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Christian, William A. 1944-

Overview
Works: 20 works in 144 publications in 2 languages and 5,022 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Folklore  Comparative studies  Pictorial works  Catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, edc
Classifications: BR1027.N36, 209.461
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Most widely held works by William A Christian
Person and God in a Spanish valley by William A Christian( Book )

28 editions published between 1972 and 1989 in English and Spanish and held by 876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Local religion in sixteenth-century Spain by William A Christian( Book )

19 editions published between 1981 and 1991 in English and Spanish and held by 821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Apparitions in late Medieval and Renaissance Spain by William A Christian( Book )

21 editions published between 1981 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visionaries : the Spanish Republic and the reign of Christ by William A Christian( Book )

17 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Spanish and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In June 1931, on a hillside in the Spanish Basque country, two children reported seeing the Virgin Mary. Within weeks, hundreds of seers were attracting tens of thousands of onlookers, and the nightly spectacle gave rise to others in dozens of towns across Spain. Visionaries explores the experience and the larger meaning of this wave of sightings of Mary and the saints which began shortly after Spain became a republic and anticlerical mobs burned religious houses in several cities. Before repression from the government and condemnation from the Vatican finally drove the visionaries into secrecy, more than a million people had visited the original apparition site at Ezkioga." "William Christian writes about two kinds of visionaries and their relation to each other: the seers who had visions of Mary and the saints, and the believers who had a vision for the future which they hoped Mary and the saints would confirm. Together, these visionaries attempted to convince a skeptical world that heavenly beings were appearing on the Iberian peninsula." "Christian immersed himself in the lives of these visionaries, retracing their steps and recreating their world. He spoke with hundreds of witnesses, who led him to caches of vision messages, diaries, clandestine publications, and eloquent photographs in, for example, a clinic in Dijon, a garage in southern France, a cloistered convent in Valladolid, a farm attic in the Basque country, a house in a Catalan mill town, and a chapel in an orange grove in Valencia." "By turns intense, poignant, fierce, and funny, this long-hidden history demonstrates the vital role of the extraordinary in giving voice to a society's hope and anguish. What do people want to learn from heaven that they cannot learn on earth? How are their churches failing them in these needs? How are we affected by seers and the kinds of believers who nudge seers along? How do vision messages converge on certain themes?"--Jacket
Divided island; faction and unity on Saint Pierre by William A Christian( Book )

9 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moving crucifixes in modern Spain by William A Christian( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why are religious visions believed only in certain times and places? In this book William Christian investigates the settings and responses to a series of group visions reported by Spaniards in rural Galicia, Valencia, Cantabria, and Navarre in the early part of this century--the most notable one involving the crucifix at Limpias, where Jesus was first seen agonizing on the cross during a mission service in March of 1919. In light of the social strife and strong anticlerical movements of the period, the author examines how gender and religious politics influenced the experiences of seers and the interpretation of their visions by church officials, journalists, and the public. Christian approaches the story inductively, from the visionaries and the parish to the religious orders, diocesan officials, and Vatican envoys. He places the events in the context of mission dramaturgy and pilgrimages to Lourdes, and shows their ramifications in Italy, Mexico, the United States, France, and Central Europe. Using oral testimony, church archives, local newspaper accounts, and apologetic literature, Christian finds that some observers related the moving crucifixes to a logical, millenarian sequence that included earlier apparitions in France; for others they were divine reactions to national political events; while for many local people they were signs for the establishment of new shrines. His study reveals the preoccupations of ordinary people and how they found expression in religious images
Divine presence in Spain and Western Europe, 1500-1960 : visions, religious images, and photographs by William A Christian( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Addresses the relation of people to divine beings in contemporary and historical communities, as exemplified in three strands: The tradition of visions of mysterious wayfarers in rural Spain, the seeming vivification of religious images - statues, paintings, engravings, and photographs seemingly exuding blood, sweat and tears in Spanish homes and churches throughout Europe in the early modern period and the revival of the phenomenon in the twentieth century. A few selected cases of visions and apparitions are detected and analyzed, including personal interviews with some of the witnesses. Of special interest is the third strand of the book: the transposition of medieval and early modern representations of the relations between humans and the divine into the modern art of photography. Christian presents a pictorial examination of the phenomenon, and comments a large number of religious images, including commercial postcards and family photographs from the first half of past century Europe
La Fiesta en el mundo hispánico( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in Spanish and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Libro de los milagros de la Virgen de Orito by Pedro Ortega Garca( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in Spanish and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trovas y comparsas del Alto Nansa : compuestas y transmitidas por los habitantes de los valles de Rionansa, Tudanca y Polaciones( )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in Spanish and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El reino de Cristo en la segunda República: una historia silenciada by William A Christian( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in Spanish and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "vision thing" : studying divine intervention( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This world, other worlds : sickness, suicide, death, and the afterlife among the vaqueiros de alzada of Spain by Mara Ctedra Toms( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visions of moving crucifixes in modern Spain by William A Christian( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El dedo robado : reliquias imaginarias en la España moderna by Mara Tausiet( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in Spanish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De los santos a María : panorama de las devociones a santuarios españoles desde el principio de la Edad Media hasta nuestros días by William A Christian( Book )

1 edition published in 1976 in Spanish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Life passes like a dream : the quiet world of Cándida González by William A Christian( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Apparitions of the Madonna at Oliveto Citra : local visions and cosmic drama by Paolo Apolito( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Person and God in a Spanish valley [by] William A. Christian, Jr by William A Christian( Book )

1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Catalogue of the Cristina García Rodero collection of photographs of Spanish fiestas by Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Apparitions in late Medieval and Renaissance Spain
Alternative Names
Christian, William.

Christian, William 1944-

Christian, William A.

Christian William A. 1944-....

Christian, William A. 1944- junior

Christian, William A. Jr.

Christian, William A. junior 1944-

Christian, William Armistead.

Christian, William Armistead 1944-

Christian, William, II, 1944-

Languages
English (106)

Spanish (36)

Covers
Local religion in sixteenth-century SpainApparitions in late Medieval and Renaissance SpainVisionaries : the Spanish Republic and the reign of ChristMoving crucifixes in modern SpainDivine presence in Spain and Western Europe, 1500-1960 : visions, religious images, and photographsTrovas y comparsas del Alto Nansa : compuestas y transmitidas por los habitantes de los valles de Rionansa, Tudanca y PolacionesThis world, other worlds : sickness, suicide, death, and the afterlife among the vaqueiros de alzada of SpainVisions of moving crucifixes in modern Spain