Blog: ‘Voyage excentrique aux Cordillères des Andes’ – Céline Martin, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and a remarkable photograph album

The archives du Carmel de Lisieux have recently launched a new website, putting materials relating to the life and posthumous fame of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux online for the first time.  The convent was the saint’s home during the last nine years of her life and its archives have been the guardians of her legacy ever since

Cultural and Social History: Book Review – ‘Holy Motherhood: Gender, Dynasty and Visual Culture in the Later Middle Ages’, by Elizabeth L’Estrange

Examining late medieval depictions of birth and motherhood involving holy figures, especially those featuring Saint Anne (mother of the Virgin Mary) and the Holy Kinship (the extended family of Jesus), this study reassesses the nature of the female spectatorship of these images, focusing on a group of prayer books associated with the houses of Anjou and Brittany, and the women who used them. Posing ‘questions about genders, spectators, and reception’ (p. 8), this is an ambitious art-historical enquiry