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  • Hardcover: 2932 pages
  • Publisher: Resources for Christian Living; Rep Rev edition (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870610457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870610455
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 17.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,719,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Little of Alban Butler's work survives in this revised edition--if the reader wants to have access to Butler's own words, with all his wonderful moral judgments, this is not the edition to consult. That said, Thurston and Attwater have done an exhaustive job of updating Butler's original work, including the addition of bibliographical references (mostly referring to foreign-language works) and attempting to sort through the historical inaccuracies that necessarily plague any study of the saints. As they admit, however, this is not meant to be a scholarly reference work.This collection includes more saints than any other that I have seen, and so it is a very useful and interesting work in itself. While Butler's wonderful 18th-century prose, so unfamiliar and even harsh to our modern ears, has been taken out in this revision, the result is not always easy to read. Some of the language is clumsy and poorly-constructed, but one gets used to it and it is not a major fault. In addition, the binding is not of the highest quality. The biggest failing of this edition--which is not the fault of the revisers, of course--is that many of the feast days of particular saints have been changed since the Second Vatican Council. An updated edition that takes this into account would be welcome, but all in all this is a useful collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Aug. 1998
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This second edition stripped away Butler's original verbocity, while keeping the beauty of the original prose. What's left is a compendium of the greatest men and women ever to walk the planet. Conveniently arranged for daily readings. This is a timeless classic that deserves the attention of anyone and everyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan. 1999
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I am not religious, but over the course of the years I have developed a fascination for the lives of Catholic saints. This compendium is a wonderful resource and a browser's delight. I recommend it very highly to anyone with a serious interest on the subject.
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250 of 262 people found the following review helpful
Original version is better. 8 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Fr. Alban Butler is considered one of the greatest English Catholic writers. His Lives of the Saints has become the most important work after the Bible and the Imitation of Christ. But this new edition by Thurston and Attwater has destroyed much of the beauty of the orginal "Lives," and for this reason Thurston was strongly criticized by Pope Pius XII. The original, unadultered 4 volume set is still in print under the title THE LIVES OF THE FATHERS, MARTYRS AND OTHER PRINCIPAL SAINTS from St. Bonaventure Publications, and is priced significantly lower than the new edition.
68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
A useful reference, but not without problems 25 Oct. 1998
By Aquila - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Little of Alban Butler's work survives in this revised edition--if the reader wants to have access to Butler's own words, with all his wonderful moral judgments, this is not the edition to consult. That said, Thurston and Attwater have done an exhaustive job of updating Butler's original work, including the addition of bibliographical references (mostly referring to foreign-language works) and attempting to sort through the historical inaccuracies that necessarily plague any study of the saints. As they admit, however, this is not meant to be a scholarly reference work.This collection includes more saints than any other I have seen, so it is a very useful and interesting work in itself. While Butler's wonderful 18th-century prose, so unfamiliar and even harsh to our modern ears, has been taken out in this revision, the result is not always easy to read. Some of the language is clumsy and poorly-constructed, but one gets used to it and it is not a major fault. In addition, the binding is not of the highest quality. The biggest failing of this edition--which is not the fault of the revisers, of course--is that many of the feast days of particular saints have been changed since the Second Vatican Council. An updated edition that takes this into account would be welcome, but all in all this is a useful collection.
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
The classic compendium of hagiography 9 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am not religious, but over the course of the years I have developed a fascination for the lives of Catholic saints. This compendium is a wonderful resource and a browser's delight. I recommend it very highly to anyone with a serious interest on the subject.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A timeless classic that every Christian can appreciate 8 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This second edition stripped away Butler's original verbocity, while keeping the beauty of the original prose. What's left is a compendium of the greatest men and women ever to walk the planet. Conveniently arranged for daily readings. This is a timeless classic that deserves the attention of anyone and everyone.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Butler's Lives Of The Saints - 4 volumes - books 5 Jun. 2012
By medinamom - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been reading these 4 books daily for about 30 years and have learned a tremendous amount of history of my Catholic faith. They also have information on the martyrs of my faith, those who have achieved sainthood, archangels, etc. since the time of Jesus Christ. When we bought a second home in another state, I ordered another set for that residence, so I would have them at both residences. I highly recommend this set and I have the leather bound as I use them daily. I was glad Amazon.com had this available to ship to the new residence.
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