An Illustrated Dictionary of Saints
A Guide to the Lives and Works of Over 180 of the World’s Most Notable Saints, With Expert Commentary and More Than 350 Beautiful Illustrations
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Saints are recognized and venerated in almost every corner of the world. This stunning visual dictionary of saints chronicles the mysterious history of sainthood, telling the story of individual holy lives from a modern perspective. It also unravels some of the myths surrounding sainthood, and explores related issues as the importance of symbolism in Christian art, how certain places become holy sites, the significance of relics, miracles and how the purpose of pilgrimage has changed over the centuries.
Listed in chronological order the saints directory begins with the Archangels and the Holy Family and moves through the centuries to the 20th-century saints. As well as dozens of well-known saints such as St Francis of Assisi and Joan of Arc, other more local and lesser-known saints are also described such as Wolfgang of Regensburg and Leander, Bishop of Seville. The life and work of each saint is described, as well as key facts such as dates, birth place, patronage, feast day and emblem.
The book is sumptuously illustrated with more than 350 illuminating images of saints, the places where they lived, beautiful churches and mysterious relics - among them some of the finest works of Western art. It will inform every reader interested in discovering more about Christianity and the lives of the saints.
Tessa Paul is the author of a number of non-fiction titles, including a biography on Louis Comfort Tiffany, the American craftsman, and two titles on stained glass and decorative tiles. She has worked as editor and occasional author on a series of 32 books on religious festivals around the world. The consultant, Reverend Ronald Creighton-Jobe is an Oratorian Father at the London Oratory Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Exceptional In Depth & Art
This is an exceptional publication outlining the biographies of many of the Roman Catholic & Orthodox Churches recognised Saints.
Each Saint has a biography along with the Saints feast day and associated artwork.
It is very well laid out with easy to view pages and an index of names.
For its price of £2.99 it is great value.