Lourdes body and spirit in the secular age ruth harris on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers lourdes was at the very center of 19th century debates on religion science and medicine both the church and secularists championed the miracle town as crucial in shaping how society should think about the mind. At the heart of this majestic and complex book is a simple story engagingly recounted by the author on 11 february 1855 bernadette soubirous a young pyrenean shepherdess together with her sister toinette and a friend jeanne abadie was instructed by her impoverished mother to go out and search for tinder for the stove p3. 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 shrines . With the publication of ruth harris lourdes body and spirit in the secular age the famous shrine in the french pyrenees has a book worthy of its remarkable history many people including non catholics have some sense of lourdes derived for the most part from pious and journalistic accounts. Lourdes body and spirit in the secular age user review kirkus an exhaustive history of the most famous shrine in the catholic world carefully researched and skillfully narrated by oxford historian harris murders and madness not reviewed who sees lourdes as
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