This is the story of a young girl who died when she was nineteen. She was no beauty and no scholar. She could neither read nor write. She came from the obscurity of a small, remote hamlet and in less than fifteen months had crowned a king, set in motion events that were to save her country from foreign domination, defeated the forces of a great nation, and changed the history of western Europe. She was burned to death as a heretic. Nearly five hundred years later she was canonized and became the patron saint of the country she saved. It is one of the astonishing stories in the history. This is an attempt to tell it simply but accurately and to peel away the smothering husk in which some historians have enclosed. It is a story of a great saint – Joan of Arc.
Saint Francis of Assisi
he knew that the praise of God stands on its strongest ground when it stands on nothing, he knew that we can the best measure the towering miracle of the mere fact of existence if we realize that but for some strange mercy we should not even exist. St Francis was a man of paradox. the inspiration behind the painting of Giotto and the poetry of Dante, Francis worked to end the crusade of the middle ages and intercede on behalf of birds. read this book and know more about st Francis
Saint Thomas Aquinas
G.K. Chesterton's brilliant sketch of the life and thought of Thomas Aquinas is as relevant today as when it was published in 1933. Then, it earned the praise of such distinguished writers as Etienne Gilson, Jacques Maritain, and Anton Pegis as the best book ever written on the great thirteenth-century Dominican. Today, Chesteron's classic stands poised to reveal Thomas to a new generation.
St Thomas more
Thomas More was born in London in 1478. He attended Oxford University and practised law in London. After the death of his first wife, Thomas married Alice Middleton who cared for his four small children. In the autumn of 1529 Thomas succeeded Cardinal Wolsey as Lord Chancellor of England. Thomas disagreed with King Henry on the question of the King dissolving his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Within two years Thomas resigned as Lord Chancellor and retired from public life. In 1534 Parliament passed the Act of Supremacy making the King head of the English Church. Thomas was asked to subscribe to the oath, he refused and was charged with high treason. After a year in prison in the Tower of London he stood trial at Westminster Hall. On July 6, 1535 Thomas was executed on Tower Hill in London.
In Saints Preserved: An Encyclopedia of Relics, author Thomas J Craughwell takes us on an exhilarating journey through the life and death of more than three hundred saints and along the way enlightens us about the sometimes strange bits and pieces that the saint left behind.