Butler's Lives of the Saints - Four Volumes (SC)

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"This classic of hagiography... provides biographical accounts of 2,565 saints, from the most eminent to the most unlikely. The four volumes move through the year... and thus encourage fascinated browsing; a reader can check out the saints venerated on his or her birthday, discover which are patrons of what and enjoy a lot of good reading. ..."
--Washington Post


This monumental work was first compiled in the 18th century by Alban Butler and was later partially revised by Herbert Thurston, S.J., early in the 20th century. When Father Thurston's death interrupted work on the second revision, the massive editorial undertaking was assumed by the noted English scholar and hagiographer Donald Attwater, who spent a decade of research and editing in expanding the present edition. This four-volume edition traces its copyright back to 1956 unchanged.

See also:
Lives of Saints for Every Day in the Year

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  • 4 May 31st 2018
    butler's lives of the saints

    Fantastic stories, I wish it was updated to include all recent saints.

    james wojdyla

  • 5 Dec 1st 2017
    Highly Recommended

    This is THE book to read about the Saints! It does not include the more modern Saints, because this set was written some time ago -- but it is an informative history of the Catholic Saints.

    Deborah Craft-Marks

  • 5 Jun 25th 2010
    The Original is still the greatest

    Butler's Lives is the best English language source for information about our saints. I often refer to Butler when I'm preparing a homily for a saint's day. Best Uses: Reference; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Well Written

    St. Augustine Deacon

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