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About the Author

The Rev. Father Alban Butler was born in 1710 at Appletree, England. While still a youth, he was received into the English College of Douai, Flanders and subsequently ordained a priest in 1735. His Lives of the Saints, originally titled Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs and Principal Saints, was the fruit of about thirty years' research and work. Additionally, he was a persevering, diligent, and hard-working priest who included biographies of over 1,600 saints in his aforementioned literary effort. Father Butler's Lives of the Saints was also printed by TAN in 1995 with the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. He died on May 15, 1763.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 463 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books; Reprint edition (July 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895555301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895555304
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 8, 2001
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Father Butler's famous Lives of the Saints ranks only after the Bible, the Missal and The Imitation of Christ as the all-time most popular and authoritative Catholic book. This handy one-volume edition is taken from the many volumes of the highly revered Father Alban Butler (1710-1763), an English Catholic priest and scholar, who devoted almost 30 years of meticulous research to the lives of the Saints and whose work was originally published in the 1750's. This present edition contains no debunking, as do many other editions; thus, it conveys Fr. Butler's spirit of profound faith in and reverence for our saintly traditions. Additional Saints have been added, however, who have lived since the author's time-including St. Theresa the Little Flower, Pope St. Pius X, St. Catherine Labouré, etc. Based on the traditional Catholic calendar as of 1955. Gives approximately one page per saint, one or two saints per day, plus a brief Reflection based on the virtues of the saint. Extremely valuable to read daily in order to put oneself in tune with our holy Catholic traditions and to develop a truly Catholic approach to life. Shows the fruits of the Catholic Faith as borne out in the lives of its greatest adherents. Excellent for the whole family!! 428pp. PB. Imprimatur.
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"Lives of the Saints" was originally titled as "Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs and Other Principal Saints". Its author was Father Alban Butler, who lived from 1735-1763. It is, as the original title indicates, a book mostly of the priests, bishops, cardinals and popes of the church who were saints as well as of the martyrs and other saints. It was written during the 30 years that he was a professor of philosophy and theology, and was written for adult readers. It contains a concise but good biography on about 400 saints, at least one on his/her feast day for each day of the year. It has a 29 page appendix of more recent saints by a more recent author.
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Most saint books today leave out the extraordinary (most especially any talk of miracles), and paint a rather bland, ordinary life of a saint. That is, not to make a saint look too saintly. But not this book. This book is rumored to have been Fr. Alban Butler's personal favorite -- and is a version not gotten hold of by modern skeptical editors who strike any reference to the supernatural. Yes, the biographies are short, but that's so the book can be read in a few easy minutes each day. But perhaps the greatest strength of the book are the short meditations which are actually able to inspire those to read them to imitate the virtues of a saintly life. I have read this book every day for ten years (though based on the old Catholic calendar), and would recommend it again and again.
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I highly recommend this book to someone who is searching for a few role models on our daily journey to Christ. A saint a day is good for the soul.
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Simply put...this is a great resource. It is concise and interesting information compiled in one book that we found fascinating. A great reference book and the profiles will whet your appetite to know even more on the subjects. But we read it because it's just plain interesting!
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For a short history of the saints this is a good book. I would have rather read a longer description of each saint and their history.
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This book was given as a gift. Since it was an unexpected gift with no special occasion attached to it, it was received with delight. Nevertheless, the book is found to be most satisfactory with the helpful suggestions for daily meditations. Since I did not see the book (the gift was to an address some distance from me), I can only go by the words of gratitude from the person to whom I gave it.
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By carls on December 9, 2008
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I love this book. I read it almost every night. It's awesome to have a saint to intercede for you each night. It's also great to see the suffering and endurance of our past Christians and to witness to the 2,000-plus-year-old history of our church.
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