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This three-volume work is the most comprehensive biography of De La Salle that exists, written by a contemporary of his in Rouen.
Canon Blain had come to Rouen in 1710 and served as the “ecclesiastical superior” of the Brothers there and came to know the Brothers and their Founder well. He was given the material originally provided to Brother Bernard, memoirs written up to the time he was asked to write the “official” biography of De La Salle (1727), and the two biographies – one by Brother Bernard and the other by Dom François-Élie Maillefer, OSB (1723). The two monumental volumes that Canon Blain produced in 1733 remain the most faithful to the sources, despite their verbosity and hagiographical excesses.
(1996; 350 pp.)
Author: Jean-Baptiste Blain.
Translated by Richard Arnandez, FSC. Edited by Luke Salm, FSC.
Published in separate bindings with continuous pagination, 2000. The Mind and Heart of John Baptist de La Salle. Jean-Baptiste Blain. Translated by Edwin Bannon, FSC. Edited by Augustine Loes, FSC, 2002.
The four books by Jean-Baptiste Blain are Volume 2 of Lasallian Resources: Biographies of John Baptist de La Salle by His Contemporaries.
Publisher: Christian Brothers Conference – Lasallian Region of North America
NOTE: This work is currently out of print but may be found in libraries.