Fabiola or The Church of the Catacombs

Cardinal Nicholas Patrick WISEMAN (1802 - 1865)

This historical novel is set in Rome in the early 4th century AD, during the time of the cruel persecution of Christians under the Emperor Diocletian.

The heroine of the book is Fabiola, a young pagan beauty from a noble Roman family. Fabiola seems to have everything, including a superior education in the philosophers, yet under the surface, she is not content with her life. One day, in a fit of rage, she attacks and wounds her slave girl Syra, who is a secret Christian. The proud, spoiled Roman girl is humbled by Syra's humility, maturity and devotion to her in this situation, and a slow transformation begins.

Woven into this fictitious story are a number of martyrdom accounts of real-life Christian saints, including Saint Agnes, Saint Tarcisius and Saint Sebastian.

Cardinal Wiseman wrote Fabiola in part as an answer to the vigorously anti-Catholic book Hypatia by Charles Kingsley. The novel was mainly aimed at the embattled Catholic minority in England, who had recently emerged from a half-illegal status. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Religious Fiction, Published 1800 -1900

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 00 - Preface Maria Therese
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Play 01 01 - The Christian House Maria Therese
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Play 02 02 - The Martyr's Boy Maria Therese
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Play 03 03 - The Dedication Maria Therese
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Play 04 04 - The Heathen Household Maria Therese
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Play 05 05 - The Visit Maria Therese
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Play 06 06 - The Banquet Maria Therese
00:13:38
Play 07 07 - Poor and Rich Maria Therese
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Play 08 08 - The First Day's Conclusion Maria Therese
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Play 09 09 - Meetings Maria Therese
00:22:11
Play 10 10 - Other Meetings Maria Therese
00:21:15
Play 11 11 - A Talk With the Reader Maria Therese
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Play 12 12 - The Wolf and the Fox Maria Therese
00:08:31
Play 13 13 - Charity Maria Therese
00:06:28
Play 14 14 - Extremes Meet Maria Therese
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Play 15 15 - Charity Returns Maria Therese
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Play 16 16 - The Month of October Maria Therese
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Play 17 17 - The Christian Community Maria Therese
00:22:22
Play 18 18 - Temptation Maria Therese
00:09:50
Play 19 19 - The Fall Maria Therese
00:21:56
Play 20 20 - Diogenes Maria Therese
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Play 21 21 - The Cemeteries Maria Therese
00:16:36
Play 22 22 - What Diogenes Could Not Tell About the Catacombs Maria Therese
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Play 23 23 - What Diogenes Did Tell About the Catacombs Maria Therese
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Play 24 24 - Above Ground Maria Therese
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Play 25 25 - Deliberations Maria Therese
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Play 26 26 - Dark Death Maria Therese
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Play 27 27 - Darker Still Maria Therese
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Play 28 28 - The False Brother Maria Therese
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Play 29 29 - The Ordination in December Maria Therese
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Play 30 30 - The Virgins Maria Therese
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Play 31 31 - The Nomentan Villa Maria Therese
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Play 32 32 - The Edict Maria Therese
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Play 33 33 - The Discovery Maria Therese
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Play 34 34 - Explanation Maria Therese
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Play 35 35 - The Wolf in the Fold Maria Therese
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Play 36 36 - The First Flower Maria Therese
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Play 37 37 - Retribution Maria Therese
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Play 38 38 - Twofold Revenge Maria Therese
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Play 39 39 - The Public Works Maria Therese
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Play 40 40 - The Prison Maria Therese
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Play 41 41 - The Viaticum Maria Therese
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Play 42 42 - The Fight Maria Therese
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Play 43 43 - The Christian Soldier Maria Therese
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Play 44 44 - The Rescue Maria Therese
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Play 45 45 - The Revival Maria Therese
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Play 46 46 - The Second Crown Maria Therese
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Play 47 47 - The Critical Day: Its First Part Maria Therese
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Play 48 48 - The Same Day: Its Second Part Maria Therese
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Play 49 49 - The Same Day: Its Third Part Maria Therese
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Play 50 50 - Dionysius: Priest and Physician Maria Therese
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Play 51 51 - The Sacrifice Accepted Maria Therese
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Play 52 52 - Miriam's History Maria Therese
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Play 53 53 - Bright Death Maria Therese
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Play 54 54 - The Stranger From the East Maria Therese
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Play 55 55 - The Stranger From Rome Maria Therese
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Play 56 56 - And Last Maria Therese
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