Bernadette of Lourdes Her life, death and visions: new anniversary edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2008-11-18
  • Publisher: Burns & Oates
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This is a new edition of Therese Taylor's scholarly biography of Bernadette Soubirous, published to mark the 150th Anniversary of Bernadette's visions at the grotto in Lourdes. Therese Taylor explains who Bernadette was, and how she lived and died but takes no position on whether or not her visions were genuine. This story begins in Bernadette's native country of the Pyrenees, a mountain region haunted by tales of fairies, witches and miraculous groves and springs. It follows Bernadette's astonishing life story, from her family circle, through her years of fame, to her retirement at the convent of St Gildard at Nevers. Her difficult relationships with the historians of Lourdes and her lengthy terminal illness are also considered.

Author Biography

Therese Taylor teaches history at Charles Sturt University, Australia. She works in the fields of biography, social history, and studies of women's lives

Table of Contents

List of Platesp. vii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Lourdes: The Making of a Shrine
Like Any Town: Lourdes Before the Apparitionsp. 11
An Ignorant Young Girl: The Childhood of Bernadette, 1844-1858p. 35
The Fortnight: Daily Visions from 18 February to 4 March 1858p. 77
So Many Extraordinary Things: Miracles in Lourdes, 1858p. 102
The Spirit of Resistance: Lourdes, May to September 1858p. 127
For the Sake of Religious Enlightenment: The Episcopal Mandate, 1858-1866p. 149
'What Will You Become?': The Education of Bernadette, 1860-1866p. 167
Nevers: The Afterlife of a Visionary
'Dedication to Perfection' Life, Work and Death among the Soeurs de Neversp. 203
'I Have Come Here to Hide Myself': Life in the Novitiate, 1866-1867p. 229
'Watching Over the Sentiments of My Heart': Religious Life at St Gildardp. 256
Silence of the Self: Bernadette as a Sister of Neversp. 274
Atrocious Sufferings: The Deathbed, 1875-1879p. 299
Conclusionp. 336
Bibliographyp. 345
Indexp. 355
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