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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: Eugene Hynes
Publication Year: Softback 2009
Pages: 388
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781859184639
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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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Hynes s book is certain to be one of the standard June 16, 2011
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 June 16, 2011
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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is perhaps the single best book ever written about June 16, 2011
Reviewer: Kerby Miller University of Missouri from Republic of Ireland  
is perhaps the single best book ever written about the social and cultural dynamics of rural Ireland  with enormous implications for  and multiple cross references to  the multiple and conflicting consequences of what used to be called   modernization  in a host of similar  developing  societies .

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This is a perceptive and well written book that gi June 16, 2011
Reviewer: Rene Kollar Journal of British Studies from Republic of Ireland  
This is a perceptive and well written book that gives the readers a new insight into the Knock apparition.

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Eugene Hynes study of the apparition of the Virgi June 16, 2011
Reviewer: Carole M. Cusak Australasian Journal of Irish Stu from Republic of Ireland  
Eugene Hynes  study of the apparition of the Virgin Mary at Knock County Mayo  in 1879 is a valuable contribution to the field of academic studies of Marian apparitions in the modern world. This is an important book that should attract a wide readership. Hynes is an academic sociologist  but he writes in a clear and generally jargon free manner.

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