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The Oxford Dictionary of Saints

David Hugh Farmer


ISBN: 9780199596607
ANNOTATION:
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.
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints
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ISBN: 9780199596607
ANNOTATION:
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.

Annotation

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.

Publisher Description

Far more than a dry hagiographical account of the lives of saints, 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, from the famous to the obscure, the rich to the poor, and the academic to the uneducated. From all walks of life and from all periods of history and from around the world, the wide varieties of personalities and achievements of the canonized are reflected. An updated introduction explains the steps towards becoming a saint, the processes of beatification and canonization.This revised fifth edition includes appendices containing five maps of pilgrimage sites, a list of saints' patronages and iconographical emblems, and a calendar of principal feasts, as well as a new appendix on pilgrimages.

Author Biography

David Hugh Farmer, formerly Reader in History at Reading University, is the author or editor of nine books. One of these was Magna Vita Sancti Hugonis: The Life of St Hugh of Lincoln by Adam of Eynsham, which he edited with Decima L. Douie for the Oxford Medieval Texts series. Others have been in
the related fields of monasticism, Bede and his age, and medieval spirituality.

Review

Review from previous edition this delightful array . . .the sort of thing that gives hagiography a good name.' The Times This concise dictionary of saints is already a standard reference work in the field.' Reference Reviews compulsive reading.' The Tablet excellent and readable.' Guardian `Even those who do not believe in saints . . . will be able to enjoy and to profit from this splendid book.' Economist

Long Description

Far more than a dry hagiographical account of the lives of saints, 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, from the famous to the obscure, the rich to the poor, and the academic to the uneducated. From all walks of life and from all periods of history and from around the world, the wide varieties of personalities and achievements of the canonized are reflected. An updated introduction explains the steps towards becoming a saint, the processes of beatification and canonization.This revised fifth edition includes appendices containing five maps of pilgrimage sites, a list of saints' patronages and iconographical emblems, and a calendar of principal feasts, as well as a new appendix on pilgrimages.

Review Text

Review from previous edition this delightful array . . .the sort of thing that gives hagiography a good name.' The Times This concise dictionary of saints is already a standard reference work in the field.' Reference Reviews compulsive reading.' The Tablet excellent and readable.' Guardian `Even those who do not believe in saints . . . will be able to enjoy and to profit from this splendid book.' Economist

Feature

Revised edition of this highly-acclaimed classic Over 1,700 fully-referenced entries Wide coverage of saints from all eras and backgrounds: from rich to poor, famous to obscure, from academics to the uneducated Covers recently canonized saints, such as the Saints Alphonsa, Marcellin Champagnat, Father Damien de Veuster, and Mary MacKillop Featuring maps showing European pilgrimage sites, a calendar of principal feasts, and a new appendix on pilgrimages

Product Details

Edition Description
Revised
Language
English
ISBN-10
0199596603
ISBN-13
9780199596607
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2011
Author
David Hugh Farmer
Pages
496
Edition
5th
Illustrations
Yes
Short Title
OXFORD DICT OF SAINTS REV/E-5E
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Audience
General/Trade
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Series
Oxford Quick Reference
Publication Date
2011-04-11