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The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Saints: An Authoritative Guide to the Lives and Works of Over 500 Saints, with Expert Commentary and Over 500 Beautiful Painting, Statues and Icons [Hardcover]

Tessa Paul
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1 May 2009 The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of
The broad-ranging introduction of this book unravels the myths that surround sainthood, explaining why pious heroism is described through legend and how relics signify the reality of the saints. Then, the second half of the book is an illustrated encyclopedia of over 400 saints, in chronological order. The life and work of each saint is described. Far more than a dictionary of saints, this book explores the conditions of sainthood and tells the lives of the saints. If offers a comprehensive, modern approach to this fascinating subject.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754818543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754818540
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 22.9 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tessa Paul is the author of a number of non-fication titles, including a biography on Louis Comfort Tiffany and two titles on stained glass and decorative titles.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Immensely disappointing 1 Dec 2011
By AMTS
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book a week or two ago, partly because it says, in the subtitle, that it is an AUTHORITATIVE guide, and partly because of the positive reviews above.

However, it is mostly a picture book - which is fine if that is what you are looking for - but the text for many of the Saints is not enough to be a guide to their "life and works" eg There are just 7 sentences about Elizabeth (Isabella) of Portugal - who is known as The Patroness of Peace because of her work of reconciliation - including "Although she wished to live in modest obscurity, she was called upon to soothe the poor relations between Portugal and Castile" - not what I expected from an "Authoritative Guide...with Expert Commentary"

And for dozens of Saints we are offered just one or two sentences. eg "Peter Chanel: an early member of the Society of Mary, he was sent as a missionary to the French territory of Fortuna, where he was martyred".
"Jane Frances de Chantal: Founded the Visitation Order. By the time she died, 86 convents had been established in Europe".

There are also mistakes - eg St Rita of Cascia had a violent husband and unhappy marriage. Modern scholars say that this is not true, and that the original error arose from a mistranslation.

The best thing about this book, for me, is that it does have some brief entries on the some of the more recently canonised Saints. But had I been able to browse through this book first, I would not have bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kev's Review 14 July 2009
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Very Impressive Book, a joy to read , excellent graphics and text.
Would really recommend buying if you are interested in the Saints.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For all the saints. 12 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
I purchased this book as a present for my sister - in fact I purchased two. A lovely book, printed on quality shiny paper and beautifully illustrated. This is the type of book one can pick up and browse through. Just a word of warning, if you are thinking of posting it to someone it is quite heavy, however, don't let that put you off, it is a quality book and I am very pleased with the purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The saints 20 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
A clear, well illustrated book, suitable for any reader to immerse themselves into an understanding of the saints
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well presented 15 Jun 2012
By Sean
Format:Hardcover
The book is excellently presented, with generous pictures in vivid colour, overall, a very good production. The book is an excellent overview of the saints. The book is only 256 pages, and so if you are expecting detailed descriptions of each saints, you will have to find a bigger book! Or a book for each saint! But as an overview, does a great job, I thought, explaining things about the lives and times of the saints, classifying and grouping them etc. An excellent handbook to inspire you to furhter reading, an excellent picture book, to flip though like a family album, for they are your family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Saints 3 Dec 2010
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This book was all that I expected it to be. It explains in words and pictures all that anyone would need to know about the saints. Apart from its value as a comprehensive encyclopedia of saints and its usefulness from a religious point of view it is a useful reference work. On top of all that it is of general interest and is easy to read.
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