Butler's "Lives of the Saints" online?


#1

Where can I find an unabridged, online version of Alban Bulter’s THE LIVES OF THE SAINTS (called also THE LIVES OF THE FATHERS, MARTYRS AND OTHER PRINCIPAL SAINTS)? Where can I find an inexpensive 4 volume set? Thanks


#2

I can’t help with finding Butler’s but this is what I use. Tons of info on the saints and patron info as well… all searchable!!

Paul


#3

Here’s a software version that’s not too expensive:

allcatholicbooks.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=ACB&Product_Code=SF25x1d&Category_Code=


#4

The Patron Saints’ Index is pretty handy.

I can’t find the complete Butler’s online for free when checking the normal places for free etexts, though you can get ahold of part of it in older editions if you use the www.archive.org and books.google.com.

Some books are easier to read in paper form, depends on your taste.

St. Benedict, ora pro nobis.


#5

sacred-texts.com/chr/lots/index.htm

This is the Benziger Brothers edition of Alban Butler’s Lives of the Saints. Butler (1711-1773), was an English Roman Catholic priest. This, his principal literary work, was published between 1756 and 1759. Lives of the Saints has hundreds of capsule descriptions of Catholic saints, organized by the saint’s day of the year. The 1894 Benziger Brothers edition, originally published in 1878, was heavily edited by John Gilmary Shea (here uncredited. Source: MELVYL). The ‘Reflections’ were not in the original Butler text, and were probably added by Shea.
The full text of Alban Butlers’ work, which occupies over 1,200 pages of two-column small type, will have to wait for another time. However this imprimatur edition was apparently widely used by American Catholics at the turn of the 20th century, and remains accessible to contemporary readers.


#6

Thank you!


#7

So maybe in the future they will have digitized the whole thing!


#8

:smiley: you’re welcome

they give that impression, don’t they? :thumbsup:


#9

You might try this link, they have Vol 1, and lots of other books too

freecatholicebooks.com/


#10

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Where can I find an unabridged, online version of Alban Bulter's THE LIVES OF THE SAINTS (called also THE LIVES OF THE FATHERS, MARTYRS AND OTHER PRINCIPAL SAINTS)? Where can I find an inexpensive 4 volume set? Thanks

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Here it is the unabridge, online version of Butler's Lives of the Saints:
bartleby.com/210/

I was looking for it myself and the search brought me to this thread. Now that I found the book I hope this post might help other people looking for the same book in the future :)


#11

[quote="navidad, post:10, topic:139602"]
Here it is the unabridge, online version of Butler's Lives of the Saints:
bartleby.com/210/

I was looking for it myself and the search brought me to this thread. Now that I found the book I hope this post might help other people looking for the same book in the future :)

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This is a four-year-old thread, but thanks for the link. It is accessible for free, but it's a pity it's not downloadable.


#12

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