Faiths, Fortunes and Feminine Duty. Charity in Parisian High Society 1880-1914

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On May 1897 more than a hundred Parisians - mostly women of high society -perished in the Charity Bazaar fire. The records of this terrible accident reveal much about the charitable practices of the nobility in France of the Third Republic. This article explores the place of religion in upper-class charity within the context of republican anticlericalism. It focuses especially on issues of inter faith collaboration and the role of aristocratic women in supporting the work of the Catholic Church.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-506
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Ecclesiastical History
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007


  • France
  • origins
  • reform
  • state

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