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Mrs. Mattingly's Miracle: The Prince, the Widow, and the Cure That Shocked Washington City

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In 1824 in Washington, D.C., Ann Mattingly, widowed sister of the city's mayor, was miraculously cured of a ravaging cancer. Just days, or perhaps even hours, from her predicted demise, she arose from her sickbed free from agonizing pain and able to enjoy an additional thirty-one years of life. The Mattingly miracle purportedly came through the intervention of a charismati ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Yale University Press (first published 2007)
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Dec 03, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One day in 1824, Mrs. Ann Mattingly was miraculously cured of terminal breast cancer just hours before her expected demise. The cure was arranged through the efforts of the Catholic Community through a German faith healer and cleric, Prince Hohenlohe. Mrs. Mattingly was a widow and the sister of Washington's mayor, Thomas Carberry. Within days, the word of her healing spread up and down the East Coast. Thousand of people flocked to Mr. Carberry's home to see Mrs. Mattingly. The mostly Jesuit lea ...more
Jul 14, 2013 Lindsey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was badly in need of an editor. It jumped around, telling stories that had nothing to do with the topic at hand, other than a tangential relation to a distant relative of someone who might have been in the story. It neglected to really focus on the cure or on the times surrounding the cure, looking instead at a number of other minor miracles around the world and at the family drama that happened over several generations through the Mattingly family. The author seemed to confuse coincid ...more
Jun 02, 2014 Ben rated it it was ok
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I agree with a previous reviewer that this book could have benefited greatly from additional editing. It's a fascinating story and the beginning starts strong, but it suffered from digression and a lack of focus.
Sep 24, 2012 Courtney rated it really liked it
Gives an intimate look at Catholicism in the early American republic, through the prism of one woman's miraculous recovery from terminal breast cancer. Especially interesting given that many of the historical currents surrounding the event are still part of the ebb and flow of modern politics. The factionalism within the American Church, as well as the precursors to the anti-Catholic Know-Nothing party all have their echoes in such current events as the debate over the HHS birth control mandate. ...more
The Book : An Online Review at The New Republic
IN THE EARLY HOURS of March 10, 1824, Ann Mattingly, the sister of the mayor of Washington, D.C., lay on her sick bed, consumed with cancer. Her back was ulcerated. She had an incessant cough that sometimes gave way to fits so violent that they were “followed by puking large quantities of corrupted blood.”Read more...
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Aug 01, 2012 Michael Kearney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very engaging and the use the fiction element in each chapter was done very well. I could see Nancy doing other books about religion in the federalist period.
Ellen Hynes
Oct 01, 2012 Ellen Hynes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good. The author is quite knowledgeable about Catholicism. I now want to read her book Fire and Roses.
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