Books: The English Inquisition

FOXE'S BOOK OF MARTYRS edited by G. A. Williamson. 475 pages. Little, Brown. $7.50.

God was the gut issue of the 16th century. Modern social historians, eager to prove that the Protestant Reformation was a social upheaval portending the birth of industrial civilization, too often forget that in a deeper sense it was a spiritual earthquake that violently reorganized the religious basis of human beings in the Western world. To read this book is to experience that earthquake. First published in 1563, while the temblors of terror were still rolling across Europe, The Actes and Monuments of the Latter Perilous Dayes was...