Over 1,400 fully-referenced entries. Wide coverage of saints from all eras and backgrounds: from rich to poor, famous to obscure, from academics to the uneducated. Features maps showing European pilgrimage sites. Covers recently canonized saints. Critically acclaimed as compulsive reading not restricted to theologians (The Tablet)
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.
David Hugh Farmer
David Hugh Farmer retired as Reader in History at Reading University in 1988. His books include Magna Vita Sancti Hugonis: The Life of St Hugh of Lincoln by Adam of Eynsham, which he edited with Decima L. Douie for the Oxford Medieval Texts series.
this delightful array . . . the sort of thing that gives hagiography a good name. - The Times
"compulsive reading" - The Tablet
"excellent and readable" - The Guardian
"Even those who do not believe in saints . . . will be able to enjoy and to profit from this splendid book." - Economist