The Devout Woman of the Third Republic and the Eclipse of Catholic Fraternity
This book concludes with a brief epilogue on the origins of the imaginary Catholic woman of the French Third Republic. The fall of Rome and the installation of the Third Republic transformed French Catholicism and disappointed the postrevolutionary generation of romantic Catholics who had hoped to reconcile their faith with the modern political and social order. The development of a monolithic image of the Catholic woman was a process in which both Catholics and anticlericals participated. Both sides were willing to embrace the notion that Catholicism was a religion of women. This epilogue explores how the feminization of religion affected romantic Catholicism in general and Catholic fraternity in particular by focusing on the Empress Eugénie and Sister Marie Elisabeth, heroine of Victorine Monniot's 1861 novel Marguerite á vingt ans.
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