The field of 'martyrology', formalised by John Foxe in his 'Book of Martyrs' (1563), has fascinated scholars over the centuries since, and this book is another study, in the form of a 'pilgrimage' to places where English martyrs either suffered or were put to death. The reader is taken on a journey through England, visiting such places as Lutterworth, Norwich, Manchester, Carmarthen, Old Cleve, Adisham (Kent), Lambeth and (of course) Smithfield - site of many a burning at the stake.
Charles Benjamin Tayler (1797–1875) was a Church of England clergyman and writer for the young. After curacies at Hadleigh in Suffolk, Kent, Surrey, and Hampshire, he moved to the parish of Hodnet in Shropshire (1831 to 1836). In 1836 the bishop of Chester presented him to the living of St. Peter's in Chester, where he also preached at St. Mary's, often to as many as 1200 people. While there he published a series of 'Tracts for the Rich'. In 1846 he was appointed rector of Otley in Suffolk, where he worked in particular with young people.
Our copy is in generally good condition for its age (presumed c.1860), bound in brown cloth with bevelled edges; gilt and black line decoration to all external surfaces; some crinkling of the cloth, with pale staining suggestive of water damage, and general wear at corners and top & bottom of the spine. All page edges gilt. Inside, the binding is generally firm, with occasional looseness where the sewn thread is visible. Endpapers rather browned/foxed, but pages otherwise clean. Frontispiece portrait of John Foxe has its tissue guard present. A binder's label (Westley & Co) is pasted at the bottom inside the back cover. The text is enhanced with many B/W illustrations. This is the new and revised edition, the original publication having appeared in 1853.