Stories of Maria of Agreda's exceptional attributes spread from her cloistered convent in seventeenth-century Agreda, Spain, to the court in Madrid, and beyond. Without leaving her village, the abbess impacted the kingdom, her church, and the New World. Based upon her transcendent visionary experiences, Sor Maria chronicled the life of Mary, mother of Jesus of Nazareth, in the Mystical City of God. This work was temporarily condemned during the Spanish Inquisition.
In America, reports emerged that she had miraculously appeared to Jumano Native Americans - a feat corroborated by witnesses in Spain, Texas, and New Mexico, where she is known as the legendary "Lady in Blue."
Today, Sor Maria is lauded in Spain as one of the most influential women in its history, and in the United States as an inspiring pioneer. Fedewa's biography of this spirited abbess integrates voluminous autobiographical, historical, and literary sources published by and about Maria of Agreda.
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"Marilyn Fedewa has written a stirring portrait of María of Ágreda, a brilliant, remarkable player in major spiritual and secular events of her age." (Kenneth A. Briggs, former religion editor for The New York Times)
"A fascinating biography of an extraordinary woman told from the perspective of her 17th-century Spanish religious culture." (Clark A. Colahan, author of Visions of Sor María de Ágreda: Writing Knowledge and Power)
"Beyond any doubt, this book by Dr. Fedewa is an outstanding contribution to the researching of the Catholic heritage of the American Southwest, especially that of Texas and New Mexico. This work is one that should bring the author many accolades." (Southwestern Historical Quarterly)
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This is a biography of a nun from the 17th century. If you read the forward you discover that the professor that wrote the book experienced quite an epiphany when she decided to write this piece and I have to say I went through the same thing when I listened. I do not consider myself a religious person and this particular choice of material was unusual for me. But as I listened to the story of the life of this young woman who entered the convent as a teenager and never ever left and yet became a major influence to King Philip and all of Spain at the time of the Inquisition. As well as becoming a heroic figure in the New World/US even though she never set foot there. Yet very compelling accounts insist they saw her there. She wrote what she saw and what she believed even though many feared this young woman and were against her. I marvel at how brave she was and true to her beliefs. And of the many many attempts to make her a saint. It is a fascinating and uplifting listen.
"Boring and repetitive."
I would not recommend this book unless it was to someone I don't like!! Awful
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