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Lamy of Santa Fe by Paul Horgan

Lamy of Santa Fe

by Paul Horgan

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1390 Lamy of Santa Fe: His Life and Times, by Paul Horgan (read 1 May 1976) (Pulitzer History prize in 1976) This is a masterful work--not under ecclesiastical sponsorship--but heavy with solid respect for John Baptiste Lamy, born in France 11 Oct 1814, ordained in 1838 in France and arriving in the USA on 21 Aug 1839. He was appointed vicar apostolic of New Mexico in 1850 and on July 29, 1853, was confirmed as bishop of Santa Fe and on 12 Feb 1875 as archbishop. I found this an enthralling biography, and it is no doubt the definitive work. Lamy is the inspiration for Willa Cather's famed novel, Death Comes for the Archbishop, which I read 8 Nov 1946. ( )
  Schmerguls | Feb 7, 2009 |
1976 Pulitzer Prize for History. It caught my eye this past July while I was in Santa Fe. Fascinating window into the difficult life that was the West in the mid to late 19th century. Horgan takes us from France to Ohio to New Mexico and back many times as we follow Jean Baptiste Lamy and his lifelong friend, Joseph Projectus Machebeuf on their journey from young priests sneaking away in France to Archbishops of Santa Fe and Denver respectively. Horgan painstakingly details the conditions and tribulations these two men encountered as they did their part in bringing education and religion to the American West. Well researched and well written translates into well-read. ( )
4 vote iammbb | Nov 17, 2008 |
This is the Pulitzer Prize winning account of Bishop Lamy's beginnings in a small village in rural central France and his eventual appointment as Archbishop in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lamy is a compelling and even heroic figure. This is a powerfully written narrative and trumps Willa Cather's fictional account of Lamy in Death Comes to the Archbishop. I recommend reading this book in combination with Horgan's Great River - a comprehensive history of the Rio Grande. ( )
2 vote nemoman | Mar 9, 2008 |
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During the hours before sunrise on 21 May 1839, Jean Baptiste Lamy, accompanied by his closest friend and former school-mate Joseph Priest Machebeuf, made his way on foot through the silent streets of the old Roman town of Riom, in the Massif Central of France.
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Originally published in 1975, this Pulitzer Prize for History-winning biography chronicles the life of Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy (1814-1888), New Mexico's first resident bishop and the most influential, reform-minded Catholic official in the region during the late 1800s. Lamy's accomplishments, including the endowing of hospitals, orphanages, and English-language schools and colleges, formed the foundation of modern-day Santa Fe and often brought him into conflict with corrupt local priests. His life story, also the subject of Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop, describes a pivotal period in the American Southwest, as Spanish and Mexican rule gave way to much greater influence from the U.S. and Europe. Historian and consummate stylist Paul Horgan has given us a chronicle filled with hardy, often extraordinary adventure, and sustained by Lamy's magnificent strength of character.

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