Mother of the Church: Sofia Svechina, the Salon, and the Politics of Catholicism in Nineteenth-Century Russia and France (Paperback)
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Mother of the Church: Sofia Svechina, the Salon, and the Politics of Catholicism in Nineteenth-Century Russia and France (Paperback)

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Sofia Petrovna Svechina (1782 1857), better known as Madame Sophie Swetchine, was the hostess of a famous nineteenth-century Parisian salon. A Russian emigre, Svechina moved to France with her husband in 1816. She had recently converted to Roman Catholicism, and the salon she opened acquired a distinctly religious character. It quickly became one of the most popular salons in Paris and was a meeting place for the French intellectual Catholic elite and members of the Liberal Catholic movement. As a salonniere, Svechina developed close friendships with some of the most noted public figures in the Liberal Catholic movement. Her involvement with her guests went deeper than the typical salonniere's. She was a mentor, spiritual counselor, and intellectual advisor to many distinguished Parisian men and women, and her influence extended beyond the walls of her salon into the public world of politics and ideas. In this fascinating biography, Tatyana Bakhmetyeva seeks to understand the creative process that informed Svechina's life and examines her subject in the context of nineteenth-century thought and letters. It will appeal to educated readers interested in European and Russian history, the history of Catholicism, and women's history.

Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 9780875807379
Number of pages: 420
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The book is strongly recommended as a comprehensive account of Sofia Svechina and of Catholicism in early nineteenth-century Russia and in the ensuing decades in France."
--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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