Review by Choice Review
Some dictionaries of saints are limited by space concerns. That is not the case with Walsh's dictionary, whose girth indicates that it strives for comprehensiveness. Among those currently on the market, this dictionary distinguishes itself through brief entries for both Western and Eastern saints across Christian religious traditions. Nearly 7,000 are listed. Each entry provides basic biographical data and the feast day. Often, particularly with more famous saints, Walsh (formerly, Liverpool Hope Univ.) includes some distinction in the vitae. Individual entries rarely exceed a half column in length (a rule inviolate even for St. Francis of Assisi or St. Ignatius of Loyola). The volume has the merit of easy cross-referencing through the inclusion of names in bold print, e.g., the entry for Helen also refers readers to Constantine. The volume does not pretend to include a complete list of saints. Unfortunately, it includes no entry for St. Peter the Apostle--a glaring omission since the various cross-references directing readers to See St. Peter lead nowhere. There are, however, 123 other entries under the name Peter (e.g., St. Peter the hermit, Peter Damien). This volume is suitable for research libraries and scholars' bookshelves. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. P. J. Hayes St. John's University
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