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From early saints and martyrs such as Saint Patrick, Francis of Assisi, and Joan of Arc to the first American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, the lives of saints and martyrs make fascinating reading. Covering the stories of more than fifty saints and martyrs, this treasury offers personal histories of each saint, tales of their most famous deeds, and information on patron saints. Illustrated with art from stained-glass windows and illuminated manuscripts as well as masterpieces of painting by Caravaggio, Goya, Ingres, Titian and many others, the book also includes a calendar of Saints' Days and an explanation of what it takes to make a saint. Chock full of interesting stories and quotes from the saints themselves, The Treasury of Saints and Martyrs is an invaluable reference work--and wonderful reading, too.
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Grade 4-7-This meaty compendium provides short essays on the definition of a "saint," on the making of saints, and on four key periods in the history of Christianity. Brief biographical sketches introduce 50 saints, relate their engaging stories and give passing attention to their virtues and iconography. Males outnumber females by nearly four to one, though a few women walk on as mothers of male saints. The most egregious omission is any reference to Mother Teresa in the "Modern Saints" essay. The copious, full-color and black-and-white fine-art reproductions are well chosen and effectively laid out. There is no index to the art, however, and only sporadic identification of artists or dates. Nor have the saints been selected with art history in mind: popular artists' subjects (like Sebastian, Ursula, Jerome, Mary Magdalen) are missing, and iconographic symbols are not necessarily shown or mentioned (Paul's sword). There is a glossary (omitting friar, priory, lay brother, cloister) and a calendar of saints' days. The elegant beauty of the images is both homage and lure to our admiration of these inspiring models. Those interested in religion, ethics, art, literature, or social history will appreciate this treasury.
Patricia Lothrop-Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Books about the lives of saints are not in vogue the way they once were, but this exceedingly handsome volume might be just the thing to get children interested once more. Oversize and illustrated with museum art, the book introduces more than 40 saints, from the beginning of Christianity to the modern day. The life of each saint is discussed in a page or two of straightfoward text that also features several illustrations. The book begins with a brief but informative introduction, "What is a Saint," and follows with "The Making of a Saint," describing the process of canonization. Divided into groupings by time period, the saints include: Mary and Joseph, Paul, the gospel writers, Augustine, Basil, Hildegard, Dominic, Catherine of Siena, Martin de Porres, and modern saints, Bernadette and John Bosco. A pleasure to look at and often inspiring. A calendar of saints and glossary are appended. Ilene Cooper
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Book Description Marshall Publishing, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111840282053
Book Description Marshall Publishing, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1840282053