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An Epic Tale for Modern Times

Raymond Jonas

in France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221369
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924017 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520221369.003.0001
An Epic Tale for Modern Times

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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

Chapter.  2631 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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