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Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits

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ISBN-13: 978-0195174878
ISBN-10: 0195174879
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Editorial Reviews


"Greer masterfully constructs the inner world of a woman who has stood as a symbol of power and purity to French nationalists, Native, and Catholic Americans for three hundred years. Mohawk Saint exemplifies the methodological innovation and versatility needed to tell the stories of New World encounters."--Letters in Canada

"Greer's goal is to create history from hagiography." --The Catholic Historical Review

"Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits is a fascinating and beautifully written account of cross-cultural encounter and transformation in seventeenth century New France. Greer's book is a masterpiece of cross-cultural interpretation and contextual analysis." --Hinerario

"...a very good examination of the life of Blessed Kateri, her way of life and that of her people. It is also a good presentation of the French and their way of life in France and in New France."--Seventeenth-Century News

"This book is an excellent example of what an analysis of life on both sides of the ocean can reap.... I strongly recommend Mohawk Saint to the readers of the Atlantic history list. I also recommend it for anyone interested in colonial America, Native America, spiritual practice, or identity issues in Europe or America. Finally, it is deftly written and would make terrific reading for upper-level and graduate courses."--H-NET

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

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

About the Author

Allan Greer is Professor of History at the University of Toronto. 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195174879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195174878
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.5 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,545,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Interesting look into St Kateri's life. It vividly explains the culture and the different points of view of the French and the Mohawks.
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