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In this well-written and imaginatively structured book, Carol E. Harrison brings to life a cohort of nineteenth-century French men and women who argued that a reformed Catholicism could reconcile the divisions in French culture and society that were the legacy of revolution and empire. They include, most prominently, Charles de Montalembert, Pauline Craven, Amélie and Frédéric Ozanam, Léopoldine Hugo, Maurice de Guérin, and Victorine Monniot. The men and women whose stories appear in Romantic Catholics were bound together by filial love, friendship, and in some cases marriage. Harrison draws on their diaries, letters, and published works to construct a portrait of a generation linked by a determination to live their faith in a modern world.

Rejecting both the atomizing force of revolutionary liberalism and the increasing intransigence of the church hierarchy, the romantic Catholics advocated a middle way, in which a revitalized Catholic faith and liberty formed the basis for modern society. Harrison traces the history of nineteenth-century France and, in parallel, the life course of these individuals as they grow up, learn independence, and take on the responsibilities and disappointments of adulthood. Although the shared goals of the romantic Catholics were never realized in French politics and culture, Harrison's work offers a significant corrective to the traditional understanding of the opposition between religion and the secular republican tradition in France.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-27
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  1. Chapter 1: First Communion
  2. pp. 28-65
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  1. Chapter 2: The Education of Maurice de Guérin
  2. pp. 66-102
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  1. Chapter 3: The Dilemma of Obedience
  2. pp. 103-148
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  1. Chapter 4: Pauline Craven’s Holy Family
  2. pp. 149-186
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  1. Chapter 5: Frédéric and Amélie Ozanam
  2. pp. 187-235
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  1. Chapter 6: A Free Church in a Free State
  2. pp. 236-275
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 276-298
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 299-320
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 321-328
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780801470592
Related ISBN
9780801452451
MARC Record
OCLC
870273112
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2014-05-07
Language
English
Open Access
No
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