Title Marpingen: Apparitions Of The Virgin Mary In Nineteenth-century Germany.
Book Condition Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition.
Edition First American Edition.
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 1994.
0679418431 / 9780679418436
Seller ID 31423X1
In a riveting work of historical research, David Blackbourn brings to light the period surrounding the days in July 1876 when three young girls claimed to have sighted the Virgin Mary in the fields outside the German town of Marpingen. As journalists, priests, and sellers of pious memorabilia descended on Marpingen, the sleepy town rapidly metamorphosed into a cause celebre, with supporters and opponents referring to it as "the German Lourdes," and even "the Bethlehem of Germany." "It is an undeniable fact that the whole world is talking about Marpingen," wrote one sympathetic commentator. "Marpingen has become the center of events that have shaken the world,"suggested another. Tens of thousands of pilgrims flocked to the town, prompting numerous claims of miraculous cures -- as well as military intervention, the dispatch of an undercover detective, parliamentary debate, and a dramatic trial. Includes an Index.
(Key Words: Germany, Apparition, Virgin Mary, Marpingen, Trier, Teachers, Science, Press, David Blackbourn, Politics, France, Catholic Church, Agriculture).