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Butler's Lives of the Saints (4-Volume Set)

Butler's Lives of the Saints (4-Volume Set)

Author: Alban Butler

Edited by: Herbert J. Thurston, S.J.

Edited by: Donald Attwater

Price: $159.95

Format: Hardcover

Length: 2,932

Trim size: 6 x 9.25 inches

ISBN: 978-0-87061-045-5

Imprint: Christian Classics

On-sale date: January 1, 1956

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First written in the mid-eighteenth century, Butler's Lives of the Saints, now available in a four-volume set was revised in 1956 to include 2,565 saints compared to the original 1,486. Carefully edited Herbert J. Thurston, S.J., and Donald Attwater to retain the charms of Butler's original prose style, this work of devotion and scholarship offers truths central to Christianity and underlying themes of Christian love.


"Makes great reading."

"Attwater’s second edition, which has been reissued by Christian Classics, ... makes great reading any time.... The underlying theme remains that of Christian love, a love willing to undergo great sacrifices for the sake of God and neighbor. Comparisons may be drawn with common inspirational literature, legends of mythical heroes, and skillfully written biography. The critic of literary styles sees woven together in Butler’s Lives of the Saints many of the skills of the storyteller’s craft. A theologian finds on every page living witness to the central truths of the Christian Faith."

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