Fabiola or The Church of the Catacombs


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A limited edition paperback reprint of a classic Catholic novel from the 19th century.

A historical picture of the early church in pagan Rome, illustrating the glories of the Christian martyrs as exemplified in the lives of the fair young Virgin, St. Agnes; the heroic soldier, St. Sebastian; the devoted youth, St. Pancratius; etc. This volume is not historical, rather it consists of a series of pictures than of a narrative of events. Richly illustrated with over 66 illustrations, some of which are from original drawings by Joseph Blanc.

About the author: Nicholas Cardinal Wiseman (b. 1802, d. 1865) was the first Archbishop of Westminster, England.

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"It was during a visit to Rome in 1853 that Wiseman projected, and commenced to execute, the writing of by far the most popular book that came from his versatile pen — the beautiful romance of "Fabiola", which was meant to be the first of a series of tales illustrative of different periods of the Church's life. The book appeared at the end of 1854, and its success was immediate and phenomenal. Translations of it were published in almost every European language, and the most eminent scholars of the day were unanimous in its praise."

– from the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia