made a saint of Mary Queen of Scots three hundred years ago, and she has hardly lost all of her saintship yet.
Several of us argued as well as we could that the "church" mentioned in the Bible meant a party of Christians, and not a building; that the Bible spoke of them as being very poor--so poor, I thought, and so subject to persecution (as per Polycarp's martyrdom
) that in the first place they probably could not have afforded a church edifice, and in the second would not have dared to build it in the open light of day if they could; and finally, that if they had had the privilege of building it, common judgment would have suggested that they build it somewhere near the town.
" too big a word to use in describing what a sensitive person must have suffered, subjected to such treatment as this?
Her first experimental attempt at martyrdom
had not been a distinguished success.
For any other son to have stayed with his mother for four days at Treport, it would have been a condescension or a martyrdom
, while I return, more contented, more peaceful -- shall I say more poetic!
The landlady raised her eyes to the ceiling with the air of a person who had deserved martyrdom
, and who submitted to it cheerfully.
But Honour was inspired by no such motive; she had no raptures to expect, nor any terrors to shun; and besides the real value of her clothes, in which consisted a great part of her fortune, she had a capricious fondness for several gowns, and other things; either because they became her, or because they were given her by such a particular person; because she had bought them lately, or because she had had them long; or for some other reasons equally good; so that she could not endure the thoughts of leaving the poor things behind her exposed to the mercy of Western, who, she doubted not, would in his rage make them suffer martyrdom
Such a man should have nothing to do with sorrow; nothing with strife; nothing with the martyrdom
which, in an infinite variety of shapes, awaits those who have the heart, and will, and conscience, to fight a battle with the world.
Sancho slept that night in a cot in the same chamber with Don Quixote, a thing he would have gladly excused if he could for he knew very well that with questions and answers his master would not let him sleep, and he was in no humour for talking much, as he still felt the pain of his late martyrdom
, which interfered with his freedom of speech; and it would have been more to his taste to sleep in a hovel alone, than in that luxurious chamber in company.
Miss M'Glashan, for that was the aunt's name, read a large bible in the kitchen with some of the joys of martyrdom
Milady, reclining in an armchair near the chimney, beautiful, pale, and resigned, looked like a holy virgin awaiting martyrdom
, I reckon them amongst miracles; because they seem to exceed the strength of human nature: and I may do the like, of superlative and admirable holiness of life.
There may be a pathological element in some martyrdom
, even a death wish.
Frend, who concluded that "without Maccabees and without Daniel a Christian theology of martyrdom
would scarcely have been thinkable" (Martyrdom
and Persecution in the Early Church, p.
Bowersock asserts that, first, martyrdom
was an 'urban affair' and that, second, its breeding ground was the cities of Asia Minor.