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    Book review: Nancy Lusignan Schultz, "Mrs. Mattingly's Miracle: The Prince, the Widow and the Cure That Shocked Washington City"

    Mangion, Carmen M. (2013) Book review: Nancy Lusignan Schultz, "Mrs. Mattingly's Miracle: The Prince, the Widow and the Cure That Shocked Washington City". Social History of Medicine 26 (1), pp. 157-158. ISSN 0951-631X.

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    Abstract

    Nancy Lusignan Schultz has brought to life the intriguing story of Catholic widower Ann Carbery Mattingly (1784–1855), miraculously cured not once, but twice. The first cure, in 1824, occurred after seven years of intense suffering; a lump in her left breast had spread throughout her body causing putrid sores, paralysis and immense pain. This cure was mediated by a thaumaturgus (or miracle worker) Prince Alexander Leopold Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst. Seven years later, her swollen, infected and probably gangrenous leg healed after her direct prayers to the Virgin Mary. Schultz examines these cures, situating this story in the history of American antebellum Catholicism, pointing particularly to issues of gender, religion, class and race to argue that Mrs Mattingly's miracle altered the course of ‘national attitudes towards Catholicism’ (p. 20).

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2014 16:27
    Last Modified: 28 Oct 2020 05:33
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/8877

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