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Saints behaving badly : the cutthroats, crooks, trollops, con men, and devil-worshippers who became saints

Author: Thomas J Craughwell
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Saints are not born, they are made. And many of vary rough materials indeed. The first book to lay bare the less than saintly behavior of thirty-two venerated holy men and women, it presents the scandalous, spicy, and sleazy detours they took on the road to sainthood.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Miscellanea
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas J Craughwell
ISBN: 0385517203 9780385517201
OCLC Number: 71353520
Description: xii, 190 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: St. Matthew, extortionist --
St. Dismas, thief --
St. Callixtus, embezzler --
St. Hippolytus, antipope --
St. Christopher, servant of the devil --
St. Pelagia, promiscuous actress --
St. Genesius, scoffer --
St. Moses the Ethiopian, cutthroat and gang leader --
St. Fabiola, bigamist --
St. Augustine, heretic and playboy --
St. Alipius, obsessed with blood sports --
St. Patrick, worshipper of false gods --
St. Mary of Egypt, seductress --
St. Columba, warmonger --
St. Olga, mass murderer --
St. Vladimir, fratricide, rapist, and practitioner of human sacrifice --
St. Olaf, Viking --
St. Thomas Becket, hedonist --
St. Francis of Assisi, wastrel --
Blessed Giles of Portugal, Satanist --
St. Margaret of Cortona, rich man's mistress --
Blessed Angela of Foligno, gossip and hedonist --
St. Ignatius of Loyola, egoist --
St. John of God, gambler and drunkard --
St. Camillus de Lellis, cardsharp and con man --
St. Philip Howard, cynic and negligent husband --
St. Peter Claver, dithering novice --
Venerable Matt Talbot, chronic alcoholic.
Responsibility: Thomas J. Craughwell.

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Saints are not born, they are made. And many of vary rough materials indeed. The first book to lay bare the less than saintly behavior of thirty-two venerated holy men and women, it presents the scandalous, spicy, and sleazy detours they took on the road to sainthood.

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