Voyage Comics invites readers to immerse themselves in The Book of Saints and Heroes, “in a collection of legendary tales in which saints fought dragons, conversed with centaurs, and healed restless beasts.”
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This book, Voyage explains, is part of a new line of theirs called Voyage Classics, which reprints lost classic stories that have entered the public domain.
“We will be reprinting many entertaining and inspiring books that are currently in the public domain,” they say in their campaign. “Our editions of these books will feature original illustrations and new typesetting to bring these classics to new audiences.”
Voyage funds TBOSAH through a special crowdfunding campaign based on pre-orders. Everyone supports the first issue and guarantees the buyer a copy “regardless of whether we meet the campaign goal or not”. The book is “almost ready” and will ship in August, they assure.
“Medieval Christians were skilled storytellers who illustrated profound spiritual truths through exciting legends that captured the imagination,” the campaign reads. “They greatly admired the saints and heroes who walked among them, and preserved their memory in stories that are difficult to forget.”
Among the tales of saints and heroes included in the tome are that of St George and the Dragon, where he rescues a princess who was being sacrificed, the account of Ireland’s St Columba, who killed the Loch Ness Monster to the famous lake in Scotland, St. Francis of Assisi taming the wolf of Gubbio, and St. Jerome removing the thorn from the lion’s paw.
Voyage also hopes readers will “marvel at the holiness and extraordinary charity of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Margaret of Scotland, and St. Vincent de Paul… Gather the whole family to read these remarkable legends and draw inspiration from saints.” let those who weren’t afraid to live a heroic life.”
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The Book of Saints and Heroes also recounts the voyages of St. Paul the Hermit and St. Anthony the Great through the deserts of Egypt in the third and fourth centuries, as well as many more of the history and teachings of the Catholic faith.
The content comes from the collection of works by the Victorian-Scottish writer and historian Andrew Lang together with his wife Leonora who, although not a Christian, published a book on medieval saints and heroes.
Although the stories are intended to be read to children and are popular in the home school setting, all ages are encouraged to be a part of the miracle. “We all need to inspire a sense of wonder within ourselves, and these legends can even help adults achieve that,” Voyage said.
Lang and his wife were also known for the colour-coded Fairy Book series, a favorite of JRR Tolkien. If you’re a fan of his and The Lord of the Rings let us know if you’ll be picking up your copy of The Books of Saints and Heroes.
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