The Oxford Dictionary of Saints

The Oxford Dictionary of Saints

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This is 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. Critically acclaimed in its many editions, the dictionary is now reissued into the rebranded best-selling Oxford Paperback Reference series. The entries are concise accounts of the lives, cults, and artistic associations of over 1,400 saints, 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, the wide varieties of personalities and achievements of the canonized are reflected. Featuring maps of pilgrimage sights in Europe and fully updated appendices, this remains the standard reference paperback in its field. Recently-added saints include the Martyrs of Korea, Vietnam, and the Spanish Civil War, Andrew of Crete, and Emily Rodat, a female hermit of the 7th century. There are also more Scottish and Irish saints, and ancient Welsh saints; more European saints from all centuries, as well as more saints from Eastern Europe; more recently canonized saints and female saints from the USA.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 33mm | 418g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5th ed.
  • 5 maps
  • 0198609493
  • 9780198609490
  • 420,509

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION; ABBREVIATIONS; A-Z DICTIONARY OF SAINTS; APPENDICES; 1. Principal patronages of saints; 2. Prinicipal iconographical emblems of saints; Index of places; Calendar of the principal feasts; Patron saints of countries and towns; 3. Maps of pilgrimage sites across the world
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this delightful array ... the sort of thing that gives hagiography a good name. The Times compulsive reading The Tablet excellent and readable The Guardian Even those who do not believe in saints ... will be able to enjoy and to profit from this splendid book. Economist
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About David Hugh Farmer

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.
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