Mother of the Church: Sofia Svechina, the Salon, and the Politics of Catholicism in Nineteenth-Century Russia and France (Paperback)Tatyana V. Bakhmetyeva (author)
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Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Number of pages: 420
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
--The Catholic Historical Review
"Tatyana Bakhmetyeva's fascinating and well-documented book chronicles the life of Russian noblewoman Sofia Svechina . . . But this study is much more than a narrative of Svechina's life. Through the microcosm of Svechina's biography, the author offers a comparison of some of the political values of Russian and Western societies as they had evolved to the nineteenth century."
--The Russian Review
"In this engaging intellectual biography of the Russian noblewoman Sophia Svechina, Bakhmetyeva provides authoritative close readings and analyses of primary sources, presenting to her readers letters to and from Svechina, as well as quotations from important religious writings. Svechina's personality and influence come alive in the narrative."
--Christine Worobec, author of Possessed: Women, Witches, and Demons in Imperial Russia (NIU Press, 2001)
"This book draws on valuable archival sources and a selection of secondary materials to narrate with enthusiasm and style the life of a fascinating woman."
--Thomas Kselman, University of Notre Dame
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