Lourdes

Lourdes

by Ruth Harris
     
 


Lourdes was at the very center of 19th century debates on religion, science, and medicine. Both the Church and secularists championed the "miracle" town as crucial in shaping how society should think about the mind, body, and spirit. Since the "visions" of Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 transformed the quiet Pyrenean town into an international… See more details below

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Lourdes was at the very center of 19th century debates on religion, science, and medicine. Both the Church and secularists championed the "miracle" town as crucial in shaping how society should think about the mind, body, and spirit. Since the "visions" of Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 transformed the quiet Pyrenean town into an international tourist and pilgrimage destination, it has been a site for controversy. In her well-crafted and carefully researched book, Harris deftly places Lourdes and its attendant spiritual movement firmly at the center of French history and shows its significance in the country’s development.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141038483
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/17/2008
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
1,530,679
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsviii
Prefacexiii
Acknowledgementsxix
Part One The Lourdes of the Apparitions
Introduction3
1 Town, Region, Family23
2 The Apparitions and Their Interpretation55
3 After-visions: Cultists and Seers83
4 The Bishop, the Nanny and the Journalist: Lourdes
Emerges on to the National Scene110
5 Bernadette136
Part Two The Lourdes of Pilgrimage
Prologue169
6 The Battle of the Books177
7 The Assumption and the Foundations of Pilgrimage210
8 The Past, the Present and the Rituals of Modern
Pilgrimage246
9 The Cures288
10 Religion and Science in the Third Republic320
Epilogue357
Notes367
Dramatis Personae429
Bibliography432
Index458

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