I find current accounts of the early church very interesting. I also feel certain that modern hagiographies are much more accurate than those produces during the Medieval times.
I feel like now, when someone puts together a hagiographic work like this, it's a scholarly work. It's not meant to be propaganda, but rather to tell the truth about historical occurrences. The people who write them usually have PhD's and do extensive research about their subjects. They include references and a bibliography. I know you couldn't find that in a Medieval hagiography!