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France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart: An Epic Tale for Modern Times

Raymond Jonas


This book tells the little-known story of the Sacré-Coeur, or Sacred Heart. The highest point in Paris and a celebrated tourist destination, the white-domed basilica of Sacré-Coeur on Montmartre is a key monument both to French Catholicism and to French national identity. The book reconstructs the history of the devotion responsible for the basilica, beginning with the apparition of the Sacred Heart to Marguerite Marie Alacoque in the seventeenth century, through the French Revolution and its aftermath, to the construction of the monumental church that has loomed over Paris since the end of th ... More

Keywords: Sacré-Coeur, Sacred Heart, Paris, Montmartre, French Catholicism, French national identity, French Revolution, Marseilles, Catholics, French politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520221369
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520221369.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raymond Jonas, author