The Book of Saints and Heroes

The Book of Saints and Heroes

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The first Christians to visit Europe and the British Isles met pagans who told tales of fairies, talking beasts, and other wonderful things. To these marvelous stories, they soon added new ones about the Christian saints.

Some were true, others improbable, and many simply fantastic. In the ones we include here, you'll meet the saint who spent seven Easters on a whale's back and the amiable lion who was St. Jerome's friend. You'll see St. George fight the dragon, and you'll read about the fierce wolf St. Francis of Assisi converted.

But many of these stories have in them scarcely a wave of the fairy wand. So you'll also find here true tales of great saints such as St. Louis of France, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Francis Xavier, and St. Elizabeth of Hungary - souls marked by courage, kindness, and piety.

These marvelous legends and exciting true stories of Christian saints and heroes will provide many hours of delightful reading to believers and non-believers alike!

About the Author: Andrew Lang was a journalist, poet, editor, literary critic and translator, and historian. Born in Scotland in 1844, he studied at St. Andrews University and at Balliol College, Oxford. Lang spent much of his life in London, writing for the Morning Post and for the Daily News, and working as the literary editor of Longman’s Magazine. Lang wrote novels and works of poetry, many books on religion and culture, and even translated the Iliad and the Odyssey. By the time of his death in 1912, Andrew Lang was widely known as a versatile, prodigious scholar. But today, Lang is remembered not so much for his scholarship as for the many fine collections of legends and stories he compiled with the assistance of Lenora, his wife. The Book of Saints and Heroes is one of the best of them.

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