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The Song at the Scaffold

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A thrilling novel of heroism in the face of religious intolerance!

This classic Catholic novel unfolds around Blanche de la Force, who enters a Carmelite convent amid the chaos and horror of the French Revolution. Blanche is so timorous that she seems unsuited to the rigors of religious life even at the best of times - and horribly misplaced as the Reign of Terror begins to stain France with the blood of a new generation of martyrs.

Sister Marie, one of the leading nuns in the convent, receives with joy the death threats of a ham-handed revolutionary: the sisters are going to be awarded the crown of Christian martyrdom! Sister Marie prepares the other nuns for this fearsome sacrifice, all the while harboring doubts about Blanche's ability and willingness to join them in giving up their lives for Christ.

Blanche's life thereafter and the story of the nuns take more than one unexpected twist, leaving you not only with the inspiring, true example of their martyrdom, but also with a penetrating insight into the nature of holiness. As our world is engulfed anew in terror and hatred for the true Faith, The Song at the Scaffold will make your soul surge with renewed and fervent love for God!


Timeless in the truth it highlights: that in an era when evil exploded, it could not win. For love always has a new harvest of life - signaled in this story by sixteen Carmelite nuns going to the scaffold, with voices raised in song, declaring 'Creator Spiritus.' I was moved.

Antoinnette Bosco

A poignant reminder that, for the Christian, fearlessness lies on the far side of Gethsemane and the Cross.

George Weigel

One of the great Christian classics of all time.

Michael O'Brien

A classic book memorializing the courage and faith of sixteen women whose heroism in the face of religious intolerance in a reckless age still speaks powerfully to us today.

William Donahue, Ph.D.



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