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Héroines de Dieu

· the essay ·

The nineteenth century was the century in which the vitality and courage of women religious exploded, offering the world numerous examples of extraordinary dedication to the Christian message. But these lives are, in large part, now forgotten. On this account therefore the fine book by Agnes Brot and Guillemette de La Borie, Heroines de Dieu. L’epopée XIXè au siècle des Religieuses missionaires (Presses de la Renaissance, 2011) deserves praise. The book reconstructs the profiles of eight French missionaries who go up "to the ends of the world" in order to evangelize, risking dangers and facing great difficulties, but also having some interesting experiences and taking advantage of a freedom of action that lay women of the time never dreamed of achieving. Among the Indians of America, in Africa, Oceania and New Zealand, in the Holy Land and in China, Brazil, nothing could stop their missionary zeal and courage. They are without a doubt a piece of forgotten history of women's emancipation. (@ lucescaraffia)

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