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The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War / Edition 1

The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War / Edition 1

by Raymond JonasRaymond Jonas


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This is the moving and improbable story of Claire Ferchaud, a young French shepherdess who had visions of Jesus and gained national fame as a modern-day Joan of Arc at the height of World War I. Claire experienced her first vision after a childhood trauma in which her mother locked her in a closet to break her stubborn willfulness. She developed her visionary gifts with the aid of spiritual directors and, by the age of twenty, she had come to believe that Jesus wanted France consecrated to the Sacred Heart. Claire believed that if France undertook this devotion, symbolized by adding the image of the Sacred Heart to the French flag, it would enjoy rapid victory in the war. From her modest origins to her spectacular ascent, Claire's life and times are deftly related with literary verve and insight in a book that gives a rare view of the French countryside during the Great War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520242999
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 03/14/2005
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 231
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Raymond Jonas, Professor of History at the University of Washington, is the author of France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart: An Epic Tale for Modern Times (California, 2000), Industry and Politics in Rural France: Peasants of the Isère, 1870-1914 (1994), and Le Sacré-Coeur; histoire d'une dévotion du XVIe au XXe siècle (2004).

Table of Contents

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The Great War in the European Imagination
Miracle or “Miracle?”
Carnal Vision and Saintly Ambition
Spiritual Patronage and a Mission to Save France
Silent Eruptions: Claire and Her Public
In the Footsteps of Joan
A Kind of Apotheosis: Claire Goes to Paris
The Sacred Heart and the Union Sacrée: Claire’s Story Goes Public
Consecration by Proxy
The Unraveling
The Unmaking of a Saint
Prologue as Epilogue: The Story of Jonas


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