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and her spoke using a Harris also contrasts the figure of Bernadette poor ignorant not French she and her vision spoke using a peculiar to the region with the bourgeois Therese Martin ie St Therese of Lisieux I did wonder why the figure #Of Joan Of Arc Also An Uneducated French Shepherdess Never #Joan of Arc also an uneducated French shepherdess never came up in the book These three girls are the great saints of FranceHarris nds her book though with this sentence For despite the attempts by some to romanticize by others to politicize and by still to medicalize throughout the history of Lourdes there has always remained one fixed point the ssential image of a young poverty stricken and sickly girl kneeling in cstasy in a muddy grotto Ruth Harris started off as a sceptic about the miracles of Lourdes but she brings out the constancy of Bernadette s witness in the face of normous pressure Harris describes the political and social context and brings out some disturbing links between Catholicism and anti semitismWell written and very informative An impressively thorough and unbiased work An interesting socio political historical account to the famous Marian Shrine Harris also puts Lourdes in the context of French political history and notes how pilgrimages increased after France s defeat in the Franco Prussian war of 1870 71 Now people came to the shrine not just to pray for themselves but for their nation as a whole The number of sick people making the pilgrimage increased once the trains began traveling to Lourdes The asier it was to make the journey the often people who were suffering physical pain decided to go See my full review here Okay so I had to read this for grad school but I was really moved by it Recommended for the formerly Catholic or those bemused by religious fervor in modern society This is a very interesting read for someone like myself who grew up Catholic and is now simultaneously interested in Catholic history and French history Harris does a really great job presenting information in a non biased way and presenting all sides of the stor. Visions of the Virgin Mary to his volution into an important pilgrimage site Reprint. ,she and her
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IN THE SMALL TOWN OF LOURDES AND RELATES THEMthe small town of Lourdes and relates them the history of France in the second half of the 19th Century Her approach is to tell the story of the Winner Takes All events through the lives of the people involved To do so she uotes from letters and diaries as well as official records In order to write in such depth she must have readverything ver written during this period about Lourdes Between #the Notes and the Bibliography at the nd of the book is #Notes and the Bibliography at the nd of the book is three page Dramatis Personae listing all the major people associated with the shrine Not just for Catholics the book devotes many pages to the role of women in 19th Century France and will be of great interest to anyone wanting to know about women s rights in France It anyone wanting to know about women s rights in France It also a must read for people interested in French social history She also looks into the relationaship of anti Semitism to the Catholic piety of the time People are never presented two dimensionally to represent the ideals or concepts they championed Ms Harris treats the people she writes about with respect and intelligence As for Bernadette s vision and the miracles she tells what is known and she knows a lot and the reactions they caused without taking a stand one way or the other herself Truly a great work of historical writing I did not give up on this though I was tempted now and then The narrative puts the happenings at Lourdes into the religious and political context of 19th century France and maybe that cast the net a bit wider than I had xpected Sturdy and thorough yet it never crossed the threshold into an Caleb the Overcomer enjoyable read for me I was specifically interested in the pre Christian folklore of the regionspecially in relation to the connection between xisting an Fascinating and well written Harris is an agnostic Jew interesting factoid Franz Werfel who wrote The Song of Bernadette was also Jewish and is a Fellow of New College Oxford She flatly states that it is not possible to decide if Bernadette Soubirous actually saw the Virgin Mary at what became the pilgrimage center However she is dra. An in depth history of the world's most famous healing shrine traces the dramatic infl. Wn to the young girl and her xperience particularly admiring the way in which the 14 year old uneducated Bernadette dealt with the aftermath of her apparitionsHarris takes the reader from the initial visions in 1858 to the ve of World War I the reader from the initial visions in 1858 to the ve of World War I The Building Accounts of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 1517-18 examines the role of the Church hierarchy Imperial and Republican France peasant piety and Pyreneean traditions in the formation of the shrine Harris does not gloss over the shameful tradition of anti Semitism that permeated 19th and 20th century French Catholicism along with legitimist politics But she demonstrates that the uglier side of religion was subsumed at Lourdes into thexperience of aiding the sick People united across social classes to ferry the maladies from the trains to feed them to bathe them to care for their physical and spiritual needs Harris also But That I Cant Believe! examines the physicalffects of suffering upon self definition She is Grange-Enders especially interesting here as she tends to reject the late 19th century rationalxplanation of the cures as simply the power of suggestion There is also a substantial discussion of the role that women played both within and without the development of the pilgrimage site Moreover Harris provides a much broader understanding as to the definition of cure as it was only in the 1880s that these became subject to medical verification She aptly points out that by allowing the Boku Loli! 2 existence of a Medical Examination Board the Church surrendered part of her power to scienceBernadette herself removed rather uickly from the Lourdes phenomenon as she left her home village in 1865 never to return Prior to thentrance into a convent at Nevers Bernadette had been separated from her village for long stretches of time limited in the contact allowed with her family She died young after an uneventful afterlife as a nun perfectly willing to speak about the apparitions if asked but never bringing them up herself It was in the interests of the Church to focus the pilgrims upon the Virgin herself rather than the visionary and Bernadette contrary to the behaviors of others in similar positions that Harris de. Uence of Lourdes on the Catholic Church and its faith from Bernadette Soubirous's 1858.