(PUBChristian Classics)Originally published in 1759, Butler's became a staple in the home of devout Catholics as it retold the stories of great heroes and heroines of the faith to inspire emulation. This massive second edition completed in 1956 edited out Butler's stilted verbosity; added new saints; and dropped the legendary ones. 2800 pages total, four softcovers.
First written in the mid-eighteenth century, Butler's Lives of the Saints, now available in a four-volume set was revised in 1956 to include 2,565 saints compared to the original 1,486. Carefully edited Herbert J. Thurston, S.J., and Donald Attwater to retain the charms of Butler's original prose style, this work of devotion and scholarship offers truths central to Christianity and underlying themes of Christian love.