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Pierre and His Family; or a Story of the Waldenses (1827)

Pierre and His Family; or a Story of the WaldensesPierre and His Family; or, a Story of the Waldenses by the author of “Lily Douglas” [Miss Grierson].  Second edition. Philadelphia: American Sunday School Union, 1827. Two steel engravings. 5.75″ tall, 214 pp.  Quarter leather hardcover in good condition.

Historical fiction based on the experiences of Waldensians as they returned to their valley homes in the 17th century after persecution.

Writing on endpapers. First endpaper is torn along outer edge. Frontispiece engraving is beginning to separate, as is an additional engraved plate original to this edition. Pages foxed, tanned. Quarter leather over boards is heavily edge worn with bumped corners.  Marbled paper over boards is scuffed and worn. Gilt lettering and design on spine is visible.

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The Waldensian Church originated in the Middle Ages with the preaching of the merchant Waldo of Lyons (1140-1217), from whom the church’s name originates. A contemporary of Saint Francis of Assisi, Waldo, after a profound spiritual crisis, gave all his assets to the poor in order to be free to preach the gospel.

Waldo’s followers, called “The Poor of Lyons” in France and “The Poor Lombards” in Italy, grew in number. Within a short time they were accused of heresy, repressed and persecuted by civil and religious authorities. Despite this, Waldensians continued to evangelize and succeeded in establishing an important community in the western Alps of the Piedmont and others elsewhere in the Italian peninsula.

The Waldensian movement became part of the Protestant Reformation in 1532. From that time, the church became Protestant in the Presbyterian and Calvinist tradition.

Persecution, however, continued. The massacres of 1655, known as “Piedmont Easter,” raised protests in Europe. John Milton wrote of it in his ode, “On the Late Massacre in Piedmont.” By 1685 the few Waldensian survivors took shelter in Switzerland, although four years later they re-enter their Alpine valleys. This was called the “Glorious Return” of a community composed of women, children, and the elderly who crossed the Alps to reclaim their land and continue witnessing their Protestant faith.

Civil liberties were granted to them in 1848. Today there are global Waldensian communities.

 

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