Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

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

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

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

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BUSH, WILLIAM. To Quell the Terror: The Mystery of the Vocation of the Sixteen Carmelites of Compiegne Guillotined July 17, 1794. (Washington, D.C.: Institute of Carmelite Studies. 1999. Pp. xxiv, 243. $11.95 paperback.)

In To Quell the Terror, William Bush describes the impact of the French Revolution on the sixteen Carmelite nuns of Compiegne. Under the leadership of the prioress, Madame Lidoine, the nuns confronted the Terror and their execution with an inner fortitude based on their unshakable Christian faith. Bush details the nuns' final days and puts a human face on the Terror that statistical and socio-economic analysis lacks.

However admirable this contribution may be, Bush's thesis is untenable. He argues that the nuns became aware of the inevitability of their execution in 1792. The nuns interpreted their impending deaths as a sacrifice to preserve France and the French Church from further persecution at the hands of the Revolution. He concludes that the immolation of the nuns on July 17, 1794, caused the end of the Terror ten days later. …

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