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ISBN-13: 978-0195309348 ISBN-10: 0195309340 Edition: 7.11.2006

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 7.11.2006 edition (August 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195309340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195309348
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The finest scholarly treatment to date of Catherine (Kateri) Tekakwitha."--Lisa Poirier, Church History


"The finest scholarly treatment to date of Catherine (Kateri) Tekakwitha.... No university library should be without it. It is sufficiently accessible for undergraduates, and sufficiently sophisticated for specialists."--Lisa Poirer, Church History


"Greer masterfully sheds light on everything he writes about."--CHOICE


"Mohawk Saint is quite simply the best book I have read on the momentous and vexed encounter of Europeans and Native Americans in the Early Modern world. A must-read for anyone interested in New France or colonial Native Americans, it provides an intimate and imaginative portrait of both the Mohawk Catherine and the French missionaries with whom she interacted in the seventeenth-century Praying Iroquois community of Kahnawake."--H-Net


"In rescuing the "lily of the Mohawks" form her hagiographers, Allan Greer has produced an utterly fascinating volume."--Michael Walsh


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Allan Greer is Professor of History and Canada Research Chair at McGill University. He is the author of The People of New France, Peasant, Lord, and Merchant: Rural Society in Three Quebec Parishes, 1740-1840, The Jesuit Relations: Natives and Missionaries in Seventeenth-Century North America, and co-editor of Colonial Saints: Discovering the Holy in the Americas, 1500-1800.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brian DeLay on September 28, 2008
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This gem of a book approaches all of its subjects with deep humanity and keen intelligence. Some of Greer's conclusions will inevitably be controversial, given the subject matter. But having read dozens of academic history books on natives and Europeans, I know of only a few that unfold with such wisdom and scholarly maturity. Last point -- my college students love this book as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jen Richard-Morrow on September 30, 2012
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Professor Greer's book is not a hagiography; he shows the historical period the saint was born into. I found it to be an excellent book about Kateri and the people who knew her, Jesuits and Iroquois alike. Most interesting are the drawings by the Jesuits showing life at Canawagha. The author also goes into the early period of devotion to Kateri. I am especially happy that the publishers used the real portrait of the saint on the cover, not a saccharine illlustration. Great book, looking forward to reading his others!
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12 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Rose on September 2, 2012
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A book about a saint by an unbeliever, no matter what a good researcher he is,is bound to miss some of the most important elements there and that is exactly where this book falls short. Allan Greer doesn't understand Catholic thinking, despite his being very convinced he does. He bends over absolutely backwards to try to ascribe a mundane or base motive for everything everyone did (that might otherwise be considered holy or virtuous or even just commendable).
e.g.: "Writing for a French audience, Chauchetiere gives the impression that Tekakwitha played the part of the selfless and humble servant, fetching meals for the men of her household. Yet her dispensing duties could be interpreted quite differently. Among the Mohawks, food was under the control of women, and so the gesture of serving may well have contained an element of asserting female power over male appetites." p. 43

The premise of the book is promising and the history well researched but if you are looking for a book to help you understand the true motivation behind the actions of these saintly people, this is not it.
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