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Visionaries : the Spanish Republic and the reign of Christ

Author: William A Christian
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Church history
Named Person: Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint; Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint; Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ; Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ; Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint.; Sainte Vierge Marie
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William A Christian
ISBN: 0520200403 9780520200401 0520219481 9780520219489
OCLC Number: 32430294
Description: xxii, 544 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Mary, the Republic, and the Basques --
Promoters and seers I: Antonio Amundarain and Carmen Medina --
Promoters and seers II: the Catalans --
Promoters and seers III: Monsieur Rigné and Padre Burguera --
Suppression by church and state --
The proliferation of visions --
Religious professionals --
Kinds of seers and contact between social classes --
The vision states --
Sacred landscapes --
Petitions from believers --
The living and the dead --
The end of the world --
Aftermath --
Questions without answers.
Responsibility: William A. Christian, Jr.
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