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Table of ContentsAcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsPrefaceA Short Note on My Perspective1. What Daniel Campbell RememberedPlan of the Book2 Local WorldsFairyloreStations at Local Sacred SitesStation MassesStations of the Cross3. The Role and Power of the Priest The Strike Against the Priests Mass Attendance Priests and Holy People4. Threats and BalancesThe Blessed Straw Chain-Prayer Supernatural Protection MacHale versus the Brownes Proselytism Stories of Faith A System of Checks and Balances5. The People Make a Saint6. Population and Cultural Continuity The Devotional Revolution Thesis7. Religion in Pre-Apparition Knock8. Authority Structures Shaken Commercialisation and Cultural Change The Land War Landlords and Tenants Fr Cavanagh and His Parishioners Archbishop MacHale's Reputation Famine Imminent The Seers' Social Situation9. The Social Construction of the Apparition The Investigating Commission The Witnesses Sources for the Testimony Developing the Picture What Was Added The Producers of the Picture The Aghamore Meeting The Magic Lantern Thesis 10. Our Lady and the Clergy Putting the Bishop in his Place The Debate on the Role of the Clergy The Ballyhaunis Connection Other Influences Local Reaction Failure11. Conclusion Knock and the Devotional Revolution Notes and References Works Cited Index


Eugene Hynes is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Kettering University, Michigan

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