Fire and Roses The Burning of the Charlestown Convent 1834

ISBN-10: 1555535143

ISBN-13: 9781555535148

Edition: 2002

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Description: In the midst of a deadly heat wave during the summer of 1834, a woman clawed her way over the wall of an Ursuline convent on Mount Benedict in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and escaped to the home of a neighbor, pleading for protection. When the bishop, Benedict Fenwick, persuaded her to return, vicious gossip began swirling through the Yankee community and in the press that she was being held at the convent against her will, and had even been murdered. The rumored fate of the "Mysterious Lady," as she became popularly known, ultimately led to the burning of the convent by an angry, drunken mob of Protestant men. The arsonists' ringleader, a brawny bricklayer named John Buzzell, became a folk hero. The nuns scattered, and their proud and feisty mother superior, Mary Anne Moffatt, who battled the working-class rioters and Church authorities, faded mysteriously into history. Nancy Lusignan Schultz brings alive this forgotten event, focusing her probing lens on a time when independent, educated women were feared as much as immigrants and Catholics, and anti-Papist diatribes were the stuff of bestsellers and standing-room-only lectures. She provides a glimpse into nineteenth-century Boston and into an elite boarding school for young women, mostly the daughters of wealthy Protestants, vividly dissecting the period's roiling tensions over class, gender, religion, ethnicity, and education.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 4/11/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 317
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

DANE ANTHONY MORRISON is Professor and former chair of the History Department at Salem State College. He is the author of A Praying People: Massachusett Acculturation and the Failure of the Puritan Mission, 1600-1690. NANCY LUSIGNAN SCHULTZ is Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English and American Studies at Salem State College. She is the author of Fire and Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834.

Principal Characters
Prologue
The Seed Is Planted
Mount Benedict Blooms: Convent Secrets and the Early Years
Charlestown in Full Flower: Education and Convent Life
A Deadly Miasma: Cemeteries, Cholera, and Catholicism
The Vine Uprooted: 1834: A Year of Heartbreaks
The Lost Garden: Indictments and Trial
The Ashes Scatter
Epilogue
Partial List of Students
Notes
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
Index
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