The Song at the Scaffold: A Novel

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"The point of departure for my creation was not primarily the destiny of the sixteen Carmelites of Compiegne but the figure of the young Blanche. . . . Born in the profound horror of a time darkened by the signs of destiny, this figure arose before me in some way as the embodiment of the mortal agony of an era going totally to its ruin."
-Gertrud von le Fort

Set during the French Revolution, this classic novella is based on the true story of the Carmelite nuns of Compiegne, who offered their lives for the preservation of the Church in France.

The story unfolds around the fictional character of Blanche de la Force, an excessively fearful aristocrat who enters the Carmelite convent in order to flee the dangers of the world. As the Reign of Terror begins, Blanche is no safer in the convent than in the streets of Paris, and some of the sisters begin to doubt her ability to endure persecution and possibly martyrdom.

The fates of Blanche and the other Carmelites take several unexpected turns, leaving the reader with an inspiring witness not only of martyrdom but of God's power being glorified in human weakness.

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Gertrud von le Fort (1876-1971), who wrote so movingly in The Song at the Scaffold about Carmelite nuns who gave their lives for the Faith during the French Revolution was herself no stranger to religious persecution. Her ancestors, who were French Protestants, fled to Germany for religious freedom, and it was in the small town of Minden in Westphalia that she was born in 1876.

Von le Fort attended the Universities of Heidelberg and Berlin and was a student of the Protestant philosopher Ernst Troeltsch, whose works she edited. In 1925, she converted to the Catholic Faith. Key to her own conversion and in the characters and themes in her books is the importance of self-surrender. In Mary's humble fiat at the Annunciation ("Be it done unto me according to thy word"), in particular, von le Fort sees self-surrender not only as a symbol of the metaphysical aspect of woman, but as an example of the humility and reverence all creatures owe to God. Her philosophical treatise The Eternal Woman elaborates this theme.

In her novels, particularly in The Song at the Scaffold and The Veil of Veronica, her lowly, despised, inward-turning characters reveal the power of the inner life over the tumultuous, selfish ways of the world. "Through these quiet, unassuming women, through their weakness and cosmic fear, [von le Fort] indicates the spot at which grace may gain admittance to the soul of the modern man."

The call to self-surrender and humble reverence toward God, which shines forth in Gertrud von le Fort's writing, is as important for today's readers as it was two thousand years ago for the lowly maiden whose fiat raised her to be Queen of Heaven.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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