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The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- University of California Press
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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.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|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
List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsThe Great War in the European ImaginationMiracle or “Miracle?”Carnal Vision and Saintly AmbitionSpiritual Patronage and a Mission to Save FranceSilent Eruptions: Claire and Her PublicIn the Footsteps of JoanA Kind of Apotheosis: Claire Goes to ParisThe Sacred Heart and the Union Sacrée: Claire’s Story Goes PublicConsecration by ProxyThe UnravelingThe Unmaking of a SaintPrologue as Epilogue: The Story of JonasNotesBibliographyIndex