One of the most "politically incorrect" books of the year!
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The work that immortalized the missionary martyrs of North America!
Before the Jesuit missionaries came on the scene, America's Indians were ritual cannibals who raped, slaughtered and ate their enemies, not always in that order. Francis Parkman's book made the French Jesuit missionary martyrs famous.
The [Catholic] Missions are a branch of the subject which I regard with very great interest. The more I examine them, the more I am impressed with the purity of motive, the devoted self sacrifice and the heroism of the early missionaries, some of whom seem to me to fall no whit below the martyrs of the primitive church, and although not writing from the same point of view, my testimony to their virtues will often be no less emphatic than your own.
So wrote Francis Northcote Parkman, the Unitarian agnostic who both loved and hated the Catholic Faith. Granted the liberty to study the original source material, Parkman used the original missionary journals maintained by the Jesuit motherhouse in France as the source for a work whose historical accuracy remains unrivaled even today.
As this book shows, even though Parkman was deeply anti-clerical and often sneered at the beliefs of the Jesuits who worked among the cannibalistic Native American tribes, he also had enormous, albeit grudging, respect for their willingness to endure hardship, suffering and sacrifice. Even though his work panders to the anti-Catholic Protestant audience of his day, we cannot forget the respect he had for the Catholic Faith or the service he has done for the Church:
They are mistaken who sneer at [Catholic] ceremonies as a mere mechanical farce: they have a powerful and salutary effect on the mind. Those who have witnessed the services in the Benedictine church and deny what I say, must either be singularly stupid and insensible by nature or rendered so by prejudice.
Francis Parkman's book arguably made the French Jesuit missionary martyrs famous. His work brought these great martyrs to the attention of the world, allowing us to discover what Parkman himself discovered - the United States' first and only canonized martyrs:
Antoine Daniel * Charles Garnier * Gabriel Lalemant * Isaac Jogues * John de Brebeuf * John de la Lande * Neol Chabanel * Rene Goupil
This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 05 July, 2015.