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Knock: The Virgin's Apparition in Nineteenth- Century Ireland
Knock: The Virgin's Apparition in Nineteenth- Century Ireland


 
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Authors: Eugene Hynes
Affiliation: Kettering University USA
Publication Year: Hardback 2008
Pages: 388
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781859184400
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Co-winner of the tenth annual James S. Donnelly, Sr. award for Books in History and the Social Sciences presented by the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS)

In 1879 local people reported an apparition of the Virgin Mary and other supernatural personages at Knock, a poor rural village in western Ireland. In contrast to devotional or dismissive accounts, the author draws on both insiders' views and his training as a sociologist to show how the apparition was related to the local social context including economic, cultural, religious, political and historical dimensions.

Drawing on new and neglected sources of evidence, Hynes pays particular attention to the individuals most directly involved including the seers, local clergy, Land League activists, various promoters, and others. The author looks through participants' eyes as much as possible. To understand what those eyes saw, the book examines the local scene for half a century before the apparition. His deep knowledge of the local context enables the author to develop understandings of key persons and events before and around the apparition. Using the Knock case, the author challenges usually accepted explanations of changes in nineteenth-century Irish Catholicism.

The book is important for those interested in the links between official and local religion especially in Irish Catholicism, for students of apparitions generally, for anyone interested in bottom-up approaches to social and cultural history, and especially for students of nineteenth-century Ireland.


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meticulously researched well argued and captivat June 16, 2011
Reviewer: History: Revie from Republic of Ireland  
meticulously researched  well argued  and captivating

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essential reading for students of Irish history an June 16, 2011
Reviewer: Victorian Studies Winter 2011. from Republic of Ireland  
essential reading for students of Irish history and culture. . .  Those interested in the apparition  in popular religion in Ireland  and in religious experience in general  should begin with Knock

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a most accessible penetrating and enriching study June 16, 2011
Reviewer: Irish Historical Studies 2010 from Republic of Ireland  
a most accessible  penetrating and enriching study.  . .  it is a work of the highest importance

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Hynes s book is certain to be one of the standard December 21, 2009
Reviewer: James Joyce Literary Supplement from Republic of Ireland  
Hynes s book is certain to be one of the standard resources for nineteenth century Irish history

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Hynes s reconstruction of nineteenth century Knock October 16, 2009
Reviewer: The Catholic Historical Review from Republic of Ireland  
Hynes s reconstruction of nineteenth century Knock is exemplary in its intellectual daring and the depth of evidence deployed  and his discussion of how the seers  accounts were reshaped when recorded by clerical investigators who assumed the authenticity of the vision they were supposed to be  investigating is very challenging.

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