BOOKS ONLINE Lourdes Body and Spirit in the Secular Age BY Ruth Harris – surreycoltscricket.co.uk
Uts the happenings at Lourdes into the religious and POLITICAL CONTEXT OF 19TH CENTURY FRANCE AND MAYBE THAT context of 19th century France and maybe that the net a bit wider than I had expected Sturdy and thorough yet it never crossed the threshold into an enjoyable read for me Ms Harris tells the story of the wonderous events in the small town of Lourdes and relates them to the history of France in the second half of the 19th Century Her approach is to tell the story of the 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 read everything ever written during this period about Lourdes Between the Notes and the Bibliography at the end of the book is a 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 in 19th Century France and will be of great to anyon. Visions of the Virgin Mary to his evolution into an important pilgrimage site Reprint.
Ruth Harris î 9 Review
An interesting socio political historical account to the famous Marian Shrine An impressively and unbiased work Ruth
"Harris started off as a sceptic about the of Lourdes but she brings out "started off as a sceptic about the miracles of Lourdes but she brings out constancy of Bernadette s witness in the face of enormous pressure Harris describes the pol 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 if Bernadette Soubirous saw the Virgin Mary at what became the pilgrimage center However she is drawn to the young girl and her experience 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 story Okay. An in depth history of the world's most famous healing shrine traces the dramatic infl.