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John E. Rybolt C.M., Ph.D.


Vincent de Paul appeared in two nineteenth-century novels. The first was William Henry Anderdon’s Antoine de Bonneval: A Tale of Paris in the Days of St. Vincent de Paul, which appeared sometime between 1857 and 1860. The second was Madame Chervert’s The Galley Slave. An Incident in the Life of St. Vincent de Paul, which was translated into English in 1865. The article gives profiles of both authors and plot summaries of their novels. Antoine de Bonneval introduced Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac to the English-speaking world when biographies of them did not exist in English. Both novels reveal “the devotion of nineteenth-century Catholicism” to Vincent de Paul.