title appear on the web page regardless of which book/edition one is viewing. I think I'll have to take my custom somewhere else on this one.
Posted on Aug 8, 2007 4:54:16 PM PDT
Encompassed Runner says:
Wow, Amazon sure has made a mess here, they've got all the various different Foxe Book of Martyrs books showing comments that clearly only correspond to a certain book about the Foxe martyrs--there is a WIDE range of difference (in content and quality) between one book and the other, Amazon really should not have all of these lumped together for review purposes. If this "review" by Harold Chadwick doesn't seem to relate to the particular book on the product page, it's only because Amazon's got these reviews all over the place instead of for the particular book the reviewer was reviewing. I agree with reviewer/author Harold Chadwick as well as J. Young's comment on the review.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2008 1:56:45 PM PDT
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J. P. Russell says:
Yes, they sure did make a mess of it. Searching for "Foxes book of martyrs" doesn't even show the version edited by Harold Chadwick (while that is the title on the cover). One has to search for "The new Foxes book of martyrs", which I would not have known to do if Chadwick had not given that information in his "review".
Posted on Feb 12, 2009 1:58:54 PM PST
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Philip S Roeda says:
Quite a maze to look through. I have just read Foxe's Christian Martyrs of ther World. Loooking to Reviews trying to understand th distinction I am more confused. I have never read Foxe's Book of Martyrs.
Posted on Jan 5, 2010 3:33:06 PM PST
B. Lawyer says:
Here is my understanding of the situation. This guy Harold Chadwick was the writer or editor for the "New Foxe's book of Martyrs" a completely different book then the one attached to these comments. A couple years ago, his book had several very poor reviews, and deservingly so in my opinion. Chadwick was upset about the reviews and wrote his above review comment giving his book a 5 star rating and being critical of all the reviews on his book. Somehow he managed to get Amazon to remove the majority of the negative reviews on his book and place them on this book edited by WG Berry. Because a couple years ago his above comments in addition to multiple one star ratings were placed on his book. Somehow he convinced amazon to move all these comments to Berry's book. Basically Harold J. Chadwick sounds like a real jerk and his book "The New Foxe's Book of Martyrs" sucks and if you would have seen all the reviews on his book 5 years ago I think it had something like 6 one star reviews that he managed to get transfered to this authors book.
Posted on Oct 16, 2011 1:57:33 PM PDT
Maria J. Callirgos says:
Thank you Mr. Harold Chadwick. I did not have knowledge of this fact, and I will not buy this edition of the boo.
Posted on Mar 22, 2012 2:54:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 23, 2012 2:19:36 PM PDT
Gavin B. McGrath says:
As a religiously conservative Protestant collector of various editions of Foxe's Book of Martyrs I can say this is the worst edition I've ever seen. On the upside, we can thank God for Harold Chadwick's Section 1 which is broadly standard and classic Protestant hagiology; although even here, his section dealing with the era of Henry VIII lacks balance and betrays an anti-Anglican bias. But amidst some good figures (e.g., William Carey), his following 2 sections are "shockers." He includes e.g., heretics who contrary to the Protestant teaching of sola Scriptura (Luke 11:49-51; Eph. 2:20) claimed they could get new revelations of the Spirit such as Anne Hutchinson (pp. 271-278); or her friend, Mary Dyer (pp. 278-280) who promoted the sin of males being "fearful" pacifists (Rev. 21:8) & exhibited the power of devils e.g., a "monstrous birth" of hers of a dead-born child caused Satanic powers to be revealed with evidence given that "the bed whereon the mother lay did shake" (Karlsen's "The Devil in the Shape of a Woman," p. 17). Chadwick also includes persons who engaged in sedition against the Crown under King Charles II, though Rom. 13:1,2 & Gal. 5:20,21 says suchlike go to hell (Scottish Covenanters, 1666, 1679, & 1685, p. 291); and he speaks favorably of a Spanish Popish priest of the Spanish Inquisition era who preached "another gospel" (Gal. 1:16) than justification by faith (Gal. 3:11) as a "noted Christian" (Molinos, pp. 296-7). Though the cover claims it is "updated through" to "the 21st century," amidst his embrace of the ecumenical compromise with non-Protestants, we find no reference in it to e.g., the 1866 Roman Catholic martyrdom of Protestants at Barletta in Italy, the martyrdom of the President of the Protestant Truth Society, John Kensit, in 1902 by Roman Catholics at Liverpool in England; no reference to the confessors and martyrs of Lutheran Protestantism in Croatia and Serbia under the Roman Catholic Greater Croatian Inquisition during World War II; no reference to the martyrdom of Protestants by Papists from the 1940s through to the 1960s in Columbia, South America; and no reference to the killing of Protestants by Papists in Northern Ireland such as the 1998 Omagh Bombing. Notwithstanding the general good in his first section, and some good in sections 2 & 3; his sections 2 & 3 contain so much that is unBiblical and bad, that people should be warned of the spiritually damaging effects it will have on many of them. A generally better edition (with some defects in e.g., "The Preface" with a similar anti-Anglican lack of balance in dealing with Henry VIII,) is available through Amazon from Hendrickson (2004). I recommend the 2004 Hendrickson edition as by far the better of the two. Gavin McGrath, March 2012 (http://www.easy.com.au/~gmbooks/).
Posted on May 16, 2012 9:21:20 AM PDT
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L. N. Howe says:
If Mr. Chadwick's remark are true, this speaks very poorly of how Amazon.com may be handling ALL its book reviews, which disappoints me. B. Lawyer's and Gavin McGrath's remarks would seem to throw some light on the situation. I have never had a Foxe's Martyrs and thought I might get one that had been updated. Now I don't know if I can trust an updated version, but I may go by what McGrath says.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2012 3:31:42 PM PDT
The picture attached here IS Mr. Chadwick's book, "The New Foxe's Book of Martyrs Copyright 1997 ! There are 2 bin # shown: One goes to Mr.Chadwick's book that is shown. The other one does NOT go to it, and does NOT go to Mr. Chadwick's: Foxe's Book of Martyr's, Copyright 2001.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2012 3:59:08 PM PDT
I to am shocked at who is included that were false religion teachers! And who is left out!
And then how do you know what book is what, even from Harold J Chadwick!
He has an OLDER one titled The NEW Foxe's Book Of Martyrs (copyright 1997) and then a NEWER one titled Foxe's Book Of Martyrs (Copryright 2001)!
Are there other Harold J Chadwick ones?
Why does he not explain the differences here?
(One of the ISBN # here ISBN-13: 978-0882706726 does not go to either of these 2 books.)
And then did he use a different publishing company at one time, and then decide to start his own publishing company (Bridge Logos) to publish his book? And then change it (in New Jersey on his 1997 books) to a foundation (in Florida) listed on the newer books in 2001?
So many strange things!