350th Anniversary of Deaths of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac

From the births of Vincent and Louise in the late 16th century, to their deaths in 1660, Europe made its way, through bitter religious, political and intellectual ferment, from the Protestant Reformation to the Age of Enlightenment.  Fundamental developments included the Counter Reformation, the eclipse of the Catholic Church in the political sphere, the separation of philosophical speculation from its theological context and of science from philosophy, the emergence of nation states, the assimilation of the new world into European empires and world views, and the accelerating struggle against absolute monarchy.  The exhibit in Special Collections will include books and maps written during this time that provide a way to place Vincent and Louise into the religious, cultural, and historical context of the world in which they lived.

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