June 2011 Blog Posts (5)

New Vincent books





Vincent de Paul continues to be a favorite subject for books. Two new French titles have recently appeared. The first consists of a small collection Vincent texts only, with no editor mentioned in the book's front matter. There is no commentary on these texts. Published Paris, Le Laurier, 2010.…



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Added by John E. Rybolt, C.M. on June 29, 2011 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Vincent's knife



In Vincent’s time, people normally had their own eating utensils. To pick up and eat their food, many used their fingers, which they would clean with a cloth and/or bread. As to the utensils, normally a knife and spoon—forks were a new import from Italy, often used only in upper-class settings—these were also cleaned at the table by the eater and wrapped up in a cloth to…

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Added by John E. Rybolt, C.M. on June 27, 2011 at 8:35pm — 1 Comment

New St. Vincent painting







Actually, this is an old St. Vincent painting, from the 18th century. The original is in the chapel of the Hospital of St. Eutrope (now Hôpital Thermal) in Dax, the hospital where the newly beatified Sr. Marguerite Rutan, D.C., was Sister Servant at the time of the Revolution. The painting hangs above the main altar.

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Added by John E. Rybolt, C.M. on June 24, 2011 at 3:04pm — No Comments

VHRN Book of the Week: Les Gondy de Retz

Monique Bras-Paquin, Emile Boutin, Les Gondy de Retz, (Nantes: Editions Siloe, 2002), pp. 270. ISBN: 2-84231-218-X.

 

“La France du XVI e siècle fut profondément marquée par l’influence de ces Italiens qui, venus de Florence, de Milan, de Turin ou d’ailleurs, jouèrent un role préponderant dans l’évolution politique, économique, sociale et…

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Added by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. on June 23, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

VHRN Book of the Week: A Social and Cultural History of Early Modern France

William Beik, A Social and Cultural History of Early Modern France, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), 401pp. ISBN: 978-0-521-88309-2.

 

From the publisher: "A magisterial new history of French society between the end of the Middle Ages and the Revolution by one of the world's leading authorities on early modern France.  Using colorful…

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Added by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. on June 13, 2011 at 7:39pm — No Comments

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