The Saints of the Isles series brings together telling accounts of the extraordinary lives of men and women from the British Isles - lives of holiness, courage and true discipleship to Christ and the Gospel message.

Titles in this series:

Forty Martyrs

Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
Compiled by James Walsh, SJ

The immortal stories of forty men and women who, to the last, joyfully died for their faith.

Margaret Clitherow, Edmund Campion, Philip Howard, John Southworth, to mention a few, rank among this group of courageous people whose lives were inextricably caught up in the religious persecution in England and Wales during the 1500s and 1600s. This enlarged edition of an ever popular booklet will continue to amaze and inspire generations to come. They were all canonised by Paul VI in 1970.

James Walsh, SJ is Vice-Postulator for the Cause of the English Martyrs

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Robert Southwell

Robert Southwell
Priest, Poet and Martyr
By Fiorella Sultana De Maria

With his father an ambitious (and protestant) courtier to Queen Elizabeth, Robert was brought up in the Catholic faith by his mother. Accomplished writer of prose and poetry, he worked as a priest with great zeal and success around London from 1586-1592. He was betrayed, tortured with extreme severity and imprisoned in the Tower. At 33 he was executed at Tyburn, London, (near today's Marble Arch) professing his faith and his priesthood, and praying for his enemies. One of the Forty Martyrs, he was canonised in 1970.

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Edmund Campion

Edmund Campion
By Alexander Haydon

Brilliant Oxford scholar, accomplished writer, and deacon of the Protestant Church, Campion became disenchanted with the 'new religion', and was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1578. He was one of the first Jesuits sent on the English mission, but was captured within a year and imprisoned in the Tower. Condemned by a rigged jury on the false charge of plotting against Queen Elizabeth, he was executed at London's Tyburn (near today's Marbel Arch) in 1581 at the age of 41. One of the Forty Martyrs, he was canonised in 1970.

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Margaret Clitheroe

Margaret Clitheroe
By Jean Olwen Maynard

A butcher's wife from York, Margaret was brought up in the new protestant religion, but was reconciled to the Catholic Church in 1574. Twelve years later she suffered brutal execution following years of apostolic activity, including habouring Catholic priests. She had refused to plead at her trial in order to spare her children and servants from testifying against her. Her husband never returned to the Catholic faith, though a daughter of hers became a nun at Louvain. One of the Forty Martyrs, she was canonised in 1970.

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Product Code: B676
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Thomas More

Thomas More
By Alvaro de Silva

Lord Chancellor of England, Christian Humanist, author of Utopia and loving husband and father; Thomas More's endurind appeal is renewed in this introductory biography.

A talented scholar, lawyer and politician, More rose to the highest position in England under Henry VIII. However, when he was called upon to choose between God and earthly power he remained firm in his faith and was executed as "the King's good servant and God's first". Thomas More was canonised in 1935 and proclaimed patron of statesmen and politicians by John Paul II in 2000.

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John Fisher

John Fisher
By Eldred Willey

John Fisher was the son of a prosperous cloth-merchant. His brilliant mind ensured that he rose quickly in the Church, and he eventually became Bishop of Rochester. As a Christian Humanist he was a friend of fellow Saint, Thomas More.

His Yorkshire roots ensured a plain-speaking loyalty to the truth that led to his martyrdom. He remains the only British Cardinal to be martyred and the only bishop in England who held out against Henry VIII until the very end.

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Product Code: B678
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Ignatius Spencer

Ignatius Spencer
By Fr Ben Lodge C.P.

An English aristocrat with a European view of the world, George Spencer left his Anglican rectory at Althorp, entered the Catholic Church, and then worked as parish priest in the Black Country.

His vocation led him to enter the Passionist Order taking the name Father Ignatius, and from there on spent his life working for the unity of all Christians. Much of his work centred on Ireland where he argued that if the Irish prayed for their English oppressor, God would listen to their prayers.

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Dominic Barberi

Dominic Barberi
By Fr Ben Lodge C.P.

Dominic Barberi (1792-1849) entered the Passionist Order despite many obstacles. His early career was as a lecturer and retreat giver, but throughout his Religious life he felt his vocation was to work in England. Trusting in God he finally arrived in his adopted country and began to work for Christian Unity, and fulfill the prayer of Christ: "That they may all be one." The climax for him was receiving Newman into the Church. He gave of himself as he worked all over England and even went to Ireland to give the first Passionist mission there. He died in The Railway Tavern in Reading.

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Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket
Patron of the Church in England and the English Pastoral Clergy
By J. B. Midgley

This fascinating account of one of England's best known saints reaches beyond the rise to power of a privileged and intelligent man, to reveal a story of holiness, suffering and courage. Set in turbulent and changing times, the forces of religious freedom and unchecked political power inevitably and fatally clash - in the persons of the King and Archbishop. Our crime said Becket, is the assertion of ecclesiastical liberty; for to profess it is to be guilty of high treason.

Barry Midgley, a retired Headmaster, has spent most of his professional life in Catholic education. He has published several titles with CTS and lives in East Anglia.

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Product Code: B697
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