This letter, which I found recently in the British Library, is from Eugène Boré, one-time Lazarist superior general, penned from Julfa in Azerbaijan on 6 August 1841.
Boré, of course, needs little introduction. At least since 1894, when Léonce de la Rallaye wrote his first biography of the man (see Eugène Boré et les origines de la question d'Orient, Paris 1894), Boré's contributions to the fields of education, philology and ethnography have been…Continue
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My 2014 Exhibition on the Lazarists at the Irish College Paris has gone digital ! Check out http://expositions.centreculturelirlandais.com/hospice-and-charity.php?section1
The online exhibition contains interesting digitized documents regarding the Lazarists'…Continue
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As part of my ongoing new book project Succeeding the Jesuits, I have been excavating sources relevant to the Lazarists' short, but memorable, tenure as the Jesuits' successors in the Electoral Palatinate (Kurpfalz), a small but picturesque county in south-west Germany.
The three pictured printed books are extremely rare originals of…Continue
I am pleased to announce the publication of my book Fealty and Fidelity: the Lazarists of Bourbon France, 1660-1736, with Ashgate. The book provides a major critical investigation of the followers of Vincent de Paul, one of the French Catholic reform's most decisive contributors. It uncovers rich new information on missionary activity and crown…Continue
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I am pleased to share with colleagues the publishers' notice for my forthcoming monograph on the Lazarists under Louis XIV. All going well, the book is due for release in November 2015.
Added by Sean Alexander Smith on March 24, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
An exhibition on the Lazarists' role at the Irish College in Paris during the war-torn period between 1858 and 1945 will be opened on 11 September 2014. The 'vernissage' will take place at the Centre Culturel Irlandais (Irish College), 5, rue des Irlandais, Paris. The exhibition, based on my research at the College during summer 2013, brings some terrific documents to light,…Continue
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Tomorrow, I am beginning a new phase of research, generously sponsored by the VIncentian Studies Institute, which is going to examine the Congregation's arrival and growth in popularity in certain European cities in the eighteenth century (Lisbon, Bologna, Evora, Barcelona among others). This groundwork will hopefully till the terrain for a further analysis of the Congregation's rivalry with the Jesuits later in the century. This month I shall be excavating materials in the mother house in…Continue
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A new volume of essays edited by Alison Forrestal and myself is now slated to be published by Ashgate in 2015. The Frontiers of Mission: Perspectives on Early Modern Missionary Catholicism, is the product of a lengthy collaboration which began with a conference in Galway in June 2013. The volume seeks to bring a new set of perspectives to Catholic missionary activity in the early modern period, confronting the validity of the oft-repeated claim that the missionary experience can be…Continue
Added by Sean Alexander Smith on April 20, 2014 at 9:33am — No Comments
I am delighted to announce to our wonderful community of Vincentian scholars that my book Fealty and Fidelity: the Lazarists of Bourbon France 1660-1736, a monograph based on my doctoral research, is now slated to appear (2015) in Ashgate's Catholic Christendom 1300-1700 series.The series addresses all varieties of religious behaviour extending beyond traditional institutional and doctrinal church history. It is interdisciplinary, comparative and global. My book will build on the…Continue
I am pleased to share with my peers in Vincentian history news of an upcoming exhibition, curated by me and which will open in Paris during the Journées du patrimoine on 20/21 September 2014. The exhibition, based on evidence I collected during a six weeks' research fellowship in the Irish College, Paris, will present visual and textual exhibits from the Vincentians'…Continue
I am pleased to share with our Vincentian Network news of my first peer-reviewed article, recently published by French History (OUP).
The link to the article can be found at http://fh.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/07/29/fh.crt053.short?rss=1
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I have spent the last four years studying the evolution of Monsieur's Vincent's Congregation after his death in 1660. Two questions have interested me in particular. First, have church and French historians misunderstood, or minimised, the highly influential role that the 'sons of Monsieur Vincent' played after his death? It is a striking fact that, compared with the hundreds, if not thousands, of biographies dedicated to de Paul, there exists only a few studies of the…Continue
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