The Oxford Dictionary of Saints
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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Review: The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford Paperback Reference)User Review - Daniel Levesque - Goodreads
Good glossary, index. Not too much info, short versions of the tales, but a good reference guide to get you going! Feast days listed several ways in appd Read full review
Review: The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford Paperback Reference)User Review - Tom K - Goodreads
No frills. Good for what it is. This is not something I would read cover to cover, but whenever a saint comes up in my Medieval studies, I know I can turn to this trusty volume to give me a little background. Read full review