France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart an Epic Tale for Modern Times
- List Price: $57.95
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Univ of California Pr
- Publish date: 09/01/2000
- ISBN: 9780520221369
- ISBN10: 0520221362
According to the legend, Jesus offered his heart as a symbol of divine love for humanity but also made specific requests of France and its king. The country would prosper and triumph over its enemies if certain conditions were met, among them a public consecration of France to the Sacred Heart and the construction of a church of that name. Jonas focuses on key moments in the development of the cult: the founding apparition, the invocation of the Sacred Heart during the plague of Marseille, its adaptation as a royalist symbol during the French Revolution, and its elevation to a central position in Catholic devotional and political life in the crisis surrounding the Franco-Prussian War. Jonas draws on a wealth of archival sources to produce a learned yet accessible narrative that encompasses a remarkable sweep of French politics, history, architecture, and art.