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Introduction, Prefaces, and January - Hardcover - Illustrated -520 pages

    Very few published works require such a lengthy explanation of exactly WHICH edition is being offered, in what format, and why, than Fr. Alban Butler’s Lives of the Saints. The reason is that there are so many very different books being printed under this author’s name and under this title due to it’s long history (the work is almost 300 years old) and its universal popularity. Few catholic books except the Bible, the Confessions, the Imitation, and the Summa, are as widely read. This book has also been extensively revised, altered, and updated since its original publication, with new editions, even 21st century revisions being made, that we feel the time is ripe for an original, unexpurgated, and unrevised print version to be made available.

    This edition is widely considered to be the most complete and authoritative ever issued. It is the 1854 edition of D. J. Sadlier of New York, and in the Preface it gives its “pedigree.” The original was printed anonymously in London in 1759, after 30 years work on the project. The edition published by Sadlier is an exact replica of the Dublin and London edition of 1833. Being a scholarly work, but also a work deeply imbued with the piety and devotion of a priest’s lifetime effort, it is loaded with footnotes which comprise a significant proportion of the total text. In the original book, the footnotes were printed in such a small, closely-set typeface, that they were almost unreadable.

    Loreto Publications has utilized the recent development of OCR scanning to extract the original text and to put it into a modern, highly readable, and much larger font typeface than any of the old editions. We have extensively proofread the text thus generated, and have made the layout “user friendly” as the moderns so succinctly state. In addition, our already available edition of Butler’s Little Pictorial Lives—which is a drastic abridgment of this original edition to one volume, illustrated, with one saint and one image for each day of the year—has provided us with 365 beautiful 19th century engravings which we have added to this original un-illustrated text.

    Loreto has made a few corrections of obvious typographical errors and has slightly altered some capitalization rubrics and some spellings, but we have has refrained from alterations to the text. We think that modern readers are not so uneducated as to need the work “updated” for them, either as to content or style, since the beautiful expressiveness of Butler’s 18th century grammatical and rhetorical mastery is not so far removed historically as to render it unintelligible to any ordinary 21st century reader. We are certain that our readers will appreciate the original work for its piety, beauty, and comprehensive scholarship.

    A great man once said that “History is the laboratory of Wisdom.” And where do we find the best history? It is found in the lives of the saints, for it is through their lives on earth, lived within the union of Christ’s mystical body, the Catholic Church, that we see the only history that truly matters for all eternity.

    This spectacular history by Fr. Alban Butler, The Lives of the Saints, presents to the reader the life story of over 1600 saints and their times. In the original introduction we find this bold statement:

“It is on this account we have ventured to designate The Lives of the Saints an historical supplement to the Old and New Testaments. We think this work deserves to be so considered, on account of the close resemblance it bears to the historical portions of holy writ. Let the divine economy, in this respect, be for a moment the subject of the reader’s consideration.”

    Loreto Publications has here reproduced the finest original edition of the text from the early 19th century with no modernization, alterations, deletions, or additions to the product of Father Butler.

    Father Alban Butler was born in 1710, at Appletree, Northamptonshire, the second son of Simon Butler, Esq. Orphaned at the age of eight, he was sent to be educated at the English College, Douay, in France. In 1735, Butler was ordained a priest. At Douay, he was appointed professor of philosophy, and later professor of theology. It was at Douay, he began his principal work The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs and Other Principal Saints. He also prepared material for Richard Challoner’s Memoirs of Missionary Priests, a work on the martyrs of the reign of Elizabeth. He labored for some time as a missionary priest in Staffordshire, and was finally appointed president of the English seminary at Saint Omer in France, where he remained till his death in 1773.



Publisher’s Note    
Preface to the Last Dublin Edition    
The Life and Writings of the Rev. Alban Butler
An Introductory Discourse    
The Circumcision of Our Lord    
St. Fulgentius    
St. Odilo    
St. Almachus    
St. Eugendus    
St. Fanchea    
S. Mochua    
St. Mochua of Bella    
St. Macarius of Alexandria    
St. Concordius    
St. Adalard    
St. Peter Balsam    
St. Anterus    
St. Gordius    
St. Genevieve    
St. Titus    
St. Gregory    
St. Rigobert    
St. Rumon    
St. Simeon Stylites    
St. Telesphorus    
St. Syncletica    
The Epiphany of Our Lord    
St. Melanius    
St. Nilammon    
St. Peter, Abbot    
St. Lucian    
St. Cedd    
St. Kentigerna    
St. Aldric    
St. Thillo    
St. Canut    
St. Apollinaris    
St. Severinus    
St. Lucian    
St. Pega    
St. Vulsin    
St. Gudula    
St. Nathalan    
St. Peter of Sebaste    
Sts. Julian and Basilissa    
St. Marciana    
St. Brithwald    
St. Felan    
St. Adrian    
St. Vaneng    
St. William    
St. Agatho    
St. Marcian,    
St. Theodosius    
St. Hyginus    
St. Egwin    
St. Salvius    
St. Arcadius    
St. Benedict Biscop    
St. Aelred    
St. Veronica of Milan    
St. Kentigern    
St. Hilary    
St. Felix of Nola    
Sts. Isaias and Sabbas    
St. Barbasceminus and Sixteen of His Clergy    
St. Paul The First Hermit    
St. Maurus    
St. Main    
St. John Calybite    
St. Isidore of Alexandria    
St. Isidore, Hermit    
St. Bonitus    
St. Ita    
St. Marcellus    
St. Macarius the Elder    
St. Honoratus    
St. Fursey    
Five Friars    
St. Henry    
St. Antony, Abbot    
Sts. Speusippus, Eleusippus, and Meleusippus
St. Sulpicius the Pious    
St. Sulpicius II    
St. Milgithe    
St. Nennius    
St. Peter’s Chair at Rome    
Sts. Paul and Thirty-Six Companions    
St. Prisca    
St. Deicolus    
St. Ulfrid    
Sts. Maris, Martha, Audifax, and Abachum    
St. Canutus    
St. Henry Archbishop of Upsal    
St. Wulstan    
St. Blaithmaic    
St. Lomer    
St. Fabian    
St. Sebastian    
St. Euthymius    
St. Fechin    
St. Agnes    
St. Fructuosus and His Companions    
St. Vimin    
St. Publius    
St. Epiphanius    
St. Vincent    
St. Anastasius    
St. Raymund of Pennafort    
St. John the Almoner    
St. Emerentia    
St. Clement of Ancyra    
St. Agathangelus    
St. Ildefonsus    
St. Eusebius    
St. Timothy    
St. Babylas    
St. Suranus    
St. Macedonius    
St. Cadocus    
The Conversion of St. Paul    
Sts. Juventinus and Maximinus    
St. Projectus    
St. Poppo    
St. Apollo    
St. Publius    
St. Polycarp    
St. Paula    
St. Conon    
St. John Chrysostom    
On The Writings of St. John Chrysostom    
St. Julian    
St. Marius    
St. Cyril of Alexandria    
St. Agnes    
Sts. Thyrsus, Leucius, and Callinicus    
St. John of Reomay    
Bl. Margaret    
St. Paulinus    
Bl. Charlemagne    
St. Glastian of Scotland    
St. Francis of Sales    
St. Sulpicius Severus    
St. Gildas    
St. Gildas the Albanian    
St. Bathildes    
St. Martina    
St. Aldegondes    
St. Barsimaeus    
St. Peter Nolasco    
St. Serapion    
Sts. Cyrus and John    
St. Marcella    
St. Maidoc

vitis Sanctorum
Rev. Alban Butler
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