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Fire  free pdf Boston locals still call a particular hill overlooking the harbor "nunnery grounds", but the details of the convent's tragic demise have been obscured for over a century. Nancy Schultz lifts the veil of history from this forgotten story, brilliantly illuminating the tensions that roiled the young republic following the Revolutionary War. From its founding in 1826, the convent on Mt. Benedict had been rumored to conceal physical and sexual abuse of nuns and female boarding students within its walls. But in 1832, Rebecca Theresa Reed allegedly escaped and wrote a bestselling tale of women held there against their wills and subjected to cruel treatment by convent authorities. A series of anti- Catholic lectures by the Reverend Lyman Beecher (the father of Harriet Beecher Stowe) stoked existing fears of a papal plot and indecent acts and lead to a riot during which a drunken mob burnt the convent to the ground. The valiant Mother Superior led her nuns and students to safety, but it was the arsonists' ringleader who became a local folk hero. Based on years of painstaking archival research, Fire and Roses offers a gripping tale of violence and redemption, from an era when anti-papist diatribes were the stuff of standing-room-only lectures- independent, educated women were feared and reviled- and a new nation was struggling with its own identity.

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Author : Nancy Lusignan Schultz
Publisher : Free Press
Data Published : 17 October 2000
ISBN : 555106901X
EAN : 9785551069010
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 336 pages
Age + : 0-1 years
Language : English
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