To Quell the Terror: The Mystery of the Vocation of the Sixteen Carmelites of Compiègne Guillotined July 17, 1794

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ICS Publications, 1999 - History - 243 pages
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By William Bush (Professor Emeritus of
French Literature at the University of
Western Ontario). Recounts the dramatic
true story of the Discalced Carmelite
nuns of Compiègne, martyred during the
French Revolution's "Great Terror," and
known to the world through their
fictional representation in Gertrud von
Le Fort's Song at the Scaffold and
Francis Poulenc's Dialogues of the
Carmelites. Includes index and 15 photos.

At the height of the French Revolution's
"Great Terror," a community of sixteen
Carmelite nuns from Compiègne offered
their lives to restore peace to the
church and to France. Ten days after
their deaths by the guillotine,
Robespierre fell, and with his exectuion
on the same scaffold the Reign of Terror
effectively ended. Had God thus accepted
and used the Carmelites' generous
self-gift?

Through Gertrud von Le Fort's modern
novella, Song at the Scaffold, and
Francis Poulenc's famed opera, Dialogues
of the Carmelites, (with its libretto
by Georges Bernanos), modern audiences
around the world have become captivated
by the mysterious destiny of these
Compiègne martyrs, Blessed Teresa of
St. Augustine and her companions. Now,
for the first time in English,
William Bush explores at length the
facts behind the fictional
representations, and reflects on their
spiritual significance. Based on years
of research, this book recounts in
lively detail virtually all that is known
of the life and background of each of the
martyrs, as well as the troubled times
in which they lived. The Compiègne
Carmelites, sustained by their remarkable
prioress, emerge as distinct individuals,
struggling as Christians to understand
and respond to an awesome calling, relying
not on their own strength but on the mercy
of God and the guiding hand of Providence.

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Review: To Quell the Terror: The Mystery of the Vocation of the Sixteen Carmelites of Compiegne Guillotined July 17, 1794

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This is an inspiring and fact-packed book. The confusing element is how the author keeps switching back and forth between the nuns' religious names and their birth names. Read full review

Review: To Quell the Terror: The Mystery of the Vocation of the Sixteen Carmelites of Compiegne Guillotined July 17, 1794

User Review  - Goodreads

This is an inspiring and fact-packed book. The confusing element is how the author keeps switching back and forth between the nuns' religious names and their birth names. Read full review

Contents

The Legacy of LouiseMarie of France
17
HI Madame Lidoine
39
The Last Prioress and the Last Novice Class
55
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

William Bush is a visiting assistant professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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