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The Society of the Sacred Heart in 19th century France, 1800-1865
The Society of the Sacred Heart in 19th century France, 1800-1865

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Authors: Phil Kilroy
Publication Year: Hardback May 2012
Pages: 260
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781859184998


In the wake of the Counter Reformation and more intensely after the French Revolution, religious communities of women sprang up with astonishing rapidity in France. Today their form of life is coming to an end, at least in Europe, and it is the culmination of more than three hundred years of religious life, which provided companionship for women and enabled them contribute effective social activity in society. Such a phenomenon invites analysis, both of the origins and the motivations for such an upsurge of women's communities.

The aim of this book is to bring together aspects of the private and public life of members of the Society of the Sacred Heart in 19th century France by using the extensive community and personal archives of the Society, as well as the collection of 14,000 letters of Madeleine Sophie Barat. By combining rigorous research and writing within the perspective of women's history, the lives and achievements, the successes and failures, of these French women are shifted out of hagiography into history. This book is unique. It breaks with the tradition of religious hagiography so prevalent when writing the history of religious women in the Catholic Church. It addresses the complexity of their personal/ community lives along with their public contribution to society.

Phil Kilroy lives in Dublin, and is the author of Madeleine Sophie Barat. A Life (Cork University Press, 2000)

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5 of 5 The Society of the Sacred Heart in 19th century Fr May 21, 2014
Reviewer: Journal of Ecclesiastical History from UK  
In this sparkling and carefully researched book, Phil Kilroy presents fresh insights into the Society of the Sacred Heart, a community of women religious founded in France in 1800. Kilroy has previously published a most successful biography of the Society's founder and leader, Madeleine Sophie Barat (Cork University Press, 2000). Kilroys excellent essay on medical biography will be of special interest ... it is just one of the reasons why this original and fascinating book seems certain to attract a wide readership.

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