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The Eagle and the Dove, Paperback / softback Book

The Eagle and the Dove Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback

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The two saints whose lives Vita Sackville-West contrasts in this double biography were recorded by very different epithets: 'the great' and 'the little'.

Both women were Carmelites, both canonised and both shared the same name.

But whilst Teresa of Avila was aristocratic, intellectual, vigorous and humorous, a Spanish woman of the sixteenth century, Therese of Lisieux was a guileless and sentimental figure of the French bourgeoisie.

Teresa, the great mystic, is the patron saint of Spain; Therese, the humble nun, is probably the most beloved saint in the entire Calendar.

The extraordinary rise of the cult of both women is scrutinised.

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