At a glance:
- Author: Brian Moore
- First Published: 1985
- Type of Work: Novel
- Time of Work: The 1630’s
- Setting: The Canadian wilderness north of Quebec
- Characters: Father Laforgue, Daniel Davost, Annuka, Chomina, Neehatin, Mestigoit, Father Jerome, Taretande
- Genres: Long fiction, Historical fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Race, Nature, Missions or missionaries, Native Americans or American Indians, Seventeenth century, Christianity, Canada or Canadians, Adventure, Martyrs or martyrdom, Priests, Jesuits, Exploration or explorers, Wildlife
- Locales: Canada, Quebec, Canada, North America
Frequently in his career as a novelist, Brian Moore has taken Catholicism and the demands of religious faith as a central theme. In Black Robe, he gives this theme a historical background, setting his story in the seventeenth century Canadian wilderness as he explores the attempts of the French Jesuits to convert the North American Indians to Christianity. The story is also of two parallel journeys—one physical and one spiritual—undertaken by a priest who has come to the New World seeking martyrdom through his service to God. As Moore’s story progresses, the...
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