Agnes Warner and the Nursing Sisters of the Great War by Shawna M. Quinn

By Shawna M. Quinn

Via ear-splitting, thunderous explosions and frightened eerie flashes within the distance, the nurses of the Canadian military Nursing carrier in international battle I waited for the inevitable arrival of wounded squaddies. on the Casualty Clearing homes, they labored at a feverish speed to offer emergency take care of bleeding gashes, damaged and lacking limbs, and the devastating accidents of battle. Exploring the numerous ways that knowledgeable and volunteer nurses gave their time, abilities, or even their lives to the 1st international conflict attempt, Shawna M. Quinn considers the reviews of recent Brunswick’s nursing sisters — the gruelling stipulations of labor and the brutal realities they confronted from attainable assaults and bombings. utilizing letters, diaries, and released debts, Quinn paints a whole photograph of the adventurous younger women who witnessed first-hand the horrors of the good conflict.

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Specters of Venality 23 What effects did the practice of venal officeholding have on the ways in which French subjects understood their social and personal identities? If human persons could no longer be considered first and foremost as part of an organic social whole, what function did they serve? How were­individuals to regard one another? What legal framework governed their inter­ actions? How were they to relate, not only to God, but to their prince and fellow subjects? These questions captivated a generation of jurists, theologians, and philosophers in the final years of the reign of Louis XIV.

Historians of the eighteenth century have long traced the itineraries of authors, texts, and ideas across the continent. 50 While the French case might one day form a chapter of a far broader and more intricate narrative, there are compelling reasons—both methodological and historical—for the extended treatment it receives here. Reconstructing cultural schemas over the course of a century, and across multiple domains of activity, not only requires close attention to detail, down to the usage of specific words and expressions, but also involves amassing a considerable store of evidence.

The edict echoed absolutist orthodoxy in such matters. The monarch, as the fount of honor, could bestow nobility on his subjects at will, in recognition of services rendered. This act, moreover, entailed an elevation in character. The nobles created would become “as if born of noble and ancient lineage” and were entitled to “use and enjoy the possession [jouir] of all the honors, prerogatives, privileges, [ . . ”3 22 Specters of Venality Such benefits came at a price, of course. First, according to a clarifying arrêt issued in August 1696, the aspiring nobles were required to pay the sum of six thousand livres, along with additional fees to have the letters patent registered.

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