This highly acclaimed dictionary provides wide and insightful coverage of the lives, cults, and artistic associations of over 1,700 saints, ranging from the famous to the obscure, the academic to the uneducated, and the rich to the poor. Informative and entertainingly written, it is an indispensable source for both specialists and general readers. Features maps of European pilgrimage sites, a calendar of principal feasts, and an appendix on pilgrimage and relics. Paperback.
Praised as "splendid" (The Economist) and "the kind of book that gives hagiography a good name" (The Times), this entertaining and authoritative dictionary breathes life into its subjects and is as browsable as it is informative. First published in 1978, the Oxford Dictionary of Saints offers more than 1,700 fascinating and informative entries covering the lives, cults, and artistic associations of saints from around the world. Ranging from the famous to the obscure, the rich to the poor, and the academic to the uneducated, the saints profiled here come from all walks of life, from all periods of history, and from around the world, reflecting a wide variety of personalities and achievements. This revised fifth edition includes appendices containing maps of pilgrimage sites, a list of saints' patronages and iconographical emblems, and a calendar of principal feasts.
David Hugh Farmer, formerly Reader in History at Reading University, is the author or editor of nine books.
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