Eighteenth-century English priest Alban Butler spent thirty years researching and compiling the four-volume, 1,600-entry Lives of the Primitive Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints,
more popularly known as Butler's Lives of the Saints
. His grand opus has been edited and updated over time, but this new "concise, modernized edition"
preserves the most important hallmark of his original work: a relatable focus on the human, rather than supernatural, aspects of the saints' lives. Organized chronologically by the saints' feast days, this compendium offers brief yet meaningful entries about the lives and legacies of several hundred Catholic saints, from throughout Christian history. What a wonderfully edifying celebration of faith and humanity. (KG)