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Volume 2: Letters to the Family

This volume shows the private side of Titus Brandsma, who from his teenage years at boarding school in Megen, developed into a prominent Dutch Catholic, a scholar of mysticism, with an interest in many different fields and contexts. From the 292 surviving letters and cards, the warm relationships that Titus maintained with his family stand out. He empathized intensively with all the ups and downs in his family, he gave advice and also often shared about himself, his experiences, thoughts and activities. Very special are his accounts of his trips to the USA, Ireland and England, France, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Germany. These journeys were quite extraordinary for the times.

The texts are arranged chronologically and cover the years 1895 to 1942. Material from the following archives is used: St. Archief- en Documentatiecentrum voor r.k. Friesland in Bolsward and the archive of the Dutch Province of the Carmelites (NCI) in Boxmeer. A register of names, places and newspapers facilitates the targeted search for certain information.

Cover boek Collected Works Volume 2 Titus Brandsma ENGWith contributions from dr Kevin Alban (St Mary's, London), prof. Alfons Brüning (Radboud University, Nijmegen), dr Leo Ewals (curator Jac Maris Museum, Heumen), dr Antoine Jacobs, (freelance historian), dr Petra Kleinpenning (freelance editor and writer), dr Edeltraud Klueting (director Forschungsinstitut der Deutschen Provinz der Karmeliten, Bamberg), dr Patrick Mullins (director Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland, Dublin), Henk Nota (founder of St. Archief- en Documentatiecentrum voor r.k. Friesland, Bolsward), prof. Michael Plattig (Institutum Carmelitanun, Gregoriana, Antonianum, Rome), Prof. Rossano Zas Friz De Col (Gregoriana, Rome).
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