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     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 Notes    
St. Peter’s Chains    
The Seven Machabees    
Sts. Faith, Hope, and Charity    
St. Ethelwold    
St. Pellegrini    
St. Stephen, Pope and Martyr    
St. Etheldritha    
St. Alphonsus Liguori    
The Invention of St. Stephen    
St. Nicodemus    
St. Gamaliel    
St. Walthen    
St. Dominic    
St. Luanus    
The Dedication of Our Lady of the Snows    
St. Oswald    
St. Afra and Companions    
St. Memmius    
The Transfiguration of Our Lord    
St. Sixtus II    
Sts. Justus and Pastor    
St. Cajetan    
St. Donatus    
Sts. Cyriacus, Largus, Smaragdus and their Companions    
St. Hormisdas    
St. Romanus    
St. Nathy    
St. Fedlimid    
St. Laurence    
St. Deusdedit    
St. Blaan    
St. Tiburtius and St. Chromatius    
St. Susanna    
St. Gery    
St. Equitius    
St. Clare    
St. Euplius    
St. Muredach    
St. Hippolytus    
St. Cassian    
St. Radegundes    
St. Wigbert    
St. Eusebius    
St. Eusebius of Rome    
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary    
St. Alipius    
St. Arnoul    
St. Mac-Cartin    
St. Hyacinth    
St. Roch    
St. Mamas    
Sts. Liberatus and Six Monks    
St. Helen    
St. Agapetus    
St. Clare of Monte Falco    
Sts. Timothy, Agapius, and Thecla    
St. Louis    
St. Mochteus    
St. Cumin    
St. Bernard    
St. Oswin    
Sts. Bonosus and Maximilian    
St. Jane Frances de Chantal    
St. Richard    
St. Bernard Ptolemy    
St. Hippolytus    
St. Symphorian    
St. Timothy    
St. Andrew Deacon    
St. Philibert    
St. Philip Beniti    
Sts. Claudius, Asterius, Neon, Domnina, and Theonilla    
St. Apollinaris Sidonius    
St. Theonas    
St. Eugenius    
St. Justinian    
St. Bartholomew    
The Martyrs of Utica    
St. Ouen    
St. Irchard    
St. Louis, King of France    
St. Gregory    
St. Ebba    
St. Zephyrinus    
St. Genesius    
St. Gelasinus    
St. Genesius of Arles    
St. Cæsarius    
St. Poemen    
St. Hugh of Lincoln    
St. Joseph Calasanctius    
St. Malrubius    
St. Syagrius    
St. Augustine    
St. Hermes    
St. Julian at Brioude    
The Decollation of St. John Baptist    
St. Sabina    
St. Sebbi    
St. Merri    
St. Rose of Lima    
Sts. Felix and Adauctus    
St. Fiaker    
St. Pammachius    
St. Agilus    
St. Raymund Nonnatus    
St. Isabel    
St. Cuthburge    
St. Aidan    
St. Giles    
Twelve Brothers    
St. Lupus    
St. Firminus II    
St. Stephen, King of Hungary    
St. Justus    
St. William    
Bl. Margaret    
St. Simeon Stylites    
St. Remaclus    
St. Mansuet    
St. Macnisius    
Sts. Marcellus and Valerian    
The Translation of St. Cuthbert    
St. Ida    
St. Rosalia    
St. Rosa of Viterbo    
St. Ultan    
St. Laurence Justinian    
St. Bertin    
St. Alto    
St. Pambo    
St. Eleutherius    
St. Bega    
St. Cloud    
St. Regina    
St. Evurtius    
St. Grimonia    
St. Madelberte    
Sts. Alchmund and Tilberht    
St. Eunan    
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin    
St. Adrian    
St. Sidronius    
Sts. Eusebius, Nestabulus, Zeno, and Nestor    
St. Corbinian    
St. Disen    
The Holy Name of the Virgin Mary    
Sts. Gorgonius, Dorotheus, and Companions    
St. Omer    
St. Kiaran    
St. Osmanna    
St. Bettelin    
St. Nicholas of Tolentino    
St. Pulcheria    
Sts. Nemesianus, Felix, Lucius, another Felix, Litteus, Polianus, Victor, Jader, and Dativus    
St. Finian    
St. Salvius    
Sts. Protus and Hyacinthus    
St. Paphnutius    
St. Patiens    
St. Eanswide    
St. Guy    
St. Albeus    
St. Eulogius    
St. Amatus    
St. Ame    
St. Maurilius    
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross    
St. Catharine of Genoa    
St. Cormac    
St. Nicetas    
St. Nicomedes    
St. John the Dwarf    
St. Aicard    
St. Aper    
St. Cornelius    
St. Cyprian    
St. Euphemia    
Sts. Lucia and Geminianus    
St. Ninian    
St. Editha    
St. Lambert    
St. Columba    
St. Hildegardis    
St. Rouin    
Sts. Socrates and Stephen    
St. Thomas of Vlllanova    
St. Methodius    
St. Ferreol    
St. Joseph of Cupertino    
St. Januarius    
St. Theodore    
Sts. Peleus, Pa-Termuthes, and Companions    
St. Lucy    
St. Eustochius    
St. Sequanus    
St. Eustachius and Companions    
St. Agapetus    
St. Matthew, Apostle    
St. Maura    
St. Lo    
St. Maurice and His Companions    
St. Emmeran    
St. Linus    
St. Thecla    
St. Adamnan    
St. Gerard    
St. Germer    
St. Rusticus    
St. Chuniald    
St. Pacificus    
St. Ceolfrid    
St. Barr    
St. Firmin    
St. Aunaire    
Sts. Cyprian and Justina    
St. Eusebius    
St. Colman Elo    
St. Nilus the Younger    
Sts. Cosmas and Damian    
St. Elzear    
St. Wenceslas    
St. Lioba    
St. Eustochium    
St. Exuperius    
The Dedication of St. Michael’s Church    
St. Theodota    
St. Jerome    
St. Gregory    
St. Honorius

Rev. Alban Butler
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