[Reading] ➲ Lourdes: Body and Spirit in the Secular Age ➺ Ruth Harris – Writerscompany.co.uk

Lourdes: Body and Spirit in the Secular Age In 1858 Near The Tiny French Town Of Lourdes, A Young Peasant Girl Named Bernadette Soubirous Witnessed The Virgin Mary In A Grotto Since Then Lourdes Has Become The Most Visited Shrine In The World, Hosting Nearly Five Million Pilgrims Each Year Historian Ruth Harris Traces This Shrine S Incredible Development, Placing Lourdes At The Center Of Nineteenth Century Debates On Religion, Science, And Medicine That Still Continue Today She Examines The Pivotal Role Of Women And Children As Visionaries, Devotees, And Advocates, Addressing Issues Of Mysticism And Nonorthodox Faith That Speak To Our Own Era Of Spirituality Above All, She Explores How, At A Moment In French History When The Catholic Church Was Under Attack, This Place Of Pilgrimage Improbably Prospered.


About the Author: Ruth Harris

Dr Ruth Harris is a Lecturer in History at Oxford University Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.



10 thoughts on “Lourdes: Body and Spirit in the Secular Age

  1. says:

    Ms Harris tells the story of the wonderous events in the small town of Lourdes, and relates them to the history of France in the second half of the 19th Century Her approach is to tell the story of the events through the lives of the people involved To do so she quotes from letters and diaries as well as official records In order to write in such depth, she must have read everything ever wr


  2. says:

    Fascinating and well written Harris is an agnostic Jew interesting factoid Franz Werfel, who wrote The Song of Bernadette was also Jewish , and is a Fellow of New College, Oxford She flatly states that it is not possible to decide if Bernadette Soubirous actually saw the Virgin Mary at what became the pilgrimage center However, she is drawn to the young girl and her exper


  3. says:

    Salut les Francais Vous devez absolument lire ce livre qui demontre clairement que les historiens anglophones comprenent mieux l histoire de la France que les historiens francais Le cote positive du medaille, c est que les anglais semblent mieux aimer la France que vos propres erudits.Mme Harris est une juive mecreente qui approuve entierement le phenomene Lourdes Elle pose la question A quoi s


  4. says:

    Harris also puts Lourdes in the context of French political history, and notes how pilgrimages increased after France s defeat in the Franco Prussian war of 1870 71 Now people came to the shrine not just to pray for themselve...


  5. says:

    Ruth Harris started off as a sceptic about the miracles of Lourdes but she brings out the constancy of Bernadette s witness in the face of enormous pressure Harris describes the political and social contex...


  6. says:

    I did not give up on this though I was tempted now and then The narrative puts the happenings at Lourdes into the religious and political context of 19th century France and maybe that cast the net a bit wider than I had expected Sturdy and t...


  7. says:

    Okay, so I had to read this for grad school but I was really moved by it Recommended for the formerly Catholic or those bemused by religious fervor in modern society


  8. says:

    An impressively thorough and unbiased work.


  9. says:

    An even handed depiction of how the miracle of St Bernadette at Lourdes was both a product of its time and place, but also how it shaped the Assumptionist movement in France Harris does not shy away from the miracle s place in French politics, including illuminating political cartoons and details of the role of mass media in the creation of one of the world s most popular healing sites She also addresses i


  10. says:

    Taking the Lourdes site and the original visions supposedly seen there in 1855, Harris uses this as a microcosm to tell us a lot about emerging civic and patriotic identities in France, raises questions of science versus religion in the age of modernisation, and the question of faith...


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