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Thomas Davitt C.M.


Francis Clet’s biographers often let his martyrdom overshadow or distort his humanity by endowing his life with the heroism seen at the end of it. Thomas Davitt quotes extensively from Clet’s letters to give a factual account of his life, which includes his personal characteristics, his preparations for the China mission, and the problems he faced there. The circumstances of his sentencing and imprisonment are given, along with his own perspective on them. Also included are Clet’s observations of how the practice of religion and the treatment of prisoners in China differ from France.