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Rev. Alban Butler's ORIGINAL Lives of the Saints Vol. 2

February & March - Hardcover - Illustrated -578 pages

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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.


St. Ignatius    
St. Pionius    
St. Bridgit    
St. Kinnia    
St. Sigebert II    
The Purification    
On Blessing the Candles and the Procession    
On the Christian Rite of Churching Women After Childbirth    
St. Laurence, Archbishop of Canterbury    
St. Blase    
St. Anscharius    
St. Wereburge    
St. Margaret    
St. Andrew Corsini    
Sts. Phileas and Philoromus    
St. Gilbert    
St. Jane    
St. Isidore of Pelusium    
St. Rembert    
St. Modan    
St. Joseph of Leonissa    
St. Agatha    
The Martyrs of Japan    
Appendix on the Martyrs of China    
St. Avitus    
St. Alice    
St. Abraamius    
St. Dorothy    
St. Vedast    
St. Amandus    
St. Barsanuphius    
St. Romuald    
St. Richard    
St. Theodorus    
St. Tresain    
St. Augulus    
St. John of Matha    
St. Stephen of Grandmont    
St. Paul Bishop of Verdun    
St. Cuthman    
St. Apollonia    
St. Nicephorus    
St. Thelian    
St. Ansbert    
St. Attracta    
St. Erhard    
St. Scholastica    
St. Soteris    
St. William of Maleval    
St. Erlulph    
Sts. Saturninus, Dativus, and Many Other Martyrs, of Africa    
St. Severinus    
The Empress Theodora    
St. Benedict of Anian    
St. Meletius    
St. Eulali    
St. Antony Cauleas    
St. Catharine De Ricci    
St. Licinius    
St. Polyeuctus    
St. Gregory II    
St. Martinianus    
St. Modomnoc    
St. Stephen, Abbot    
Bl. Roger    
St. Valentine    
St. Maro    
St. Abraames    
St. Auxentius    
St. Conran    
Sts. Faustinus and Jovita    
St. Sigefride    
St. Onesimus     
Sts. Elias, Jeremy, Isaias, Samuel, and Daniel    
St. Juliana    
St. Gregory X    
St. Tanco    
St. Flavian    
Sts. Theodulus and Julian    
St. Silvin of Auchy    
St. Loman    
St. Fintan    
St. Simeon    
Sts. Leo and Paregorius    
St. Barbatus    
Sts. Tyrannio, Zenobius and Others    
Sts. Sadoth, Ctesiphon and 128 Companons    
St. Eleutherius    
St. Mildred    
St. Eucherius    
St. Ulrick    
St. Severianus    
Sts. German and Randaut    
Sts. Daniel, and Verda    
Bl. Pepin of Landen     
The Chair of St. Peter at Antioch    
St. Margaret of Cortona    
Sts. Thalassius and Limneus    
St. Baradat    
St. Serenus    
St. Milburge    
Bl. Dositheus    
Bl. Peter Damian    
St. Boisil    
St. Matthias    
Sts. Montanus, Lucius, Flavian, Julian, Victorious, Primolus, Rhenus, and Donatian    
St. Lethard    
Bl. Robert of Arbrissel    
St. Pretextatus    
St. Ethelbert    
St. Tarasius    
St. Victorinus, and Six Companions    
St. Walburge    
St. Cæsarius    
St. Alexander    
St. Porphyrius    
St. Victor    
St. Leander    
Sts. Julian, Chronion, and Besas    
St. Thalilæus    
St. Galmier    
St. Nestor    
St. Alnoth    
Martyrs, who Died in the Great Pestilence in Alexandria    
St. Proterius    
Sts. Romanus and Lupicinus    
St. Oswald    
Saint David    
St. Swidbert    
St. Albinus    
St. Monan    
Martyrs under the Lombards    
St. Ceada    
St. Simplicius    
St. Marnan    
St. Charles the Good    
St. Joavan    
St. Cunegundes    
Sts. Marinus and Asterius    
Sts. Emeterius, Etc.    
St. Winwaloe    
St. Lamalisse    
St. Casimir    
St. Lucius    
St. Adrian    
Sts. Adrian, and Eubulus    
St. Kiaran    
Saint Iä     
Saint Breaca    
Saint Roger    
St. John Joseph of the Cross    
St. Hrodegang    
Bl. Colette    
St. Fridolin    
St. Baldrede    
Sts. Kyneburge, Kyneswide, and Tibba    
St. Cadroe    
St. Thomas of Aquino    
Sts. Perpetua, and Felicitas    
St. Paul, the Anchoret    
St. John of God    
St. Felix    
Ss. Apollonius, Philemon, Etc.    
St. Julian    
St. Duthak    
St. Rosa, of Viterbo    
St. Senan    
St. Psalmod    
St. Frances    
St. Gregory of Nyssa    
Appendix on the Writings of St. Gregory of Nyssa    
St. Pacian    
Appendix on the Writings of St. Pacian of Barcelona    
St. Catherine of Bologna    
The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste    
St. Droctoweus    
St. Mackessoge or Kessoge    
St. Eulogius    
St. Sophronius    
St. Ængus    
St. Constantine    
St. Gregory the Great    
Annotation on the Life of St. Gregory    
St. Maximilian    
St. Paul, Bishop of Leon    
St. Nicephorus    
St. Euphrasia    
St. Theophanes    
Saint Kennocha    
St. Gerald    
St. Mochoemoc    
St. Maud    
Sts. Acepsimas, Joseph, and Aithilahas    
St. Boniface    
St. Abraham and St. Mary    
St. Zachary    
St. Julian    
St. Finian    
Saint Patrick    
Many Martyrs at Alexandria    
St. Joseph of Arimathea    
St. Gertrude    
Saint Alexander    
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem    
Appendix on the Writings of St. Cyril of Jerusalem    
St. Edward    
St. Anselm    
St. Fridian    
St. Joseph    
St. Alcmund    
St. Cuthbert    
St. Wulfran    
St. Benedict    
St. Serapion the Sindonite    
St. Serapion, Abbot    
St. Serapion, Bishop of Egypt    
St. Enna    
St. Basil of Ancyra    
St. Paul    
St. Lea    
St. Deogratias    
St. Catharine of Sweden    
St. Alphonsus Turibius    
Sts. Victorian, etc.    
Sts. Victorian, Proconsul of Carthage, and others
St. Edelwald    
St. Irenæus    
St. Simon, an Infant    
St. William    
The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary    
St. Cammin    
St. Ludger    
St. Braulio    
St. John of Egypt    
St. Rupert    
Priscus, Malchus, and Alexander    
St. Sixtus III    
St. Gontran    
Sts. Jonas, Barachisius, and their Companions    
Sts. Armogastes, Archinimus, and Saturus    
St. Eustasius    
St. Gundleus    
St. Mark    
St. John Climacus    
St. Zozimus    
St. Regulus    
Saint Benjamin    
St. Acacius    
St. Guy    

vitis Sanctorum
Rev. Alban Butler
Illustrated 578 pages- Hardcover

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