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France and the Cult of the Sacred HeartAn Epic Tale for Modern Times$
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Raymond Jonas

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520221369

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520221369.001.0001

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An Epic Tale for Modern Times

An Epic Tale for Modern Times

An Introduction

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France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart

Raymond Jonas

University of California Press

This chapter introduces the Sacred Heart of Jesus, or the Sacré-Coeur, a religious order that dates back to the reign of King Louis XIV. It begins with a narration of the author's visit to the basilica of the Sacré-Coeur, which led to his research on the subject. The chapter introduces Marguerite-Marie Alacoque, who was an important visionary, and the entry of the Sacred Heart of Jesus into French political culture. It notes that this event coincided with another important historical event: the French Revolution. The discussion also looks at the Jesuit order, the critical discourse of the Sacré-Coeur, the start of construction of the basilica, and the people's devotion to the Sacré-Coeur. It reveals that the Sacred Heart emblem still retained some of its former symbolic power during the late twentieth century.

Keywords:   Sacré-Coeur, Marguerite-Marie Alacoque, political culture, French Revolution, Jesuit order, Sacred Heart

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