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Description - Lourdes by Ruth Harris

Lourdes was at the very centre of nineteenth 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, body and spirit. Since the 'visions' of Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 transformed the quiet Pyrenean town into an international tourist and pilgrimage destination, it has been a site for controversy.

In her well-crafted and carefully researched book, Harris deftly places Lourdes and its attendant spiritual movement firmly at the centre of French history and shows its significance in the country's development.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141038483
ISBN-10: 0141038489
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 21mm)
Pages: 496
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ruth Harris

Ruth Harris is Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at New College, Oxford.

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