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ISBN: 0385519974
ISBN 13: 9780385519977
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 34.95 MB
The author of the book: Thomas J. Craughwell
Edition: Doubleday Religion
Date of issue: September 19th 2006
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From thieves and extortionists to mass murderers and warmongers, up-close and embarrassingly personal snapshots of those sanctified people with the most unsaintly pasts in the history ofChristianity.
Saints are not born, they are made. And many, as "Saints Behaving Badly "reveals, were made of very rough materials indeed. The first book to lay bare the less than saintly behaviorof thirty-two venerated holy men and women, it presents the scandalous, spicy, and sleazy detours they took on the road to sainthood.In nineteenth- and twentieth-century writings about the lives of the saints, authorstended to go out of their way to sanitize their stories, often glossing over the more embarrassing cases with phrases such as, "he/she was once a great sinner." In the early centuries of the Church andthroughout the Middle Ages, however, writers took a more candid and spirited approach to portraying the saints. Exploring sources from a wide range of periods and places, Thomas Craughwell discovered a veritable roguesgallery of sinners-turned-saints. There's St. Olga, who unleashed a bloodbath on her husband's assassins; St. Mary of Egypt, who trolled the streets looking for new sexual conquests; and Thomas Becket, who despite his vast riches refused to give his cloak to a man freezing to death in the street. Written with wit and respect (each profile ends with what inspired the saint to give up his or her wicked ways), "Saints Behaving Badly" will entertain, inform, and even inspire Catholic readers across America.


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