Edith Cavell : Faith before the firing squad, Paperback Book

Edith Cavell : Faith before the firing squad Paperback


Edith Louisa Cavell was a British nurse. She is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides and in helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during the First World War, for which she was arrested.

She was subsequently court-martialled, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death.

She was shot by a German firing squad at the age of 49.

Her execution was greeted with worldwide condemnation and extensive press coverage. A woman of profound faith, she told her chaplain, on the night before her execution, "Standing as I do in view of God and eternity, I realize that patriotism is not enough.

I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone." Her death caused international outrage and may have contributed to America's decision to enter the war.

Three films and a stage play have been written about her life, and many public buildings and streets named after her.

She will feature on a commemorative GBP5.00 coin in 2015.


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