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Fire & Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834
In the midst of a deadly heat wave during the summer of 1834, a woman clawed her way over the wall of a Roman Catholic convent near Boston, Massachusetts and escaped to the home of a neighbor, pleading for protection. When the bishop, Benedict Fenwick, persuaded her to return, rumors began swirling through the Yankee community and in the press that she was being held at th ...more
Kindle Edition, 317 pages
(first published October 1st 2000)
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A nonfiction story of anti-Catholic sentiment in Charlestown, MA, early 18th century, culminating in the burning of an Ursuline Convent. The book is a fascinating, well researched story, somewhat redundantly relayed. I recommend this for my Boston and HC friends especially because Bishop Fenwick is a real character in it; the other characters come to life very vividly too.
This book was fascinating book. I've never heard of the Charlestown convent burning before and it was interesting to learn about. I like Schultz goes into depth about every person that was involved to see why it happened. She goes into the nuns lives as well as the people that rioted the place. This book shows how Anti-Catholicism was around during this time period.