Marpingen

Marpingen : Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Bismarckian Germany

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In July 1876, three eight-year-old girls from Marpingen, a village in the west German border region of the Saarland, claimed to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Their visions attracted tens of thousands of pilgrims and prompted numerous claims of miraculous cures. They also led to military intervention, the dispatching of an undercover detective, parliamentary debate, and a dramatic trial. This study examines an episode that contemporaries dubbed the "German Lourdes", its background, and its repercussions. David Blackbourn sets out to recreate the Catholic world of Bismarckian Germany through a detailed analysis of the changing social, economic and community structures in which it was embedded, and a sensitive account of popular religious beliefs. He evokes the crisis-laden atmosphere of the 1870s, and offers an interpretation of the interplay between politics and religion in newly unified Germany.show more

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  • Paperback | 460 pages
  • 130 x 195mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 3 maps, bibliography
  • 0192853112
  • 9780192853110