Blanche de la Force is a timid aristocrat who enters a Carmelite convent in an attempt to flee the dangers surrounding her during the French Revolution.
Unfortunately, the Reign of Terror begins and Blanche is now no safer in the convent than in the streets of Paris. She finds herself feeling like an outcast as the other sisters begin to doubt her ability to endure persecution and possibly martyrdom.
The fates of Blanche and the other Carmelites take several unexpected turns, leaving the reader with an inspiring witness not only of martyrdom but of God's power being glorified in human weakness.
This classic novella, while featuring fictionalized characters, is based on the true story of the Carmelite nuns of Compiègne, who offered their lives for the preservation of the Church in France.
"The point of departure for my creation was not primarily the destiny of the sixteen Carmelites of Compiègne but the figure of the young Blanche. . . . Born in the profound horror of a time darkened by the signs of destiny, this figure arose before me in some way as the embodiment of the mortal agony of an era going totally to its ruin."
-Gertrud von le Fort
Paperback. 104 pages.
Gertrud von le Fort (1876-1971) was a German novelist and essayist. A convert to Catholicism, she attended the universities of Heidelberg, Berlin and Marburg. She was a prolific writer whose poetry and novels, which have been translated into many languages, won her acclaim throughout Europe. She also wrote The Eternal Woman.