Pilgrim shrines in France

In her book, historian Virginia Reinburg looks at pilgrim shrines—Sainte-Reine, Notre-Dame du Puy, Notre-Dame de Garaison, and Notre-Dame de Betharram—and the way they served as places of healing, holiness, and truth in early modern France. In Storied Places: Pilgrim Shrines, Nature, and History in Early Modern France (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Reinburg shows the important role these shrines played in the Catholic revival in France following the religious wars. But what sets Reinburg’s work apart from other studies of shrines is her focus on the sense of place and the creation of the shrines, their particular stories and legends and environment and natural surroundings. The Reformation Research Consortium (RefoRC), an international network of research institutions focusing on early modern Christianity, has named Storied Places to a longlist for its annual book award. Reinburg is an associate professor in BC’s History Department and author of French Books of Hours: Making an Archive of Prayer, c. 1400-1600.

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