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The Jesuits in North America in the 17th Century

Francis Parkman Jr.

Book Overview: 

Parkman has been hailed as one of America's first great historians and as a master of narrative history. Numerous translations have spread the books around the world. The American writer and literary critic Edmund Wilson in his book "O Canada", described Parkman’s France and England in North America in these terms: "The clarity, the momentum and the color of the first volumes of Parkman’s narrative are among the most brilliant achievements of the writing of history as an art."

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Superiors, in whom they recognized the agents of Divine authority itself.


It was an evil day for new-born Protestantism, when a French artilleryman fired the shot that struck down Ignatius Loyola in the breach of Pampeluna. A proud noble, an aspiring soldier, a graceful courtier, an ardent and daring gallant was metamorphosed by that stroke into the zealot whose brain engendered and brought forth the mighty Society of Jesus. His story is a familiar one: how, in the solitude of his sick-room, a change came over him, upheaving, like an earthquake, all the forces of his nature; how, in the cave of Manresa, the mysteries of Heaven were revealed to him; how he passed from agonies to transports, from transports to the calm of a determined purpose. . . . Read More

Community Reviews

The Jesuit mission to the Hurons in the mid-1600s was the subject of a 1991 movie titled Black Robe and if you’ve seen that film you’ll have an idea of what you’re in for in this, the second installment in Parkman’s seven-volume France and England in North America. Not that the film gives an accurat

Torture! Baptism by deception! Adventure! Pillage! More torture! It doesn’t sound like it would hold together, but Parkman tells quite a tale here. I’m hoping he’s getting the torture descriptions out of his system before delving into his next 5 books in the series. Time travelers, prepare to be dep

I was like, "So, this is going to be about a bunch of missionaries trying to convert Native Americans? And how long is this book?" Man, oh, man, is it excellent though. Parkman's story-telling abilities have improved from his first book and this is just packed with grade-a adventure story-telling. T

I’d been working on Jesuit spirituality and was eager to read a classic, so nothing better than an account of the Jesuit martyrs in North America in the earlier 17th century, especially the famous Jean de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues. I don’t think I’ve looked at Parkman since I was in my 20s and never

This is my opinion of "France in North America" only. Usually I don't review classics because history has already done that. There exists a Wikipedia article on this book which criticizes the book for not being accurate. Well, the reader should keep in mind that this was written in the latter half o