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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kev's Review
Very Impressive Book, a joy to read , excellent graphics and text.
Would really recommend buying if you are interested in the Saints.
Published on 14 July 2009 by K. Fitzpatrick

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Immensely disappointing
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...
Published on 1 Dec. 2011 by AMTS


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Immensely disappointing, 1 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: 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)
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kev's Review, 14 July 2009
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K. Fitzpatrick "Red Reader" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 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)
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all the saints., 12 Nov. 2009
This review is from: 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)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well presented, 15 Jun. 2012
This review is from: 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)
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The saints, 20 Dec. 2009
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A clear, well illustrated book, suitable for any reader to immerse themselves into an understanding of the saints
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great encyclopedia, 30 Jun. 2014
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Jacob la Cour (Hellerup, Denmark) - See all my reviews
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Very beautiful (and really good quality) book with short descriptions of 500 saints. It is not a book you read from cover to cover, but good to look up a Saint, when you come across one here and there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value, Speedy Delivery, 29 Jan. 2015
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Perfectly described, Great Value, Speedy Delivery, Great to deal with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational, 9 Sept. 2012
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This book is very informative and uplifting to get to know the saints is remarkable i know now them and what they were sainted for i can now call upon them knowing who they are
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book., 15 Feb. 2013
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This is a book to dip into at any time. It is well written and beautifully illustrated. If you've ever wondered about the person behind the name, this is the book for you.
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