Jacquelynn recently made a post about the bracelet I gave her for Christmas, and I thought it’s about time I showed you what she gave me.
This is one of three known copies of L’esprit de la doctrine ce´leste de s. Tere`se et ses sentimens divins reu¨nis pour le plus grande commodite´ des lecteurs or, “The spirit of the doctrine of Saint Teresa of Avila and divine sentiments gathered for the greater convenience of readers.” While I know many people wouldn’t give a fuck about a book about Saint Teresa of Ávila published in 1707, there might have been tears in my eyes when I first examined the beautiful engraving of one of my favorite religious women on this page. However, the book’s story is almost as amazing as its simple existence.
In 1792, the Benedictine nuns who owned this book were forced to flee France to escape the French Revolution’s desire to liberate church property. Eventually, these nuns settled in England where they established a new priory in Princethorpe. To know I now own a book they felt was valuable enough to carry with them on their voyage is absolutely incredible - to know the woman I am dating understands me enough to get something like this for me is even more so.
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