The Body or the Soul? Hardback

Religion and Culture in a Quebec Parish, 1736-1901

by Frank A. Abbott;

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The Body or the Soul?

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In the two centuries before the Quiet Revolution, the people of Quebec exercised a higher degree of independence from the Catholic Church than is often presumed. Investigating rural Quebec from the mid-eighteenth century to the turn of the twentieth, Frank Abbott argues convincingly that the obligations and priorities of the Church did not unswervingly rule the lives of its parishioners. The Body or the Soul? is a history of religious and cultural life in the parish of St-Joseph-de-Beauce. Drawing from their pastors' detailed annual reports to the archbishops of Quebec, St-Joseph s parish registers, contemporary accounts, government censuses, and the largely unexplored oral testimony on rural life and culture found in the Archives de folklore et ethnologie at Universite Laval, Abbott assesses the nature and degree of influence and control that the church exerted over the everyday lives of a rural Quebec community. He examines the telling details found in church building projects, the relationships between clergy and parishioners, attendance at Sunday mass and catechism classes, reception of communion, the persistence of what the Church termed superstition, traditional customs of sociability, and the degree of control that the Church exerted over the community s social and sexual behaviour. Rich with primary sources, The Body or the Soul? reveals the tensions between Catholicism s place in people s lives and the independent spirit of a vigorous popular culture."

The Body or the Soul? by Frank A. Abbott was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in May 2016. The ISBN for The Body or the Soul? is 9780773547117.

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Details for The Body or the Soul?

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherMcGill-Queen's University Press (May 2016)
Number of Pages392
Thickness33 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4450854
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