The Eagle and the Dove Paperback / softback
Paperback / softback
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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