The She-apostle: The Extraordinary Life And Death Of Luisa De Carvajal.

The She-apostle: The Extraordinary Life And Death Of Luisa De Carvajal

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    • ISBN 10: 0199533539
    • ISBN 13: 9780199533534


    Born into a great Spanish noble family, Luisa de Carvajal hankered from her early years to become a martyr for her faith. In 1605 - the year of the Gunpowder Plot - she was secreted into England by the Jesuits. To everyone's surprise including her own, she steadily assumed a prominent role within London´s underground Catholic community, setting up an unofficial nunnery, offering Roman priests a secure place to live,consoling prisoners awaiting execution, importing banned books, and helping persecuted Catholics to flee abroad. Throughout this time she ran the grave risk of imprisonment and execution, yet she miraculously managed to avoid this ultimate fate in spite of being arrested on a number of occasions. This vividly written biography, the first to give equal treatment to her double life in Spain and England, is based on Luisa's own autobiographical writings, her sparkling collection of poems and letters, and the detailed reminiscences by dozens of people who worked with her

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    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Edition: 1
    • Pages: 288
    • Date Published: 2008-11-15
    • Authors: Glyn Redworth