Item description for The She-Apostle: The Extraordinary Life and Death of Luisa de Carvajal by Glyn Redworth...
Here is the full-length biography of Luisa de Carvajal (1568-1614), possibly the first female missionary of modern times. Born into a great Spanish family, Luisa suffered an abusive childhood, dreamt of martyrdom for the Catholic Church and smuggled herself into England in the year of the Gunpowder Plot. The book explores her courageous intrigues on behalf of the Catholic cause in Protestant England, from distributing banned books to preserving and distributing the bodily remains of executed priests. She risked imprisonment and execution for these activities, a fate she miraculously managed to avoid 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. The book contains Luisa's biting--and often humorous--descriptions of the cost of living in Shakespeare's London, the poor quality of food in the capital, as well as the weekend rowdiness of the English.
Citations And Professional Reviews The She-Apostle: The Extraordinary Life and Death of Luisa de Carvajal by Glyn Redworth has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Choice - 06/01/2009
Library Journal - 11/15/2008 page 76
Booklist - 12/01/2008 page 6
Chronicle of Higher Education - 02/06/2009 page 14
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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2008
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 0199533539 ISBN13 9780199533534
Availability 0 units.
More About Glyn Redworth
Glyn Redworth is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Manchester and the author of In Defense of the Church Catholic: The Life of Stephen Gardiner.
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She-Apostle Jun 14, 2009
Christian culture once had a fetish for martyrdom. True believers would spread cloaks below gallows to catch drops of a martyr's blood, dig up the bodies, and dismember and preserve parts to be sent to favored patrons. Luisa de Carvajal, a gently-bred Spanish lady, was a major supplier of English martyr bodies to believers on the Continent. She longed for martyrdom herself, and eventually found it.
I wouldn't recommend this to everyone. History, womens' studies and religion students will appreciate it, and those interested in historical cases to compare to today's suicide bombers.
She-Apostle Apr 20, 2009
Excellent insight to the persecution of Catholics in 17th century England and the blind sighted countries who had their own evil's going on at the same time.
Year historical book Mar 13, 2009
Great bok, great job, great argument. Why dont is in spanish? d. www.tinapaterson.com